Tuning molecular relaxation for vertical orientation in cylindrical block copolymer films via sharp dynamic zone annealing

Gurpreet Singh, Kevin G. Yager, Detlef-M. Smilgies, Manish M. Kulkarni, David G. Bucknall, Alamgir Karim

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Abstract

Fabricating vertically ordered and etchable high aspect ratio nanodomains of block copolymer (BCP) thin films on diverse substrates via continuous processing dynamic cold zone annealing (CZA) is particularly attractive for nanomanufacturing of next-generation electronics. Previously, we reported dynamic CZA studies with a shallow thermal gradient (maximum del T similar to 14 degrees C/mm) that produced only BCP cylinders oriented parallel to substrate. Here, we report a CZA utilizing a dynamic sharp thermal gradient (del T similar to 45 degrees C/mm) (i.e., CZA-S). This method allows for production of etchable and vertically oriented cylindrical domains of poly(styrene-b-methyl methacrylate) in 100-1000 rim thick films on low thermal conductivity rigid (quartz) and flexible (PDMS, Kapton) substrates. Competing substrate wetting interactions dominate BCP orientation in films below 100 nm while broadening of the thermal gradient profile in films thicker than 1000 nm leads to loss of vertical orientation. An optimal dynamic sweep rate (similar to 5 mu m/s) produces the best vertical order. At too fast a sweep rate (>10 mu m/s) the BCP film ordering is kinetically hindered, while at too slow a sweep rate (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7107-7117
Number of pages11
JournalMacromolecules
Volume45
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2012

Keywords

  • POLYMER THIN-FILMS
  • INTERFACIAL INTERACTIONS
  • FILTRATION MEMBRANES
  • LITHOGRAPHY
  • TEMPERATURE
  • SQUARE
  • NANOCOMPOSITES
  • FABRICATION
  • TRANSITION
  • EVOLUTION

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