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Synthesis of Macroporous Polystyrene by the Polymerization of Foamed Emulsions

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  • We acknowledge financial support from Science Foundation Ireland (08/RFP/ENM/1169).

Abstract

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An ideal template for the production of macroporous polystyrene can be prepared from foamed oil-in-water emulsions containing styrene, water, glycerol, and sodium dodecylsulfate. After addition of a photoinitiator the mixture is polymerized with UV light and the foam structure of the precursor is transferred to the polymer. The resulting materials display densely packed cells with windows between adjacent pores (see SEM image; scale bar: 250 μm).

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