Resorcinarene Cavitand Polymers for the Remediation of Halomethanes and 1,4-Dioxane

Luke P. Skala, Anna Yang, Max J. Klemes, Leilei Xiao, William R. Dichtel*

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Disinfection byproducts such as trihalomethanes are commonly found in drinking water. Trihalomethanes are formed upon chlorination of natural organic matter found in many drinking water sources. Inspired by molecular CHCl3?cavitand host-guest complexes, we designed porous polymers composed of resorcinarene receptors. These materials show higher affinity for halomethanes than a specialty activated carbon used for trihalomethane removal. The cavitand polymers show similar removal kinetics as activated carbon and have high capacity (49 mg g-1 of CHCl3). These materials maintain their performance in drinking water and can be thermally regenerated. Cavitand polymers also outperform commercial resins for 1,4-dioxane adsorption, which contaminates many water sources. These materials show promise for water treatment and demonstrate the value of using supramolecular receptors to design adsorbents for water purification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13315-13319
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number34
StatePublished - Aug 28 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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