Structure and sorption properties of hypercrosslinked polystyrenes and magnetic nanocomposite materials based on them

  • Alexander V. Pastukhov
  • Vadim A. Davankov
  • Vladimir V. Volkov
  • Sergei V. Amarantov
  • Kseniya I. Lubentsova
Original Paper


By using transition electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and small-angle X-ray scattering technique porous structure of a series of polystyrene-type sorbents (microporous and biporous hypercrosslinked polystyrenes, mesoporous sorbent XAD-4) was investigated, as well as sizes of iron oxide nanoparticles introduced into their matrix. Nanocomposite sorbents have low density, a large inner surface area, and like the parent polymers, exhibit marked adsorption properties, e.g. take up from saturated vapors 1.4 g/g of iodine or 0.8 g/g chloropicrin. A general method for processing scattering data from polydisperse multicomponent systems, like the above nanocomposites, was suggested. A rather homogeneous distribution of scattering heterogeneities with radius around 3 nm was found to be characteristic of microporous hypercrosslinked polystyrenes. Radius of magnetic iron oxide (magnetite) nanoparticles varies in ranges of 2.1 ± 0.6 nm and 6.7 ± 3.8 nm for the above microporous and biporous hypercrosslinked polymers, while in the XAD-4 particles of all sizes from 1 to 10 nm are presented.


Hypercrosslinked polystyrene Polymer-inorganic nanocomposites Magnetic sorbents Transmission electron microscopy Iron oxides Small-angle X-ray scattering 



This work was carried out with the support of Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) - International cooperation of the Russian-Belarusian research projects 2012–2013, grant № 12-03-90007-Bel_a.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander V. Pastukhov
    • 1
  • Vadim A. Davankov
    • 1
  • Vladimir V. Volkov
    • 2
  • Sergei V. Amarantov
    • 2
  • Kseniya I. Lubentsova
    • 1
  1. 1.A. N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement CompoundsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.A. V. Shubnikov Institute of CrystallographyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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