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Molecular Imprinting in Sol-Gel Materials: Recent Developments and Applications

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Since its inception five decades ago, imprinted sol-gel materials went practically unnoticed, until in the 1970s the conceptual introduction of molecular imprinting in synthetic polymers triggered a new interest in this field. The recent growth in interest in organic–inorganic hybrid materials prepared by sol-gel chemistry and the development of a variety of new strategies for imprinting polymeric matrices have led to a growing activity in what became known as molecularly imprinted sol-gel materials. This paper intends to give an overview of recent progress in molecular imprinting in sol-gel matrices, the potential analytical applications of these tailor-made materials and their limitations, with the aim of drawing attention to useful information and to enhancing interest in this practically unexplored but promising field.

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Díaz-García, M., Laínño, R. Molecular Imprinting in Sol-Gel Materials: Recent Developments and Applications. Microchim Acta 149, 19–36 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00604-004-0274-7

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