Poly (p-chloromethyl styrene-ethylene glycol dimethacrylate) polymeric microbeads, poly (p-CM S-EGDMA), with an average size of 186 mum were synthesized by the suspension polymerization of p-CMS conducted in an aqueous medium. To increase the rigidity of the polymeric microbeads, EGDMA monomer was added to polymerization medium in the 25% for the cross-linking. 1,4,8,11-Tetraazacyclotetradecane ligand was reacted with polymer active groups that was p-CMS under a nitrogen atmosphere for 18 h at 65degreesC. The maximum cyclam attachment was found 2.24 mmol/g polymer using an elemental analyser. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrophotometer, thermogravimetric analyser (TGA) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) were used to characterize the plain, ligand modified microbeads and metal ion-chelated microbeads. TGA and DSC characterization of modified microbeads showed that stability of cyclam was increased attaching onto the polymer and metal ion-chelated form of the cyclam-modified polymer were more stable at high temperature for different applications. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.