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Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN); Department of Chemical Engineering; Department of Physics & Astronomy
Prof. Mark W. Matsen


Publications for 2019

J. D. Willis, T. M. Beardsley and M. W. Matsen, Calibration of a lattice model for high-molecular-weight block copolymer melts. J. Chem. Phys. 150, xxx (2019) .

T. M. Beardsley and M. W. Matsen, Calibration of the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter in field-theoretic simulations. J. Chem. Phys. 150, 174902 (2019) .

S. Blaber, P. Mahmoudi, R. K. W. Spencer and M. W. Matsen, Effect of chain stiffness on the entropic segregation of chain ends to the surface of a polymer melt. J. Chem. Phys. 150, 014904 (2019) .


Publications for 2018

R. K. W. Spencer and M. W. Matsen, Field-theoretic simulations of bottlebrush copolymers. J. Chem. Phys. 149, 184901 (2018) .

D.F. Sunday, A.B. Chang, C.D. Liman, E. Gann, D.M. Delongchamp, L. Thomsen, M.W. Matsen, R.H. Grubbs and C.L. Soles, Self-assembly of ABC bottlebrush triblock terpolymers with evidence for looped backbone conformations. Macromolecules 51, 7178 (2018) .

R. K. W. Spencer and M. W. Matsen, Correction to critical point of symmetric binary homopolymer blends. Macromolecules 51, 4747 (2018) .

R. K. W. Spencer and M. W. Matsen, Fluctuation effects in blends of A+B homopolymers with AB diblock copolymer. J. Chem. Phys. 148, 204907 (2018) .

J.A. Hill, K.J. Endres, P. Mahmoudi, M.W. Matsen, C. Wesdemiotis and M.D. Foster, Detection of surface enrichment driven by molecular weight disparity in virtually monodisperse polymers. ACS Macro Lett. 7, 487 (2018) .

M. Mahmoudi, R. W. S. Forrest, T. M. Beardsley and M. W. Matsen, Testing the universality of entropic segregation at polymer surfaces. Macromolecules 51, 1242 (2018) .


Publications for 2017

P. Mahmoudi and M. W. Matsen, Entropic segregation of short polymers to the surface of a polydisperse melt. Eur. Phys. J. E 40, 85 (2017) .

T. M. Beardsley and M. W. Matsen, Fluctuation correction for the critical transition of symmetric homopolymer blends. J. Chem. Phys. 147, 044905 (2017) .

R. K. W. Spencer, B. Vorselaars and M. W. Matsen, Continuous thermodynamic integration in field-theoretic simulations of structured polymers. Macromol. Theory Simul. 26, 1700036 (2017) .

A. B. Chang, C. M. Bates, B. Lee, C. M. Garland, S. C. Jones, R. K. W. Spencer, M. W. Matsen and R. H. Grubbs, Manipulating the ABCs of self-assembly via low-χ block polymer design. PNAS 114, 6462 (2017) .

R. K. W. Spencer and M. W. Matsen, Domain bridging in thermoplastic elastomers of star block copolymer. Macromolecules 50, 1681 (2017) .


Publications for 2016

M. J. Maher, J. L. Self, P. Stasiak, G. Blachut, C. J. Ellison, M. W. Matsen, C. M. Bates and C. G. Willson, Structure, stability and reorganization of 0.5 L0 topography in block copolymer thin films. ACS Nano 10, 10152 (2016) .

T. M. Beardsley and M. W. Matsen, Universality between experiment and simulation of a diblock copolymer melt. Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 217801 (2016) .

R. K. W. Spencer and M. W. Matsen, Critical point of symmetric binary homopolymer blends. Macromolecules 49, 6116 (2016) .

P. Mahmoudi and M. W. Matsen, Segregation of chain ends to the surface of a polymer melt: Effect of surface profile versus chain discreteness. Eur. Phys. J. E 39, 78 (2016) .

