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Oligomers - Polymer Composites - Molecular Imprinting

Volume 206 of the series Advances in Polymer Science pp 191-210

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Molecular Imprinting: A Versatile Tool for Separation, Sensors and Catalysis

  • Wuke LiAffiliated withKey Laboratory of Pesticide & Chemical Biology of Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Central China Normal University
  • , Songjun LiAffiliated withKey Laboratory of Pesticide & Chemical Biology of Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Central China Normal University Email author 

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Abstract

Molecular imprinting is a promising technique for the preparation of polymers with predeterminedselectivity and high affinity. Normally, based on the self-assembly of functional monomers and templates(i.e., imprint molecules), the imprinted polymers are produced by crosslinking polymerizations. The templatesare subsequently removed from the polymer, leaving behind binding sites complementary to the imprint speciesin terms of the shape and the position of functional groups. Recognition of the polymer constitutes aninduced molecular memory, which makes the binding sites capable of selectively recognizing the imprint species.This article presents a limited review on molecular self-assembly and the uses of these imprinted polymersin separation, sensors, and catalysis. Other aspects including related backgrounds are also discussed.

Catalysis Molecular imprinting Self-assembly Sensor Separation