Directed reactions within confined reaction environments: Polyadditions in polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes
Polyaddition reactions performed within a highly ordered polyelectrolyte-surfactant monomer complex of polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride and di(undecenyl) phosphate give a 1:1 copy of the original lamellar host structure. No phase disruption or disordering occurs during the reaction. The phase morphology of the host before and after swelling and after polymerization is investigated by small-angle-X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy. The polymer symplex has an improved thermal and mechanical stability.