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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Lai JP, Yang ML, Niessner R, Knopp D
Article Title: Molecularly imprinted microspheres and nanospheres for di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate prepared by precipitation polymerization.
Publication date: 2007
Journal: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Volume: 389
Issue: (2)
Page numbers: 405-412.
DOI: 10.1007/s00216-007-1321-0

Abstract: Molecularly imprinted microspheres (MIMs, > 3 μm) and nanospheres (MINs, 450 nm) for the environmental endocrine disruptor di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) were prepared by a precipitation polymerization (PP) procedure. The effect of the dispersive solvents acetonitrile (ACN) and cyclohexane (CH), the cross-linkers ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EDMA) and trimethylpropane trimethacrylate (TRIM), and the template on particle size and morphology of polymers was investigated in detail by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and BET adsorption isotherm determination. When used as HPLC stationary phase, the microspheres exhibited strong affinity for the template DEHP with an imprint factor (IF) higher than 8.0 in ACN/water (60:40, v/v) as mobile phase. Furthermore, baseline separation of DEHP from benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) could be achieved. In contrast, no or only poor separation could be observed with non-imprinted polymeric polymers (NIPs) or imprinted bulk polymers (MIB), respectively. Similarly, the obtained MINs exhibited an imprinting effect in pure ACN, i.e. the bond amount of DEHP was significantly higher compared to NIPs, as was shown in rebinding experiments. Besides their use as an HPLC stationary phase, MIMs might further be applicable for SPE sample cleanup, while MINs could be used as a recognition layer on sensor surfaces
Template and target information: di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, DEHP
Author keywords: precipitation polymerization, microspheres, Nanospheres, Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate, HPLC

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