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Molecularly Imprinted Polymers in Analytical Chemistry
Compiegne University of Technology, UMR CNRS 6022, Compiegne, France
Molecular imprinting of synthetic polymers is a process where functional and cross-linking monomers are copolymerised in the presence of a target molecule (the imprint molecule), which acts as a molecular template. The functional monomers initially form a complex with the imprint molecule, and following polymerisation, their functional groups are held in position by the highly cross-linked polymeric backbone. Subsequent removal of the imprint molecule reveals binding sites that are complementary in size and shape. In that way, a molecular memory is introduced into the polymer, which is now capable of selectively rebinding the target.
Presentation: Tutorial lecture at SMCBS 2003 Workshop, by Karsten Haupt
See On-line Journal of SMCBS 2003 Workshop
Submitted: 2003-10-03 21:09 Revised: 2009-06-08 12:55