Metal Ion-Imprinted Polymers Prepared by Surface Template Polymerization with Water-in-Oil Emulsions

Kazuya Uezu, Masahiro Goto, Fumiyuki Nakashio

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    Metal ion-imprinted polymers are prepared by surface template polymerization, an emulsion polymerization process which utilizes a functional monomer, an emulsion stabilizer, a polymer matrix-forming co-monomer, and a print molecule. Such surface-templated polymers offer high sorption rates for metal ions as well as high selectivity. For this technique, the interfacial activity of the functional monomer is a vital factor for the selection of a suitable metal ion-binding amphiphile. It is also an important factor for the firm attachment of the functional monomer onto the polymer matrix. We have succeeded in preparing highly selective ion-imprinted polymers by two approaches: a) the design of functional monomers; and b) post-irradiation with gamma rays to make the polymer matrix more rigid. Adsorption behavior of Zn(II) and Cu(II) by the newly synthesized polymers has been evaluated. The imprinting effect on metal-ion adsorption efficiency and selectivity is discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)278-289
    Number of pages12
    JournalACS Symposium Series
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1998

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Chemistry(all)
    • Chemical Engineering(all)


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