Bates Group Publications

For an introduction to block copolymers, check out this article that appeared in Physics Today.

A full list of publications is available here.


Selected Publications


  • "Conformation Asymmetry and Quasicrystal Approximants in Linear Diblock Copolymers," by M.W. Schulze, R.M. Lewis, J.H. Lettow, R.J. Hickey, T.M. Gillard, M.A. Hillmyer and F.S. Bates, Phys. Rev. Lett.118, 207801 (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.207801
  • "Thermal processing of diblock copolymer melts mimics metallurgy," by K. Kim, M.W. Schulze, A. Arora, R.M. Lewis, M.A. Hillmyer, K.D. Dorfman and F.S. Bates, Science356, 520-523 (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aam7212
  • "Combining polyethylene and polypropylene: Enhanced performance with PE/iPP multiblock polymers," by J.M. Eagan, J. Xu, R.D. Girolamo, C.M. Thurber, C.W. Macosko, A.M. LaPointe, F.S. Bates and G.W. Coates, Science355, 814-816 (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aah5744
  • "High–throughput Excipient Discovery Enables Oral Delivery of Poorly Soluble Pharmaceutical," by J.M. Ting, S. Tale, A.A. Purchel, S.D. Jones, L. Widanapathirana, Z.P. Tolstyka, L. Guo, S.J. Guillaudeu, F.S. Bates and T.M. Reineke, ACS Central Science2, 748-755 (2016). DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.6b00268
  • "Broadly Accessible SCFT for Block Polymer Materials Discovery," by A. Arora, J. Qin, D.C. Morse, K.T. Delaney, G.H. Fredrickson, F.S. Bates and K.D. Dorfman, Macromolecules49, 4675–4690 (2016). DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b00107
  • "Synthesis and Rheology of Branched Multiblock Polymers Based on Polylactide," by A.M. Mannion, F.S. Bates and C.W. Macosko, Macromolecules49, 4587–4598 (2016). DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b00792
  • "Cornucopia of Nanoscale Ordered Phases in Sphere-Forming Tetrablock Terpolymers," by S. Chanpuriya, K. Kim, J. Zhang, S. Lee, A. Arora, K.D. Dorfman, K.T. Delaney, G.H. Fredrickson and F.S. Bates, ACS Nano10, 4961–4972 (2016). DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b00495
  • "Dodecagonal quasicrystalline order in a diblock copolymer melt," by T.M. Gillard, S. Lee and F.S. Bates, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA113, 5167–5172 (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1601692113


  • "Bottlebrush Block Polymers: Quantitative Theory and Experiments" by S.J. Dalsin, T.G. Rions-Maehren, M.D. Beam, F.S. Bates, M.A. Hillmyer and M.W. Matsen, ACS Nano9, 12233-12245 (2015). DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b05473
  • "Fluctuations, Phase Transitions, and Latent Heat in Short Diblock Copolymers: Comparison of Experiment, Simulation, and Theory," by T.M. Gillard, P. Medapuram, D.C. Morse and F.S. Bates, Macromolecules48, 2801–2811 (2015). DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b00277
  • "Sphericity and Symmetry Breaking in the Formation of Frank-Kasper Phases from One Component Materials," by S. Lee, C. Leighton and F.S. Bates, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA111, 17723–17731 (2014). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1408678111
  • "Tuning Surface Properties of Poly(butylene terephthalate) Melt Blown Fibers by Alkaline Hydrolysis and Fluorination," by Z. Wang, C.W. Macosko and F.S. Bates, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces6, 11640–11648 (2014). DOI: 10.1021/am502398u
  • "Sub-5 nm Domains in Ordered Poly(cyclohexylethylene)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) Block Polymers for Lithography," by J.G. Kennemur, L. Yao, F.S. Bates and M.A. Hillmyer, Macromolecules47, 1411–1418 (2014). DOI: 10.1021/ma4020164
  • "Sustainable Poly(lactide-b-butadiene) Multiblock Copolymers with Enhanced Mechanical Properties," by I. Lee, T.R. Panthani and F.S. Bates, Macromolecules46, 7387–7398 (2013). DOI: 10.1021/ma401508b
  • "Fibrillar Structure of Methylcellulose Hydrogels," by J.R. Lott, J.W. McAllister, S.A. Arvidson, F.S. Bates and T.P. Lodge, Biomacromolecules14, 2484-2488 (2013). DOI: 10.1021/bm400694r
  • “Dodecagonal Quasicrystalline Morphology in a Poly(styrene-b-isoprene-b-styrene-b-ethylene oxide) Tetrablock Terpolymer” by J. Zhang and F.S. Bates, J. Am. Chem. Soc.134, 7636-7639 (2012). DOI: 10.1021/ja301770v
  • “Multiblock Polymers: Panacea or Pandora’s Box?” by F.S. Bates, M.A. Hillmyer, T.P. Lodge, C.M. Bates, K.T. Delaney and G.H. Fredrickson, Science336, 434-440 (2012). DOI: 10.1126/science.1215368
  • “Structure and Dynamics of Elastomeric Multiblock Terpolymers containing Glassy, Rubbery and Semicrystalline Blocks,” by F. Zuo, C.G. Alfonso and F.S. Bates, Macromolecules44, 8143-8153 (2011). DOI: 10.1021/ma2016562


