Spherical, ultra-high specific surface area monodisperse polymer particles with diameters in the low micrometer size range are disclosed for the first time. The polymer particles are able to sorb significant levels of both hydrocarbon solvents and water, acting in effect as amphipathic micro-sponges. Exciting possibilities for exploitation of the particles in chromatography, diagnostics, sensors, delivery vehicles and catalysis are suggested.
Fontanals, N., Manesiotis, P., Sherrington, D. C., & Cormack, P. A. G. (2008). Synthesis of spherical ultra-high-surface-area monodisperse amphipathic polymer sponges in the low-micrometer size range. Advanced Materials, 20(7), 1298-1302. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.200702237