Gelation of "catanionic" vesicles by hydrophobically modified polyelectrolytes

Henry S. Ashbaugh, Kathleen Boon, Robert K. Prud'homme

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The gelation of mixed cationic/anionic surfactant vesicles of sodium dodecyl sulfate/didodecyl-dimethylammonium bromide and sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate/cetyltrimethylammonium tosylate by hydrophobically modified sodium polyacrylate is studied rheologically. When the vesicles are cationically charged, mixtures with this anionic polyelectrolyte form precipitates. When the vesicles are anionically charged, however, these mixtures display a progression from a Maxwell fluid to a critical gel to a solid-like gel with increasing vesicle and/or polyelectrolyte concentration. Consideration of the viscous behavior with increasing vesicle and polymer volume fraction indicates that the gel network is formed by the bridging of the hydrophobically modified polymer between vesicles. The similarity between the gelation results for the two anionic systems suggests the results can be generalized to other similarly charged mixtures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)783-788
Number of pages6
JournalColloid and Polymer Science
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


  • Gels
  • Hydrophobically modified polymers
  • Vesicles


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