Microchimica Acta

, Volume 180, Issue 9–10, pp 791–799

Bulk polymer nanoparticles containing a tetrakis(3-hydroxyphenyl)porphyrin for fast and highly selective separation of mercury ions

  • Mojtaba Shamsipur
  • Hamid Reza Rajabi
  • Mohammad Hassan Beyzavi
  • Hashem Sharghi
Original Paper


We report on the synthesis of polymeric nanoparticles (PNPs) containing a tetrakis(3-hydroxyphenyl)porphyrin, and their use for the separation of mercury(II) ion. The PNPs were prepared by bulk polymerization from methacrylic acid (the monomer), ethyleneglycol dimethacrylate (the cross-linker), 2,2′-azobisisobutyronitrile (the radical initiator) and the mercury(II) complex of 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(3-hydroxyphenyl)-porphyrin. The Hg(II) ion was then removed by treatment with dilute hydrochloric acid. The PNPs were characterized by colorimetry, FT-IR spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. The material is capable of binding Hg(II) from analyte samples. Bound Hg(II) ions can be eluted with dilute nitric acid and then quantified by cold vapor AAS. The extraction efficiency, the effects of pH, preconcentration and leaching times, sample volume, and of the nature, concentration and volume of eluent were investigated. The maximum adsorption capacity of the PNPs is 249 mg g−1, the relative standard deviation of the AAS assay is 2.2 %, and the limit of detection (3σ) is 8 ng.L−1. The nanoparticles exhibit excellent selectivity for Hg(II) ion over other metal ions and were successfully applied to the selective extraction and determination of Hg(II) ion in spiked water samples.


Schematic presentation of leaching process of mercury(II) ion from the prepared IIP


Ion-imprinted polymeric nanoparticles Hg2+ ion 5,10,15,20-Tetrakis(3-hydroxyphenyl)-porphyrin Cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mojtaba Shamsipur
    • 1
  • Hamid Reza Rajabi
    • 2
  • Mohammad Hassan Beyzavi
    • 3
  • Hashem Sharghi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryRazi UniversityKermanshahIran
  2. 2.Chemistry DepartmentYasouj UniversityYasoujIran
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryShiraz UniversityShirazIran

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