R. K. W. Spencer and M. W. Matsen, Confinement effects on the miscibility of block copolymer blends. Eur. Phys. J. E 39, 43 (2016) .


Publications for 2015

B. Vorselaars, P. Stasiak and M. W. Matsen, Field-theoretic simulation of block copolymers at experimentally relevant molecular weights. Macromolecules 46, 9071 (2015) .

S. J. Dalsin, T. G. Rions-Maehren, M. D. Beam, F. S. Bates, M. A. Hillmyer and M. W. Matsen, Bottlebrush block polymers: Quantitative theory and experiments. ACS Nano 9, 12233 (2015) .

R. K. W. Spencer and M. W. Matsen, Boundary tension between coexisting phases of a block copolymer blend. Macromolecules 48, 2840 (2015) .


Publications for 2014

M. Ilton, P. Stasiak, M. W. Matsen, and K. Dalnoki-Veress, A single liquid on a homogeneous substrate can lead to a quantized spectrum of contact angles. Phys. Canada 70, 153 (2014).

J. Glaser, P. Medapuram, T. M. Beardsley, M. W. Matsen, and D. C. Morse, Universality of block copolymer melts. Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 068302 (2014) .

M. W. Matsen and P. Mahmoudi, Segregation of chain ends to the surface of a polymer melt. Eur. Phys. J. E 37, 78 (2014) .

M. Ilton, P. Stasiak, M. W. Matsen, and K. Dalnoki-Veress, Quantized contact angles in the dewetting of a structured liquid. Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 068303 (2014) .


Publications for 2013

P. Stasiak and M. W. Matsen, Monte Carlo field-theoretic simulations for melts of symmetric diblock copolymer. Macromolecules 46, 8037 (2013) .

R. D. Peters, P. Stasiak, M. W. Matsen, and K. Dalnoki-Veress, Morphology induced spinodal decomposition at the surface of symmetric diblock copolymer films. ACS Macro Lett., 2, 441 (2013) .

M. W. Matsen, Comparison of A-block polydispersity effects on BAB triblock and AB diblock copolymer melts. Eur. Phys. J. E, 36, 44 (2013) .


Publications for 2012

P. Stasiak, J. D. McGraw, K. Dalnoki-Veress, and M. W. Matsen, Step edges in thin films of lamellar-forming diblock copolymer. Macromolecules 45, 9531 (2012) .

M. W. Matsen, Self-consistent field theory for melts of low-molecular-weight diblock copolymer. Macromolecules 45, 8502 (2012) .

M. W. Matsen, Effect of architecture on the phase behavior of AB-type block copolymer melts. Macromolecules 45, 2161 (2012) .

M. W. Matsen, Effect of salt on the compression of polyelectrolyte brushes in a theta solvent. Eur. Phys. J. E 35, 13 (2012) .


Publications for 2011

J. D. McGraw, I. D. W. Rowe, M. W. Matsen, and K. Dalnoki-Veress, Dynamics of interacting edge defects in copolymer lamellae. Eur. Phys. J. E 34, 131 (2011) .

B. M. D. O'Driscoll, G. H. Griffiths, M. W. Matsen and I. W. Hamley Structure variation and evolution in microphase-separated grafted diblock copolymer films. Macromolecules 44 , 8527 (2011) .

P. Stasiak and M. W. Matsen, Efficiency of pseudo-spectral algorithms with Anderson mixing for the SCFT of periodic block-copolymer phases. Eur. Phys. J. E 34, 110 (2011) .

T. M. Beardsley and M. W. Matsen, Monte Carlo phase diagram for a polydisperse diblock copolymer melt. Macromolecules 44, 6209 (2011) .

B. Vorselaars, J. U. Kim, T. L. Chantawansri, G. H. Fredrickson and M. W. Matsen, Self-consistent field theory for diblock copolymers grafted to a sphere. Soft Matter 7, 5128 (2011) .

J. L. Carvalho, M. V. Massa, S. L. Cormier, M. W. Matsen, and K. Dalnoki-Veress, Reversible sphere-to-lamellar wetting transition at the interface of a diblock copolymer system. Eur. Phys. J. E 34, 51 (2011) .

