A series of readily available, amphiphilic pyrene- and perylene-containing fluorescent materials, derived from the co-polymerisation of 2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propansulfonic acid (AMPS) with acrylate esters, can be used to detect heavy metal ions in the micromolar concentration range in aqueous solutions. The incorporation of these amphiphilic copolymers into semi-interpenetrating hydrogels also resulted in the irreversible removal of divalent Co2+, Ni2+, Cu2+ and Pb2+ ions from aqueous solutions at neutral pH.
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 6 Jul 2020|
- polyaromatic copolymers
- amphiphilic polymers
- free radical polymerisation
- detector and hazardous metals