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Document Type : Original Research Article


Department of chemistry, College of Science, Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq


To determine the lead ion, a novel method with high sensitivity, low cost, and high stability was developed. To fabricate a monolithic solid-phase micro extraction (SPME) fiber, this approach uses a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) with a functional monomer of allyl chloride and acryl amide, a fitting cross-linker, and an EGDMA. A polymer was also prepared without selective binding, referred to as a non-imprinted polymer (NIP). Considering SPME with Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), all these analytical methods used for extraction, preconcentration and selective determination of lead ion (Pb2+). The stability, stability and durability of the manufactured fibers play an essential and indispensable role in SPME, where samples were collected blood of those suffering from kidney diseases and industrial water samples (waste batteries discarded to the sewer network), and the monitoring of analyzes was performed using (AAS) and the use of electron microscopy and scanning (SEM) and FTIR.

Graphical Abstract

The functional monomers allyl chloride and acrylamide were used to determine lead using atomic absorption spectroscopy based on molecularly imprinted solid-phase


Main Subjects


Lead is a systemic toxicant that affects many body functions and it is particularly dangerous to young children. Lead is spread across the body[1], with the brain, liver, kidneys, and bones being the most vulnerable. It is contained in the teeth and bones and builds up over time. Lead is a poisonous metal that occurs naturally in the Earth's crust [2]. In certain areas of the world, its pervasive use has resulted in substantial environmental pollution, human exposure [3], and public health issues. Mining, smelting, refining, and disposal practices, environmental contamination is still exacerbated by the continued usage of leaded powder, gasoline, and aircraft fuel in certain countries. The manufacturing of lead-acid batteries for automobiles accounts for more than three-quarters of global lead consumption [4]. Typically, samples must be processed through one of the following methods: Liquid fluid extraction (LLE) and solid phase extraction (SPE) [5,6]. Because of time and organic solvents that are heavily used to adjust and remove the sample, this multi-step procedure wastes time of the analyst. Precision extraction at SPME is easy, strong, and fast. This method does not require any solvent.These characteristics solve many difficulties in sampling and sample injection into an analytical device.The newly developed method [7], such as direct SPME [8,9,10,11] have been used in the tube to determine lead ion .

There is a real need to get rid of the least selectivity which is a major drawback of this method, leading to significant obstacles in sample analysis [12, 13]. On the other hand, commercially available fibers are characterized by low stability, low selectivity, not strong enough and very expensive, so there is a need to improve the properties of these fibers. [14,15]. MIP is based on the use of materials with high-ability properties to identify specifically the analytical molecules that make up the identification sites specified in the polymer matrix by structure in an analytical presence such as particle printing.

We may make cross-linked synthetic polymers using a typical monomer polymerization process carried out in the presence of a template molecule [16]. Both the silicone and the mold have been cleaned and contain clear areas that have been identified as identification sites [17]. These sites and model particles complement each other in shape, size and chemical function. MIP shows the ability to selectively select the template and its derivatives

The aim of this study was to identify lead ion by preparing new MIPs that are used as solid-phase recovery and Atomic absorption spectroscopy as a detector.

Experimental reagents and chemicals

Allyl chloride, Acryl amide, Ethylene glycol dimethylacrylate (EGDMA) and benzoyl peroxide were purchased from Sigma–Aldrich (St. Louis, MO, USA, www.sigma-aldrich.com). Methanol, chloroform, acetonitrile, acetic acid, formic acid and lead nitrate (Pb(NO3)2) were purchased from Merck (Darmstadt, Germany,www.merck.com). Nitrogen gas (99.99) was prepared from Arab gulf factory Baghdad.


The control was performed using atomic absorption spectrophotometer AA-7000 (shimadzu made in Japan) and the use of UV (Shimadzu U.V spectrophotometer 1800 pc) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) )JSM.6390A). FTIR Shimadzu (FTIR) - 8000 (Japan) was made to parameter settings through the operator panel. Ultraviolet radiation was used to measure pure lead nitrate of 206 nm and was then used again to measure MIP-Pb uptake, which was pre-washed after washing to ensure that all lead ion was removed. Ultrasonic (W.GERMANY) was used to stir up the prepolymer solution.