M. W. Matsen, Compression of polyelectrolyte brushes in a salt-free theta solvent. Eur. Phys. J. E 34, 45 (2011) .

G. H. Griffiths, B. Vorselaars and M. W. Matsen, Unit-cell approximation for diblock-copolymer brushes grafted to spherical particles. Macromolecules 44, 3649 (2011) .


Publications for 2010

M. W. Matsen, Strong-segregation limit of the self-consistent field theory for diblock copolymer melts. Eur. Phys. J. E 33, 297 (2010) .

B. M. D. O'Driscoll, G. H. Griffiths, M. W. Matsen, S. Perrier, V. Ladmiral and I. W. Hamley, Lateral phase separation in grafted diblock copolymer films. Macromolecules 43, 8177 (2010) .

T. M. Beardsley and M. W. Matsen, Monte Carlo phase diagram for diblock copolymer melts. Eur. Phys. J. E 32, 255 (2010) .

M. W. Matsen, Architectural effect on the surface tension of an ABA triblock copolymer melt. Macromolecules 43, 1671 (2010) .


Publications for 2009

M. W. Matsen, Fast and accurate SCFT calculations for periodic block-copolymer morphologies using the spectral method with Anderson mixing. Eur. Phys. J. E 30, 361 (2009) .

J. U. Kim and M. W. Matsen, Droplets of structured fluid on a flat substrate. Soft Matter 5, 2889 (2009) .

M. W. Matsen and G. H. Griffiths, Melt brushes of diblock copolymer. Eur. Phys. J. E 29, 219 (2009) .

M. W. Matsen, J. U. Kim, and A. E. Likhtman, Finite-N effects for ideal polymer chains near a flat impenetrable wall. Eur. Phys. J. E 29, 107 (2009) .

J. U. Kim and M. W. Matsen, Compression of polymer brushes: Quantitative comparison of self-consistent field theory with experiment. Macromolecules 42, 3430 (2009) .

J. U. Kim and M. W. Matsen, Positioning Janus nanoparticles in block copolymer scaffolds. Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 078303 (2009) .


Publications for 2008

A. B. Croll, M. W. Matsen, A.-C. Shi, and K. Dalnoki-Veress, Kinetics of layer-hopping in a diblock copolymer lamellar phase. Eur. Phys. J. E 27, 407 (2008) .

T. M. Beardsley and M. W. Matsen, Effects of polydispersity on the order-disorder transition of diblock copolymer melts. Eur. Phys. J. E 27, 323 (2008) .

N. A. Lynd, M. A. Hillmyer, and M. W. Matsen, Theory of polydisperse block copolymer melts: Beyond the Schulz-Zimm distribution. Macromolecules 41, 4531 (2008) .

J. U. Kim and M. W. Matsen, Interaction between polymer-grafted particles. Macromolecules 41, 4435 (2008) .

M. W. Matsen and R. B. Thompson, Particle distributions in a block copolymer nanocomposite. Macromolecules 41, 1853 (2008) .

J. U. Kim and M. W. Matsen, Repulsion exerted on a spherical particle by a polymer brush. Macromolecules 41, 246 (2008) .


Publications for 2007

M. W. Matsen, Polydispersity-induced macrophase separation in diblock copolymer melts. Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 148304 (2007) .

J. U. Kim and M. W. Matsen, Finite-stretching corrections to the Milner-Witten-Cates theory for polymer brushes. Eur. Phys. J. E 23, 135 (2007) .


Publications for 2006

M. W. Matsen, Effects of large degrees of polydispersity on strongly-segregated block copolymers. Eur. Phys. J. E 21, 199 (2006) .

A. B. Croll, M. V. Massa, M. W. Matsen, and K. Dalnoki-Veress, Droplet shape of an anisotropic liquid. Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 204502 (2006) .

