Molecular-Imprinted Metal Complexes for the Design of Catalytic Structures



Recent progresses in molecularly imprinted metal–complex catalysts are highlighted in this chapter. Molecular imprinting is a technique to produce a cavity with a similar shape to a particular molecule (template), and the molecularly imprinted cavity acts as shape-selective reaction space for the particular reactant. The application of the molecular-imprinting technique to heterogeneous metal–complex catalysts is focused in the viewpoint of a novel approach in the design of shape-selective catalysis mimicking enzymatic catalysis.


Methyl Orange Template Molecule Imprint Cavity Active Metal Site Imprint Site 


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  1. 1.Department of Applied Physics and ChemistryThe University of Electro-CommunicationsChofuJapan
  2. 2.Department of Materials Molecular ScienceInstitute for Molecular ScienceMyodaijiJapan

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