MIP procedure

0.015 mmol 0.009 gm template (Pb(NO3)2 was dissolved in 2 mL methanol and 0.3 mmol 0.4 mL of functional monomer Allyl choride was added. After the ultrasonic flipping, the resulting mixture was added for 15 minutes, 3.964 mmol 3 mL of EGDMA as kross linker and 0.619 mmol 0.3 mg initiator (benzoyl peroxide) to the solution. The solution was bubbled with nitrogen for 10 min and used as bulk solution. The tub was sealed by the rubber. Then the tub was left in the water bath at 60c overnight. The wire was completely removed after the polymerization process was completed. The coating was performed with a NIP layer in the same manner as described above except that lead nitrate was not included in the polymerization process. MIP and NIP coated tubes were washed several times with an excess amount of methanol/acetic acid/distilled water multiplier (30:5:15 v/v/v) in the soxhlet for 48 hours until the mold and the non-reacting compounds were removed as much as possible, followed by drying them for 2 hour in a vacuum. MIP and NIP were prepared in the oven to examine MIP and NIP prepared in the oven for its scale, before extraction, from the sampling device and used as extraction needles.

Before extraction, from the sampling device and use it as extraction wells, the plastic injector (Column) was filled with the MIP using a plastic syringe. The solution (Serum or standard solution or west water) was poured from the top end of the column. The solution movement was at an electric discharge at 50 rpm.

Sampling procedure

A stock solution at concentration (20, 30, 40, 50 ppm) of lead nitrate for Pb -MIP (Ally chloride) and Pb – MIP (Acryl amide) Column at a flow rate of 50 rpm was prepared. The column was removed from the MIP after being cleaned twice with 5 mL purified water to prevent matrix interference.

The sampling device

A 3 mL plastic syringe was used and each syringe was filled with different weights ranging (0.2 gm) from MIP which was previously ground and sifted 0.75 microns.

Real sample

Serum of kidney diseases and waste water samples of liquid waste from batteries were discarded into the sewage system. and the non-pointed and squid samples were subjected to extraction by column.

Extraction procedure

lead ion was extracted from Serum (kidney disease and waste water samples of liquid waste from batteries discarded into the sewage system using MIP- Pb (Allyl chloride) and MIP -Pb (acryl amide) solid phase extraction (SPE) column. This Column was prepared by packing it with a machete, 0.2 mg, the size of its container, 3 mL.The SPE vacuum was loaded with floating material from the serum(Have kidney disease and west water samples of Liquid waste from batteries discarded into the sewage system sample centrifuged at a flow rate (50)rpm.

After the light of the ceiling was collected from column in the small beaker. Then it was dried for 60 minutes. Next, it was collected from the column, put a baker, and a1mL of concentrated sulfuric acid was added to it and left for a 8 minute, then concentrated nitric acid 0.5mL was added to it and heated at a 60C̊ temperature after the mixture was added to distilled water and filtered with a filter paper and then estimated directly by atomic absorption

Results and discussion

To synthesize MIPs for lead ion (Pb2+), two MIPs of lead ion were installed by self-assembly (non-covalent) bulk polymerization method. Functional monomers have been instrumental in studying interactions with template. Two monomers were used allyl chloride, acryl amide for the synthesized the MIPs and NIPs.

FTIR analysis

Figures 2, 3, 4 and 5 show the FTIR spectra (before and after the removal of Pb2+) for MIP based on allyl chloride and acryl amide as a basic functional monomer. The main peaks were obtained from figures list in the Tables 1 and 2.

Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) is used to diagnose the synthesis of  lead molecular imprint polymer with a band at 455.17 cm-1 for  Pb-O stretching,1546.80 cm-1 for N=O stretching, 1733.89 cm-1 for C=O acid stretching, 1641.31 for C=C allyl stretching, 1604.66 cm-1 for stretching allyl carbonyl and (2960.53,2887.24) cm-1 C-H stretching alphatic. When compared with FTIR after removal, the lead ion showed the disappearance of the band of Pb-O stretching and N=O stretching which indicated the removal of lead ion and formation of the molecular imprint polymer.

