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Comb-like ionic complexes were prepared from polyuronic acids (pectinic and alginic acids) and alkyltrimethylammonium surfactants bearing linear alkyl chains with 18, 20 and 22 carbon atoms. In the condensed state, these complexes were able to self-assemble in ordered structures which were thermally stable up to ~200ºC. The complexes were analysed by DSC and WAXS/SAXS and compared to their analogous made from poly(γ-glutamic acid). They all adopt a biphasic layered structure in which the main chain and the alkyl side chain alternate with a nanometric periodicity. Alkyl side chains were partially crystallized in these complexes and they show reversible melting at temperatures within the 60-80ºC range depending on the length of the polymethylene segment.
CitationTolentino, A. [et al.]. Ionic complexes of polyacids and cationic surfactants. "Macromolecular symposia", 01 Octubre 2010, vol. 296, núm. 1, p. 265-271.
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