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Special Issue "Synthesis and Applications of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Organic Synthesis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Michael James Whitcombe

Department of Chemistry, College of Science and Engineering, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
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Interests: molecular imprinting; polymer synthesis; molecular recognition; organic synthesis; sensors
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ian A. Nicholls

Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden
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Interests: molecular imprinting and its applications

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Molecular imprinting is the process by which specific binding sites can be created within a polymeric material by performing the polymerization in the presence of an ionic, molecular, or macromolecular template. Success depends on selection of appropriate monomers that interact with the template to create the complementary binding site and upon the nature of the polymer synthesis. Removal of the template allows the molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) to rebind the intended target species. MIPs prepared in this way may be used in separations, sensors, assays, catalysis, bio-imaging, drug delivery and a host of other applications exploiting specific molecular recognition.

The present Special Issue, “Synthesis and Applications of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers” aims to assemble a diverse collection of articles describing aspects of MIP synthesis and application. In particular, we welcome contributions concerning the synthesis of MIPs for specific applications, the synthesis of new monomers, novel template approaches and methods of MIP design and synthesis. Both research articles and reviews will be considered.

Dr. Michael J. Whitcombe
Prof. Dr. Ian A. Nicholls
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs)
  • Molecular Recognition
  • Separations
  • Sensors
  • Assays
  • Nanomedicine
  • Catalysis
  • Bio-imaging
  • Drug delivery

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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