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

  • Wuke Li
  • Songjun LiEmail author
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Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 206)

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 

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Acknowledgments

The authors want to thank NSFC for presenting financial support to conduct this work (Granted No. 20603010). Thank also Professor Guangfu Yang for providing constructive suggestions in the revision process, which play an important role on improving this article.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Pesticide & Chemical Biology of Ministry of EducationCollege of Chemistry, Central China Normal UniversityWuhanP.R. China

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