The oxidative matrix polyrmerization of pyrrole (Py) by Fe(III), Cu(II), Ni(II), Co(II), and Zn(II) in the presence of polyacrylic acid (PAA) was studied and water-soluble products along with insoluble products were obtained. The metal (Me) content of the insoluble part was determined by using atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS). The effects of the oxidation potential of Me ions and ligands on the aggregation of polypyrrole (PPy) on the matrix polymer were measured by ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectra. These findings also were checked by cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements on PAA-Cu and PAA-PPy-Cu interactions. The conductonnetric titration results of PAA-PPy-Me ternary solutions were explained in the light of the interaction of Me ions with Py to polymerize on the PAA matrix resulting in some free carboxyl groups with a possibility of having Me-polymer complexes and a ternary complex (PAA-Me-PPy). The insoluble products were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), elemental analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and four point probe conductivity measurements. (C) 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.