Preparation of functionalized polystyrene foams for arsenic removal

Hollee Winders, Jordan Mader


Clean water is a luxury that is not readily available everywhere, like it is here in the United States. Arsenic contamination in water is a problem for many across the world. Long-term exposure of arsenic can lead to serious health issues, including cancer and even death.  High Internal Phase Emulsion (HIPE) functionalized polystyrene foam is a possible solution to this problem. This research focused on optimizing the thioacetate substitution step ofsynthetic processes to form a foam for effectively and efficiently removing arsenic from water.


Arsenic removal, polymer chemistry, water quality, HIPE foam

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