Mesoporous knitted inverse vulcanised polymers

Petcher, Samuel, Zhang, Bowen ORCID: 0000-0002-9129-5793 and Hasell, Tom ORCID: 0000-0003-4736-0604
(2021) Mesoporous knitted inverse vulcanised polymers. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, 57 (41). pp. 5059-5062.

Access the full-text of this item by clicking on the Open Access link.


Elemental sulfur is generated in large quantities when crude oil is refined. This elemental sulfur has limited use other than the production of sulfuric acid. Recently, the development of 'inverse vulcanised' polymers has attracted the attention of researchers. These polymers are formed from elemental sulfur and a small molecule alkene. The affinity of sulfur for heavy metals gives these polymers potential for specific adsorption; however, there is a lack of incorporation of high specific surface areas in pure polymers. Herein, we report the first mesoporous polymer generated using inverse vulcanised polymers, with a BET surface area of 236.04 m2 g-1. We explore the properties of polymers as an absorption medium for potent neurotoxin Hg(ii).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sulfur, Metals, Heavy, Alkenes, Polystyrenes, Water Pollutants, Chemical, Molecular Structure, Adsorption, Particle Size, Surface Properties, Porosity
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2021 14:28
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 21:29
DOI: 10.1039/d1cc01152a
Open Access URL:
Related URLs: