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    • Synthesis and characterization of metal ion-imprinted polymers


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      In this study, ion-imprinted polymeric materials from an aqueous solution were prepared to remove metal ions (M$^{2+}$) like Ni$^{2+}$, Co$^{2+}$, etc. To prepare ion-imprinted polymers (IIPs), acrylic acid derivatives (XA) like acrylamide (AAm), methacrylic acid and itaconic acid were chosen as monomers. Metal ions formed binary chelate complexes with the help of 8-hydroxyquinoline (8-HQ).The solution containing functional monomers and the binary complex were polymerizedwith the help of various cross-linkers [ethylene glycol dimethylacrylate (EGDMA) or trimethylpropane trimethacrylate (TMPTMA)] and the target ion was removed from this polymer through an applicable method to produce IIPs. Furthermore, the control polymers (CPs) were synthesized through the same method without using metal ion. Characterization of the polymericmaterials was investigated through spectroscopic (FTIR/ATR), thermal (TGA, DSC) and surface (SEM and XRD) analyses. Functional monomers, cross-linkers and the target ion’s species were changed during preparation of IIPs to observe their effect on imprinting of the target ion. Adsorption of the target ion to the prepared IIPs and the factors affecting the adsorption like concentration, pH, temperature, mass, etc. were studied.

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