Special Issue "Biomimicry through Molecular Imprinting: From Polymer Design to Devices"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2019).
Interests: surface chemical modification; polymer grafts; polymer composites; sensors; adsorbents; surface analysis; XPS
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Interests: molecular recognition; molecular imprinting; controlled radical polymerization; functional polymers; protein-polymer conjugates
Molecular imprinting is a well-established technique for producing highly-selective biomimetic materials (sensors, adsorbents), so-called molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs), based on cross-linked organic or inorganic sol-gel polymers. The materials are prepared by triggering polymerization in the presence of template molecules, (bio)macromolecules, metal ions, metal ion-ligand complexes, nanoparticles and micro-organisms. Attractive emerging trends include multi-template, dummy and surface imprinting strategies. The removal of the templates creates artificial receptor sites within the (crosslinked) polymer matrix for the rebinding of the templates or structurally analogous analytes.
In the course of synthesis, the molecular level of interactions between the monomers and the templates play a vital role and can be controlled in order to tailor the properties of the final biomimetic material. Yet, the road to successful MIP is long and winding due to numerous trials and errors needed to design highly selective MIPs. For this reason, the recent years have witnessed the rise of computational chemistry methods to assist the polymer chemists in the design of high performance MIPs in a limited number of steps.
MIPs can be produced by a range of chemical, electrochemical and radiation-induced techniques in either bulk materials, ultrathin films, nanocomposites or inverse opals. In addition, embedding of nanostructures (e.g. gold nanoparticles, graphene, carbon nanotubes) within the MIP matrices results in remarkable improvements of the sensing performances with unprecedented low detection limits.
The robustness of MIPs over antibodies and enzymes under harsh conditions and their reusability have made these mimics of antibodies exceptionally attractive for analytical, polymer and materials scientists. MIPs have also been applied to achieve efficient catalysis, controlling stereo selectivity in synthesis, controlled drug delivery, protein crystallization and bio-mineralization.
The EUPOC 2018 Special Issue of Polymers is dedicated to peer-reviewed papers of the highest quality on biomimicry by molecular imprinting for the design of tailored molecularly imprinted materials. As science and technology of MIPs go hand in hand, contributions on implementation of MIPs in electronic and other devices are extremely encouraged.
The Special Issue welcomes papers on (but not limited to):
- Methods of MIP synthesis
- MIP thin films
- MIP sensors and adsorbents
- Nanostructured MIP materials
- Colloidal crystals and imprinted inverse opals
- Magnetic MIPs
- Photo-switchable MIPs
- Multifunctional MIPs
- Biomedical, food and environmental applications
- Microfluidics, lab-on-chip, lab-on-paper
- MIP-based devices.
We anticipate this Special Issue will provide current innovative biomimicry issues in polymer science and technology; and of interest to experts, engineers, students and new comers in the field.
Dr. Mohamed M. Chehimi
Prof. Lei Ye
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- surface chemical modification
- diazonium coupling agents
- polymer grafts
- surface analysis