The effect of spherical and sphero-cylindrical fillers on the order–disorder transition (ODT) of a symmetric diblock copolymer melt is investigated. Self-consistent equations describing the copolymer density distribution in the presence of fillers are derived. Using these equations, we calculate the excess free energy due to the presence of the particles in the diblocks. The critical value of the segregation factor χN is recalculated with the effect of the fillers taken into account. We find that a relatively small volume fraction of fillers can cause a significant suppression of the ODT temperature. It is shown that smaller particles cause a greater suppression of the ODT temperature provided a constant particle volume fraction is maintained. The effect of the particle shape on the ODT is investigated. The ODT temperature shift is calculated for the sphero-cylindrical particles as a function of their aspect ratio at a given particle volume. It is found that sphero-cylinders with the smaller aspect ratio produce the bigger effect on the ODT. A scaling analysis of the presented results and a comparison with the experimental work are given.

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