• β-cyclodextrin;
  • bimodal porous copolymer;
  • foaming;
  • supercritical CO2;
  • inclusion adsorption


A novel insoluble bimodal porous polymer containing β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) was prepared to adsorb aromatic amine compound. The process involved copolymerization of styrene and methyl methacrylate with a maleic acid derivative of β-CD, subsequently, above formed copolymer was foamed by supercritical CO2. The chemical properties and physical structure of obtained copolymer was analyzed using Fourier transform infrared spectra, Thermal gravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, and N2 adsorption techniques. The inclusion adsorption of aromatic amine compounds on β-CD copolymer was carried out in a batch system. The quantities of aromatic amine compounds adsorbed on β-CD copolymer reached equilibrium within 60 min. The adsorption kinetic could be fitted to a pseudo-second-order kinetic equation, and the linear correlation coefficients varied from 0.9828 to 0.9935. With the influence of molecular structure and hydrophobicity of the aromatic amine compound, the sequence of quantity of aromatic amine compounds adsorbed on β-CD copolymer is p-toluidine > aniline > benzidine > o-toluidine. The adsorption equilibrium data of aromatic amine compound adsorbed on β-CD copolymer were fitted to Freundlich and Langmuir models, respectively. The linear correlation coefficients of Langmuir model varied from 0.9516 to 0.9940, and the linear correlation coefficients of Freundlich varied from 0.9752 to 0.9976. It is concluded that Freundlich model fits better than Langmuir model, because the adsorption of aromatic amine compound on β-CD copolymer is a chemical process. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2010