The FTIR spectra for before lead removal showed the appearance of band at 460.96 cm-1 for Pb-O stretching, 1541.02 cm-1 for N=Ostretching,1733.84 cm-1 for C=O acid stretching,1633.54 cm-1 for C=C allyl stretching,(3463,3423) cm-1 for  stretching H-N-H. When compared with spectra of FTIR after removal, lead ion  showed disappearance the band of  Pb-O and N=O  which indicate to remove the lead ion and the formation of the molecularly imprint polymer

Among these trails, the molar ratios (template: monomer: cross linker) of (0.015:0.3:3.964) and (0.015:0.184:3.964) for MIP Pb-Allyl chloride and MIP Pb- Acryl amide has developed a polymer with excellent performance characteristics. These ratios match those found in the literature for certain prepared MIPs. The optimal ratios used in the synthesis of MIPs and NIPs for (Pb2+) ion are summarized in Table 3.

The control NIPs and MIPs after the elimination of the lead ion, on the other hand, have identical spectra, showing structural similarities, demonstrating that washing the MIP particles with 70% acetic acid solution using a soxhlet extraction method is an effective way to eliminate the template molecule and leave unique recognition binding sites in the polymer structure.

Adsorption isotherm

The absorption of isotherm is useful in the understanding of the adsorption mechanism of the adsorption mold with polymer surface. The data obtained from isothermal equilibrium was analyzed to show the isochromatic type of LANGMUIR or Freundlich models. This is determined by plotting the binding capacity (Q) versus the free concentration of the drug, and Q is calculated according to the following Equation:

Q = [(Ci–Cf) Vs ×1000]/MMIP

Ci = initial drug concentration (µmole/mL)

Cf = final drug concentration (µmole/mL)

Vs = volume of solution tested (mL)

MMIP = mass of dried polymer (mg)

Than measuring binding parameter

MIP/drug binding calculated by Scat chard analysis using the equation

Q/Cf = (Qmax - Q) / Kd

Qmax = maximum capacity

Kd = dissociation constant at binding side.

Isotherm adsorption was obtained by shaking various amounts of lead ion with a synthesis particle in a thermal water bath at 25 °C for 2 hours, as seen in Figure 6. Table 1 shows the experimental evidence for the regrouping trials

Effect of flow rate the flow rate

The peristaltic pump used to remove the lead ion from the extraction needle is crucial because it determines the amount of time required for extraction. The flow rate of the sample solution through the constructed extraction needle is the most significant aspect. It must be sufficient to avoid time wasting by limiting the overall study time. The flow rate, on the other hand, must be low enough to ensure effective analyte preservation. Thus, the effect of the sample loading flow rate has been studied in the range of 10-100 rpm to estimate the influence of the time of contact between the MIP and the sample solution on the recovery as shown in the Tables 4 and 5 andFigures 6 and 7 on the relationship between the flow rate and extraction time based on 0.2 gm of MIP-Pb- (Allyl chloride) and (Acryl amide).

Morphological Characterization

The main examination of the Imprinted Polymer particles collected with various methods was done using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The SEM representations of the formulated polymers are seen in Figures 8 and 9. It can be shown that based on the process of Imprinted Polymer preparation, the views of the polymer particles vary significantly. The polymerization of microemulsions produces very small particles. Spherically shaped polymeric particles with small sizes around (1 - 4) µm for (allyl chloride) polymer and (28.44 – 45.62) nm for (acryl amide) imprinted polymer can be distinguished in the related image

Serum sample analysis

Under optimal conditions, MIP Pb-allyl chloride and MIP Pb- acryl amide were applied homogeneously to determine Lead ion in serum samples. The serum sample matrix was passed through a glass tube containing 0.2 mg from MIP( Pb-allyl chloride) and MIP( Pb-acryl amide) using a prsitaltic pump and then 35 rpm in 14 min was washed. After that, the digestion process was done using 1 mL: 0.5 mL H2SO4 into HNO3 (V: V) in order to prepare it for measurement in an atomic spectrometer.

Figure 10 represents the lead ion calibration curve and Tables 8 and 9 the measurement results.