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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Younis MR, Bajwa SZ, Lieberzeit PA, Khan WS, Mujahid A, Ihsan A, Rehman A
Article Title: Molecularly imprinted porous beads for the selective removal of copper ions.
Publication date: 2016
Journal: Journal of Separation Science
Volume: 39
Issue: (4)
Page numbers: 793-798.
DOI: 10.1002/jssc.201500984

Abstract: In the present work, novel molecularly imprinted polymer porous beads for the selective separation of copper ions have been synthesized by combining two material-structuring techniques, namely, molecular imprinting and oil-in-water-in-oil emulsion polymerization. This method produces monodisperse spherical beads with an average diameter of ~2-3 mm, in contrast to adsorbents produced in the traditional way of grinding and sieving. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy indicates that the beads are porous in nature with interconnected pores of about 25-50 μm. Brunner-Emmett-Teller analysis shows that the ion-imprinted beads possess a high surface area (8.05 m2/g), and the total pore volume is determined to be 0.00823 cm3/g. As a result of the highly porous nature and ion-imprinting, the beads exhibit a superior adsorption capacity (84 mg/g) towards copper than the non-imprinted material (22 mg/g). Furthermore, selectivity studies indicate that imprinted beads show splendid recognizing ability, that is, nearly fourfold greater selective binding for Cu2+ in comparison to the other bivalent ions such as Mn2+, Ni2+, Co2+, and Ca2+. The imprinted composite beads prepared in this study possess uniform porous morphology and may open up new possibilities for the selective removal of copper ions from waste water/contaminated matrices
Template and target information: copper ions, Cu(II)
Author keywords: copper, emulsion polymerization, molecular imprinting, Porous polymer composites, selective adsorption

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