Polymerization in surfactant solutions

Eric W. Kaler

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Closed spherical polymer shells can be synthesized via polymerization of monomers taken up in closed surfactant bilayers called vesicles, or by polymerization of the surfactants themselves. Typical vesicle dispersions are fomed by mechanically disrupting a lamellar phase, but vesicles form spontaneously in mixtures of cationic and anionic surfactant. Proper use of surfactant mixtures avoids syntheses of specialized surfactant molecules, and indeed the electrostatic interactions of anionic and cationic surfactants makes available a rich variety of microstructures. The unilamellar vesicles can be used as templates or molds for polymerization reactions, and the resulting products are characterized by Cryo-TEM and scattering experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication05AIChE
Subtitle of host publication2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase, Conference Proceedings
Number of pages1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase - Cincinnati, OH, United States
Duration: Oct 30 2005Nov 4 2005


Other05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCincinnati, OH


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