M. W. Matsen, Undulation instability in block-copolymer lamellae subjected to a perpendicular electric field. Soft Matter 2, 1048 (2006) .

M. W. Matsen, Electric-field alignment in thin films of cylinder-forming diblock copolymer. Macromolecules 39, 5512 (2006) .

M. W. Matsen, Converting the nanodomains of a diblock-copolymer thin film from spheres to cylinders with an external electric field. J. Chem. Phys. 124, 074906 (2006) .

M. W. Matsen, G. H. Griffiths, R. Wickham, and O. N. Vassiliev, Monte Carlo phase diagram for diblock copolymer melts. J. Chem. Phys. 124, 024904 (2006) .

M. W. Matsen, Self-consistent field theory and its applications. In Soft Matter, Volume 1: Polymer Melts and Mixtures, Edited by G. Gompper and M. Schick (Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2006). ISBN: 3-527-30500-9


Publications for 2005

M. W. Matsen, Stability of a block-copolymer lamella in a strong electric field. Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 258302 (2005) .

M. W. Matsen, Comment on "Attraction between nanoparticles induced by end-grafted homopolymers in good solvent." Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 069801 (2005) .

M. W. Matsen, Effect of chain tilt on the interaction between brush-coated colloids. Macromolecules 38, 4525 (2005) .

M. W. Matsen, Scaling behavior of a brush-homopolymer interface in the limit of high grafting density. J. Chem. Phys. 122, 144904 (2005) .


Publications for 2004

M. W. Matsen, Investigating the dominant corrections to the strong-stretching theory for dry polymeric brushes. J. Chem. Phys. 121, 1938 (2004) .


Publications for 2003

M. W. Matsen, Comment on "Cylindrical phase of block copolymers: Stability of circular configuration to elliptical distortions and thin film morphologies." Phys. Rev. E 67, 023801 (2003) .

M. W. Matsen and J. M. Gardiner, Corrections to the strong-stretching theory of polymer brushes due to the proximal layer. J. Chem. Phys. 118, 3775 (2003) .

O. N. Vassiliev and M. W. Matsen, Fluctuation effects in block copolymer melts. J. Chem. Phys. 118, 7700 (2003) .

M. W. Matsen, New fast SCFT algorithm applied to binary diblock copolymer/homopolymer blends. Macromolecules 36, 9647 (2003) .


Publications for 2002

M. W. Matsen, The standard Gaussian model for block copolymer melts. J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 14, R21 (2002) .

R. B. Thompson, A. C. Balazs, V. V. Ginzburg, and M. W. Matsen, Block copolymer-directed assembly of nanoparticles: Forming mesoscopically ordered hybrid materials. Macromolecules 35, 1060 (2002) .

J. R. Naughton and M. W. Matsen, Limitations of the dilution approximation for concentrated block copolymer/solvent mixtures. Macromolecules 35, 5688 (2002) .

M. W. Matsen, Corrections to the strong-stretching theory of polymer brushes due to the entropy of the free ends. J. Chem. Phys. 117, 2351 (2002) .

S. R. Edgecombe, J. M. Gardiner, and M. W. Matsen, Suppressing autophobic dewetting by using a bimodal brush. Macromolecules 35, 6475 (2002) .

J. R. Naughton and M. W. Matsen, Nonperiodic lamellar phase in ternary diblock copolymer/homopolymer blends. Macromolecules 35, 8926 (2002) .


Publications for 2001

J. P. A. Fairclough, S.-M. Mai, M. W. Matsen, W. Bras, L. Messe, S. Turner, A. Gleeson, C. Booth, I. W. Hamley, and A. J. Ryan, Crystallisation in block copolymer melts: small soft-structures that template larger hard-structures. J. Chem. Phys. 114, 5425 (2001) .

L. Kane, D. A. Norman, S. A. White, M. W. Matsen, M. M. Satkowski, S. D. Smith, and R. J. Spontak, Molecular nanostructural and mechanical characteristics of lamellar triblock copolymer blends: Effects of molecular weight and constraint. Macromol. Rapid Comm. 22, 281 (2001) .

