Unique morphologies were found in binary and ternary polymer blended particles, including Ashura-type phase separation, which has three different polymer components on the particle surface. The morphologies of phase-separated structures in the binary polymer blended particles are discussed in terms of the surface tensions of the blended polymers. Structural control of ternary polymer blended particles was achieved based on the combination of polymers by examining binary polymer blended particles. A theoretical approach based on the Cahn-Hilliard equations gives identical morphologies with the experimental results. This work opens the way to creating polymer particles with sophisticated nanostructures by controlling their morphologies as predicted by theoretical simulations.
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