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Development of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2021) | Viewed by 445

Special Issue Editors

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LAQV-REQUIMTE, Department of Chemistry, NOVA School of Science and Technology, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, 2829–516 Caparica, Portugal
Interests: supercritical fluid technology; synthesis and processing of polymers; green chemistry; molecularly imprinted polymers
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LAQV-REQUIMTE, Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal
Interests: molecularly imprinted polymers; functional polymers; green technologies; green chemistry; affinity-driven purification; drug delivery; (bio) sensor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Molecular imprinting is a powerful technology to create artificial receptors within polymer networks, mimicking natural antibodies. Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) take advantage of molecular recognition ability for a specific template, the molecule for which the affinity is wanted, since the three-dimensional sites produced within the polymer are complementary to the template in terms of functionality, size, and conformation. Their ability to replace expensive and complex affinity materials has high potential in a wide range of areas, and very interesting materials have appeared in recent years.

Despite the relevant literature and the intensive and challenging research activity in the field, there is still a lack of industrial applications of MIPs. Therefore, this Special Issue addresses all aspects of MIP development, for all kind of applications, including MIP optimization, modeling, progresses in analytical chemistry, new and optimized production methodologies and technologies for improved specificity and selectivity, scale-up strategies, fundamental mechanistic studies, (bio)sensors, nanotechnology, catalysis, MIP development for bio-recognition, MIP challenges still to overcome, recent advances in the field, industrial perspectives, etc.

All works related to molecular imprinting are welcome, either papers or reviews, from the more fundamental work to final MIP utilization.

We are willing to receive your contributions!

Dr. Teresa Casimiro
Dr. Raquel Viveiros
Guest Editors

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  • Molecular recognition
  • Molecular imprinting
  • Artificial receptors
  • Affinity polymers
  • Polymer synthesis and processing
  • Responsive materials
  • Drug delivery
  • Affinity separation
  • Sensors
  • Catalysis

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