Preparation and Characterization of Herbicide Mecoprop Imprinted Polymer and Its Application as a Selective Sorbent in Water Sample

  • Elaheh Mansouri
  • Mahboobe Sarabi-Jamab
  • Behrouz Ghorani
  • Seyed Ahmad MohajeriEmail author


Bulk polymerization method was used to prepare a homogeneous molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) for the specific extraction of herbicide mecoprop (MCPP). Thereafter, the binding performance of this functional polymer was evaluated under optimal condition, compared to a non-imprinted polymer. From the Scatchard plot analysis, two types of binding sites were detected in the MIP, the high affinity binding sites with a KD (equilibrium dissociation constant) of 6.4 µM and the low affinity ones with a KD of 55.9 µM. In addition, the possibility of using synthesized MIP for MCPP extraction from environmental aqueous samples was explored. The adsorption capacity of MIP in spiked bottled water and groundwater samples showed that the polymer could effectively extract MCPP from bottled water and groundwater (p < 0.05) with the recovery of 70.5% and 65.1%, respectively, demonstrating the potential of imprinted polymers for cost-effective and effective water treatment.


Molecularly imprinted polymer Bulk polymerization Mecoprop (MCPP) Phenoxy acid herbicide Water treatment 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the Department of Polymer Technology, Pharmaceutical Research Center, Bu-Ali Research Institute, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran, for their help. Authors declare that there is no conflict of interests in this study. The results described in this paper were part of a Ph.D. student thesis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elaheh Mansouri
    • 1
  • Mahboobe Sarabi-Jamab
    • 2
  • Behrouz Ghorani
    • 3
  • Seyed Ahmad Mohajeri
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Research Institute of Food Science & TechnologyMashhadIran
  2. 2.Department of Food BiotechnologyResearch Institute of Food Science & TechnologyMashhadIran
  3. 3.Department of Food NanotechnologyResearch Institute of Food Science & TechnologyMashhadIran
  4. 4.Pharmaceutical Research Center, Pharmaceutical Technology InstituteMashhad University of Medical SciencesMashhadIran
  5. 5.Department of Pharmacodynamics and Toxicology, School of PharmacyMashhad University of Medical SciencesMashhadIran

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