  • “Discovery of a Frank-Kasper σ-Phase in Sphere Forming Block Copolymer Melts” by S. Lee, M.J. Bluemle and F.S. Bates, Science330, 349-353 (2010). DOI: 10.1126/science.1195552
  • “Phase Behavior of Nonfrustrated ABC Triblock Copolymers: Weak and Intermediate Segregation,” by J. Quin, F.S. Bates and D.C. Morse, Macromolecules43, 5128-5136 (2010). DOI: 10.1021/ma100400q
  • “Mechanism of Molecular Exchange in Diblock Copolymer Micelles: Hypersensitivity to Core Chain Length,” by S.-H. Choi, T.P. Lodge and F.S. Bates,  Phys. Rev. Lett.104, 047802 (2010). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.047802
  • "The O52 Network by Molecular Design: CECD Tetrablock Terpolymers," by M.J. Bluemle, G. Fleury, T.P. Lodge and F.S. Bates, Soft Matter5, 1587 (2009). DOI: 10.1039/B902367D
  • "Lyotropic Phase Behavior of Poly(ethylene oxide)-Poly(butadiene) Diblock Copolymers: Evolution of the Random Network Morphology," by S. Jain, M.H.E. Dyrdal, X. Gong, L.E. Scriven and F.S. Bates, Macromolecules41, 3305 (2008). DOI: 10.1021/ma702322b
  • "Mechanical Consequences of Molecular Composition on Failure in Polyolefin Composites Containing Glassy, Elastomeric, and Semicrystalline Components" by M.K. Mahanthappa, M.A. Hillmyer and F.S. Bates, Macromolecules41, 1341 (2008). DOI: 10.1021/ma071196r
  • "Controlling Bulk Optical Properties of Emissive Polymersomes Through Intramembranous Polymer-Fluorophore Interactions" by P.P. Ghoroghchian, P.R. Frail, J.A. Zuponcich, F.S. Bates, D.H. Hammer and M.J. Therien, Chem. Mater.19, 1309 (2007). DOI: 10.1021/cm062427w
  • "Disordered Network State in Hydrated Block Copolymer Surfactants" by S. Jain, X. Gong, L.E. Scriven and F.S. Bates, Phys. Rev. Lett.96, 138304 (2006). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.138304


  • "Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Semicrystalline-Rubbery-Semicrystalline Triblock Copolymers" by C.M. Koo, L. Wu, L.S. Lim, M.K. Mahanthappa, M.A. Hillmyer and F.S. Bates, Macromolecules38, 6090 (2005). DOI: 10.1021/ma0501794
  • "Ordered Network Phases in Linear Poly(Isoprene-b-Styrene-b-Ethylene Oxide) Triblock Copolymers," by T.H. Epps, III, E.W. Cochran, T.S. Bailey, R.S. Waletzko, C.M. Hardy and F.S. Bates, Macromolecules37, 8325 (2004). DOI: 10.1021/ma048762s
  • "Shear-induced Network-to-Network Transition in a Block Copolymer Melt," by E.W. Cochran and F.S. Bates, Phys. Rev. Lett.93, 087802 (2004). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.93.087802
  • "On the Origins of Morphological Complexity in Aqueous Dispersions of Block Copolymer Surfactants," by S. Jain and F.S. Bates, Science300, 460 (2003). DOI: 10.1126/science.1082193
  • "High Strength Welds in Metallocene Polypropylene/Polyethylene Laminates," by K.A. Chaffin, J.S. Knutsen, F.S., Bates and P. Brant, Science288, 2187 (2000). DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5474.2187
  • "Giant Wormlike Rubber Micelles," by Y.-Y. Won, H.T. Davis and F.S. Bates, Science283, 960 (1999). DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5404.960
  • "Block Copolymers - Designer Soft Materials," by F.S. Bates and G.H. Fredrickson, Physics Today52, 32 (1999). DOI: 10.1063/1.882522
  • "Polymersomes: Vesicles Made from Diblock Copolymers," by B.M. Discher, Y.-Y. Won, D.S. Ege, J. C.-M. Lee, F.S. Bates, D.E. Discher and D.A. Hammer, Science284, 1143 (1999). DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5417.1143