Polymerization of equilibrium vesicles

John D. Morgan, Christopher A. Johnson, Eric W. Kaler

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Abstract

Spontaneous vesicles form in aqueous solutions of mixtures of cationic and anionic surfactants. Here we report that vesicles are also found in systems containing a polymerizable monomer as a fourth component and that these vesicles can be polymerized with retention of the equilibrium structure. This is a convenient and versatile approach in which the vesicle architecture can be controlled by equilibrium surfactant self-assembly prior to polymerization, while the microstructure of the spherical polymer network can be controlled by the choice of monomer and degree of cross-linking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6447-6451
Number of pages5
JournalLangmuir
Volume13
Issue number24
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 26 1997

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