## Abstract

The Leibler theory [L. Leibler, Macromolecules 13, 1602 (1980)] for microphase separation in AB block copolymer melts is generalized for systems with arbitrary topology of molecules. A diagrammatic technique for calculation of the monomeric correlation functions is developed. The free energies of various mesophases are calculated within the second-harmonic approximation. Model highly branched tree-like structures are considered as an example and their phase diagrams are obtained. The topology of molecules is found to influence the spinodal temperature and asymmetry of the phase diagrams, but not the types of phases and their order. We suggest that all model AB block copolymer systems will exhibit the typical phase behavior. (C) 2001 American Institute of Physics.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 2452-2465 |

Number of pages | 14 |

Journal | The Journal of Chemical Physics |

Volume | 114 |

Issue number | 5 |

Publication status | Published - 1 Feb 2001 |

## Keywords

- DENSITY-FUNCTIONAL THEORY
- LANDAU-BRAZOVSKII-THEORY
- MICROPHASE SEPARATION
- DIBLOCK COPOLYMERS
- HARMONIC CORRECTIONS
- EQUILIBRIUM MORPHOLOGY
- WEAK-SEGREGATION
- TRANSITIONS
- SYSTEMS