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Rustum Choksi, Department of Mathematics, Simon Frasier University

"Microphase Separation of Diblock Copolymers"

Abstract

Diblock copolymer melts, dubbed ``designer materials'', have the remarkable ability for self-assembly into various ordered structures. These structures are key to the many properties that make diblock copolymers of great technological interest.

In this talk, I will discuss modeling and analytical issues for both diblock copolymer melts and copolymer-homopolymer blends.

Modeling issues pertain to deriving averaged density functional theories from the microscopic behavior of the polymer chains. Analytical work addresses these density functional theories with ansatz-independent results for energy minimizing configurations.

TUESDAY, March 16, 2004
Time: 1:30 P.M.
Location: PPB 300