Direct Immersion Annealing of Thin Block Copolymer Films

Arvind Modi, Sarang M. Bhaway, Bryan Vogt, Jack F. Douglas, Abdullah Al-Enizi, Ahmed Elzatahry, Ashutosh Sharma, Alamgir Karim

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We demonstrate ordering of thin block copolymer (BCP) films via direct immersion annealing (DIA) at enhanced rate leading to stable morphologies. The BCP films are immersed in carefully selected mixtures of good and marginal solvents that can impart enhanced polymer mobility, while inhibiting film dissolution. DIA is compatible with roll-to-roll assembly manufacturing and has distinct advantages over conventional thermal annealing and batch processing solvent-vapor annealing methods. We identify three solvent composition-dependent BCP film ordering regimes in DIA for the weakly interacting polystyrene-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-PMMA) system: rapid short-range order, optimal long-range order, and a film instability regime. Kinetic studies in the optimal long-range order processing regime as a function of temperature indicate a significant reduction of activation energy for BCP grain growth compared to oven annealing at conventional temperatures. An attractive feature of DIA is its robustness to ordering other BCP (e.g. PS-P2VP) and PS-PMMA systems exhibiting spherical, lamellar and cylindrical ordering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21639-21645
Number of pages7
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Volume7
Issue number39
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 7 2015

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Block copolymers
Annealing
Polystyrenes
Polymethyl Methacrylate
Polymethyl methacrylates
Ovens
Grain growth
Polymers
Dissolution
Activation energy
Vapors
Temperature
Kinetics
Processing
Chemical analysis

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Modi, A., Bhaway, S. M., Vogt, B., Douglas, J. F., Al-Enizi, A., Elzatahry, A., ... Karim, A. (2015). Direct Immersion Annealing of Thin Block Copolymer Films. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 7(39), 21639-21645. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.5b06259
Modi, Arvind ; Bhaway, Sarang M. ; Vogt, Bryan ; Douglas, Jack F. ; Al-Enizi, Abdullah ; Elzatahry, Ahmed ; Sharma, Ashutosh ; Karim, Alamgir. / Direct Immersion Annealing of Thin Block Copolymer Films. In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 2015 ; Vol. 7, No. 39. pp. 21639-21645.
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