Polymerization of microemulsions to yield functionalised absorbent membranes

Gareth J. Price, Thomas C. Hunter

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The potential of using functionalised microporous membranes as adsorbents for chemical sensor applications is described. The membranes are formed by photopolymerization of water based microemulsions containing methyl methacrylate with acrylic acid, methacrylic acid or N-vinyl pyrrolidinone. By pre-treating a gold surface with allyl mercaptan, it is possible to anchor the membrane onto the surface. In this preliminary work, N-acryloyl morpholine is used as a functional ligand, incorporation of which into the porous coating allows ready absorption of copper ions from aqueous solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-605
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Polymer Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry


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