Novel nanospheres with an average size of 350 nm utilizing N-methacryloyl-(L)-tryptophane methyl ester (MATrp) as a hydrophobic monomer were prepared by surfactant free emulsion polymerization of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), (MATrp) conducted in an aqueous dispersion medium. MATrp was synthesized using methacryloyl chloride and (t)-tryptophane methyl ester. Specific surface area of the nonporous nanospheres was found to be 1902.3 m(2)/g. poly(HEMA-MATrp) nanospheres were characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Average particle size and size distribution measurements were also performed. Elemental analysis of MATrp for nitrogen was estimated at 1.36 mmol/g nanospheres. Then, poly( HEMA-MATrp) nanospheres were used in the adsorption of porcine pancreas lipase in a batch system. Using an optimized adsorption protocol, a very high loading of 558 mg enzyme/g nanospheres was obtained. The adsorption phenomena appeared to follow a typical Langmuir isotherm. The K-m, value for immobilized lipase (16.26 mM) was higher than that of free enzyme (10.34 mM). It was observed that enzyme could be repeatedly adsorbed and desorbed without significant loss in adsorption amount or enzyme activity. These findings show considerable promise for this material as an adsorption matrix in industrial processes. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.