Molecularly Imprinted Polymeric Nanomaterials for Environmental Analysis

  • Rashid Ahmad
  • Mian Muhammad
Part of the Environmental Chemistry for a Sustainable World book series (ECSW, volume 21)


Most of the biological processes are based on molecular recognition. Over the past few decades, biomimetic materials and artificial receptors with molecular recognition properties have been fabricated. The approach of molecularly imprinted polymers is one of the exciting areas of generation of artificial receptors. These synthetic receptors are more stable, robust and easy to be handled. Furthermore, nanostructured materials show outstanding properties such as low cost, high surface-to-volume ratio and easy preparation and handling. Subsequently, the approach of molecular imprinting has been extended from bulk-to-nano materials. In this chapter, molecularly imprinted polymers have been discussed with a special focus on the nanotechnological advancements in the field. The two similar approaches of nanomaterials and nanosensors have been differentiated. Here, a comprehensive description of the molecularly imprinting polymers-nanomaterials for application in environmental analysis has been described. In order to highlight the industrialization of the molecularly imprinted polymers nanomaterials, the yearly development in the patents and products being marketed in the field have been reviewed. Here, the potential applications of these molecularly imprinted nanomaterials for environmental analysis have been discussed and a comprehensive description of the molecularly imprinted polymers-nanomaterials for application in environmental analysis is given. Finally, the concluding remarks and future perspective about the molecularly imprinted nanomaterials is presented.


Biomimetic Molecularly imprinted polymers Artificial receptors Nanosensors Environmental analysis 


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  • Rashid Ahmad
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  • Mian Muhammad
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of MalakandChakdaraPakistan

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