M. W. Matsen, Cylinder --> sphere epitaxial transitions in block copolymer melts. J. Chem. Phys. 114, 8165 (2001) .

M. W. Matsen, Testing strong-segregation theory against self-consistent field theory for block copolymers. J. Chem. Phys. 114, 10528 (2001) .

R. B. Thompson, V. V. Ginzburg, M. W. Matsen, and A. C. Balazs, Predicting the mesophases of copolymer/nanoparticle composites. Science 292, 2469 (2001) .

M. W. Matsen and J. M. Gardiner, Autophobic dewetting of homopolymer on a brush and entropic actraction between opposing brushes in a homopolymer matrix. J. Chem. Phys. 115, 2794 (2001) .


Publications for 2000

R. B. Thompson and M. W. Matsen, Effective interactions between monolayers of block copolymer compatibilzer in a polymer blends. J. Chem. Phys. 112, 6863 (2000) .

S.-M. Mai, W. Mingvanish, S. C. Turner, C. Chaibundit, J. P. A. Fairclough, F. Heatley, M. W. Matsen, A. J. Ryan, and C. Booth, Microphase separation behaviour in triblock copolymers. Comparison with diblock copolymers. Macromolecules 33, 5124 (2000) .

R. B. Thompson and M. W. Matsen, Improving polymeric microemulsions with block copolymer polydispersity. Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 670 (2000) .

M. W. Matsen and J. M. Gardiner, Anomalous domain spacing difference between AB diblock and homologous A2B2 starblock copolymers. J. Chem. Phys. 113, 1673 (2000) .

C. Chaibundit, W. Mingvanish, S. C. Turner, S.-M. Mai, J. P. A. Fairclough, A. J. Ryan, M. W. Matsen, F. Heatley, and C. Booth, Microphase separation in oxyethylene/oxybutylene copolymers with diblock and triblock architectures. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 21, 964 (2000) .

M. W. Matsen, Equilibrium behavior of asymmetric ABA triblock copolymer melts. J. Chem. Phys. 113, 5539 (2000) .


Publications for 1999

M. W. Matsen, Elastic properties of a diblock copolymer monolayer, and their relevance to bicontinuous microemulsion. J. Chem. Phys. 110, 4658 (1999) .

P. M. Lipic, F. S. Bates, and M. W. Matsen, Non-equilibrium phase behavior of diblock copolymer melts and binary blends in the intermediate segregation regime. J. Polym. Sci., Part B 37, 2229 (1999) .

T. A. Shefelbine, M. E. Vigild, M. W. Matsen, D. A. Hajduk, M. A. Hillmyer, and F. S. Bates, Identification of symmetry and morphology of an ABC triblock copolymer. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 121, 8457 (1999) .

M. W. Matsen and R. B. Thompson, Equilibrium behavior of symmetric ABA triblock copolymer melts. J. Chem. Phys. 111, 7139 (1999) .


Publications for 1998

M. W. Matsen, Comment on ''stability of ordered phases in weakly segregated diblock copolymer systems''. Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 201 (1998) .

M. W. Matsen, Cylinder<->gyroid epitaxial transitions in complex polymeric liquids. Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 4470 (1998) .

M. W. Matsen, Gyroid versus double-diamond in ABC triblock copolymer melts. J. Chem. Phys. 108, 785 (1998) .

M. W. Matsen and C. Barrett, Liquid-crystalline behavior of rod-coil diblock copolymers. J. Chem. Phys. 109, 4108 (1998) .

M. W. Matsen, Self-assembly of block copolymers in thin films. Current Opin. Colloid Interface Sci. 3, 40 (1998) .

N. Koneripalli, R. Levicky, F. S. Bates, M. W. Matsen, S. K. Satija, J. Ankner, and H. Kaiser, Ordering in blends of diblock copolymers. Macromolecules 31, 3498 (1998) .

