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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Díaz-Faes López T, Díaz-García ME, Badía-Laíño R
Article Title: Molecularly imprinted silica-silver nanowires for tryptophan recognition.
Publication date: 2014
Journal: Nanotechnology
Volume: 25
Issue: (42)
Page numbers: Article No 425705.

Abstract: We report on silver nanowires (AgNWs) coated with molecularly imprinted silica (MIP SiO 2 ) for recognition of tryptophan (Trp). The use of AgNWs as a template confers an imprinted material with adequate mechanical strength and with a capability of recognizing Trp due to its nanomorphology when compared to spherical microparticles with a similar surface-to-volume ratio. Studies on adsorption isotherms showed the MIP-SiO 2 -AgNWs to exhibit homogeneous affinity sites with narrow affinity distribution. This suggests that the synthesized material behaves as a 1D nanomaterial with a large area and small thickness with very similar affinity sites. Trp release from MIP-SiO 2 -AgNWs was demonstrated to be dominated by the diffusion rate of Trp as controlled by the specific interactions with the imprinted silica shell. Considering these results and the lack of toxicity of silica sol-gel materials, the material offers potential in the field of drug or pharmaceutical controlled delivery, but also in optoelectronic devices, electrodes and sensors
Template and target information: tryptophan, Trp

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