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    ABSTRACT: Bisphenol A (BPA)-imprinted polymeric microspheres were synthesized by modified precipitation polymerization (MPP) method. Influences of cross-linker, monomer, porogen volume, and agitation on polymerization were investigated. Proper amount of cross-linker ethyleneglycol-dimethacrylate (EGDMA) was critical to achieve narrowly dispersed microspheres. For template BPA, monomer 4-vinylpyridine (4-VP) was better than MAA to get the best imprinted effects. The optimum template/monomer ratio was 1:6. Increasing porogen volume increased size dispersity and decreased binding characters. Agitation increased coagulation and resulted in irregular particles. Microspheres with the best binding characters were used as selective stationary phase of chromatographic column to detect BPA in milk, pig urine, and chicken meat. Under optimal chromatographic conditions, the calibration graph was linear with R2 = 0.9994 in the range of 3-50 micromol/L. The LOD and LOQ were 1 and 3 micromol/L, respectively. When large amounts (20 mL or 20 g) of samples were analyzed, the recoveries ranged from 70.2 to 87.3% with RSD less than 4.85% in all samples spiked with 0.05-0.2 micromol/L BPA. The intra-day and inter-day RSD were less than 1.83 and 3.96%, respectively. Microspheres prepared by MPP are successfully used in molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP)-based analytical column to detect trace BPA in different biologic samples with acceptable accuracy and repeatability.
    Journal of Separation Science 09/2009; 32(19):3265-73. · 2.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The efficiency and effects of using Bisphenol A-molecularly imprinted polymeric microspheres (MIPMs) to remove phenolic estrogens from different sources of water were evaluated. MIPMs prepared by precipitation polymerization removed a group of phenolic estrogens from different kinds of water selectively and effectively. The highest removal efficiency was observed at pH=5. Fifty millimoles per litre ions or 10mg/L humid acid improved removal efficiency. MIPMs were more suitable to remove trace estrogens in large volume than high concentration of estrogens in small volume. The removal efficiency of spiked tap water, lake water and river water were better than that of distilled water. Hundred milligrams of MIPMs had higher removal selectivity and efficiency than those of 100mg or 300mg activated carbons. Moreover, MIPMs can be re-used for at least 30 times without losing any removal efficiency. MIPMs provided a selective, simple, reliable and practicable solution to remove trace phenolic estrogens from different sources of water.
    Environmental Pollution 06/2008; 153(2):483-91. · 3.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A modified precipitation polymerization (MPP) method was established to prepare narrowly dispersed molecularly imprinted polymeric microspheres. MPP was stabilizer and surfactant free and needed only small amount of porogen (about 50 wt.%). Only part of alcohols and all the alkanes tested formed particles. Using a mixture of alkane and toluene as porogen, the carbon numbers of alkanes and solubility parameter of porogenic solvents were important factors in controlling particle morphology. Nearly mono-dispersed microspheres with diameter of about 2-3 microm were synthesized by MPP using mineral oil:toluene=2:3 as porogen. Template did not affect the formation of globe microspheres in MPP. Microspheres prepared under the lowest reaction temperature had the highest binding capability. When used as sorbents of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), the microspheres prepared by MPP using bisphenol A, estradiol, and tebuconazole as template had similar binding selectivity and higher binding capability compared to microspheres synthesized by classical precipitation polymerization. Photoinitiation and low reaction temperature were important factors attributed to better binding capability of microspheres prepared by MPP.
    Analytica chimica acta 04/2008; 612(1):105-13. · 4.31 Impact Factor