Special Issue "Molecularly Imprinted Polymers—Molecular Recognition"

A special issue of C (ISSN 2311-5629).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Franz L. Dickert

Chemical Sensors and Optical Molecular Spectroscopy, Institute of Analytical Chemistry, University of Vienna, 1090 Vienna, Austria
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Interests: chemical sensors; physical sensors; metrology; supramolecular chemistry; molecular imprinting; molecular recognition; intermolecular interactions; anisotropic phases; physicochemical basis of sensors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The most prominent strategy in modern chemistry focuses on molecular recognition for molecules and ions but also supramolecular complex systems. Thus, biomimetic methods are designed which imitate nature. The bottle neck of synthetic routes—costs for man power and expensive chemicals—is bypassed by molecular imprinting which leads to molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs). This synthetic strategy is based on carbon chemistry using template synthesis combined with polymer chemistry. The molecule of interest is wrapped by monomers or oligopolymers followed by polymerisation. Stereochemically stable structures are generated by using multifunctional monomers as cross linkers to form rigid polymers. The template can be removed by evaporation or dissolution. A host is synthesized in this way, then the guest can be reversibly included.

Analytical applications for MIPs are obvious; commercially, progress is made especially for solid phase extraction to guarantee a selective enrichment by sample preparation. Further straightforward developments are the design of separation materials for HPLC via MIPs. More chances arise for MIP design as coatings for sensors. Thus, lean molecules; polymer particles up to viruses and bacteria; and other cells can be adhered to MIPs. In this way, synthetic antibodies can be realized. Even catalytic MIPs which imitate antibodies and enzymes are of increasing interest. The binding of molecules and particles to MIPs makes it possible to design selective delivery systems, especially for drugs.

Prof. Dr. Franz L. Dickert
Guest Editor

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  • MIPs
  • molecular recognition
  • solid-phase extraction (SPE)
  • HPLC
  • sensors
  • molecules
  • complex mixtures
  • bioanalytes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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