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Synthesis of Spherical Ultra-High-Surface-Area Monodisperse Amphipathic Polymer Sponges in the Low-Micrometer Size Range

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  • Núria Fontanals,

    1. Department of Analytical and Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Campus Sescelades, Marcel.lí Domingo s/n, 43007 Tarragona (Spain)
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  • Panagiotis Manesiotis,

    1. WestCHEM, Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, Thomas Graham Building, 295 Cathedral Street, Glasgow, G1 1XL, Scotland (UK)
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  • David C. Sherrington,

    1. WestCHEM, Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, Thomas Graham Building, 295 Cathedral Street, Glasgow, G1 1XL, Scotland (UK)
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  • Peter A. G. Cormack

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    1. WestCHEM, Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, Thomas Graham Building, 295 Cathedral Street, Glasgow, G1 1XL, Scotland (UK)
    • WestCHEM, Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, Thomas Graham Building, 295 Cathedral Street, Glasgow, G1 1XL, Scotland (UK).
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  • N. F. is grateful to the Secretaría de Estado de Universidades e Investigación del Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia (Spain) for a post-doctoral grant (EX2005-0942).

Abstract

Spherical, ultra-high specific surface area monodisperse polymer particles with diameters in the low micrometer size range are disclosed for the first time. The polymer particles are able to sorb significant levels of both hydrocarbon solvents and water, acting in effect as amphipathic micro-sponges. Exciting possibilities for exploitation of the particles in chromatography, diagnostics, sensors, delivery vehicles and catalysis are suggested.

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