S.-M. Mai, J. P. A. Fairclough, N. J. Terrill, S. C. Turner, I. W. Hamley, M. W. Matsen, A. J. Ryan, and C. Booth, Microphase separation in Poly(oxyethylene)-Poly(oxybutylene) diblock copolymers. Macromolecules 31, 8110 (1998) .


Publications for 1997

M. W. Matsen and F. S. Bates, Conformationally asymmetric diblock copolymers. J. Polym. Sci., Part B 35, 945 (1997) .

M. W. Matsen and F. S. Bates, Block copolymer microstructures in the intermediate-segregation regime J. Chem. Phys. 106, 2436 (1997) .

M. W. Matsen, Kink grain boundaries in a block copolymer lamellar phase. J. Chem. Phys. 107, 8110 (1997) .

M. W. Matsen, Thin films of block copolymer. J. Chem. Phys. 106, 7781 (1997) .


Publications for 1996

M. W. Matsen and F. S. Bates, Unifying weak- and strong-segregation block copolymer theories. Macromolecules 29, 1091 (1996) .

M. W. Matsen, Melts of semiflexible diblock copolymer. J. Chem. Phys. 104, 7758 (1996) .

M. W. Matsen and M. Schick, Self-assembly of block copolymers. Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science 1, 329 (1996) .

S.-M. Mai, J. P. A. Fairclough, I. W. Hamley, M. W. Matsen, R. C. Denny, B. Liao, C. Booth, and A. J. Ryan, The order-disorder transition in polyoxyethylene-polyoxybutylene diblock copolymers. Macromolecules 29, 6212 (1996) .

M. W. Matsen and F. S. Bates, Origins of complex self-assembly in block copolymers. Macromolecules 29, 7641 (1996) .

M. W. Matsen and M. D. Whitmore, Accurate diblock copolymer phase boundaries at strong segregations. J. Chem. Phys. 105, 9698 (1996) .


Publications for 1995

M. W. Matsen and D. E. Sullivan, Microemulsion and lamellar phases of a vector lattice model. Phys. Rev. E 51, 548 (1995) .

M. W. Matsen, Bridging and looping in multiblock copolymer melts. J. Chem. Phys. 102, 3884 (1995) .

M. W. Matsen, Stabilizing new morphologies by blending homopolymer with block copolymer. Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 4225 (1995) .

M. W. Matsen, Phase behavior of block copolymer/homopolymer blends. Macromolecules 28, 5765 (1995) .

M. W. Matsen, Immiscibility of large and small symmetric diblock blends. J. Chem. Phys. 103, 3268 (1995) .

M. W. Matsen and F. S. Bates, One-component approximation for binary diblock copolymer blends. Macromolecules 28, 7298 (1995) .

M. W. Matsen and F. S. Bates, Testing the strong-stretching assumption in a block copolymer microstructure. Macromolecules 28, 8884 (1995) .

F. S. Bates, W. Maurer, T. P. Lodge, M. F. Schulz, M. W. Matsen, K. Almdal, and K. Mortensen, Isotropic Lifshitz behavior in block copolymer/homopolymer blends. Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 4429 (1995) .


Publications for 1994

M. W. Matsen and M. Schick, Lamellar phase of a symmetric triblock copolymer. Macromolecules 27, 187 (1994) .

M. W. Matsen and M. Schick, Elastic properties of an interface of diblock copolymer - II. Macromolecules 27, 2316 (1994) .

M. W. Matsen and M. Schick, Stable and unstable phases of a diblock copolymer melt. Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 2660 (1994) .

M. W. Matsen and M. Schick, Microphases of a diblock copolymer with conformational asymmetry. Macromolecules 27, 4014 (1994) .

M. W. Matsen and M. Schick, Microphase separation in starblock copolymer melts. Macromolecules 27, 6761 (1994) .

M. W. Matsen and M. Schick, Stable and unstable phases of a linear multiblock copolymer melt. Macromolecules 27, 7157 (1994) .