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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Xie CG, Liu BH, Wang ZY, Gao DM, Guan GJ, Zhang ZP
Article Title: Molecular Imprinting at Walls of Silica Nanotubes for TNT Recognition.
Publication date: 2008
Journal: Analytical Chemistry
Volume: 80
Issue: (2)
Page numbers: 437-443.
DOI: 10.1021/ac701767h
Alternative URL: http://www.aseanenvironment.info/Abstract/41016845.pdf

Abstract: Abstract: This paper reports the molecular imprinting at the walls of highly uniform silica nanotubes for the recognition of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT). It has been demonstrated that TNT templates were efficiently imprinted into the matrix of silica through the strong acid-base pairing interaction between TNT and 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS). TNT-imprinted silica nanotubes were synthesized by the gelation reaction between APTS and tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS), selectively occurring at the porous walls of APTS-modified alumina membranes. The removal of the original TNT templates leaves the imprinted cavities with covalently anchored amine groups at the cavity walls. A high density of recognition sites with molecular selectivity to the TNT analyte was created at the wall of silica nanotubes. Furthermore, most of these recognition sites are situated at the inside and outside surfaces of tubular walls and in the proximity of the two surfaces due to the ultrathin wall thickness of only 15 nm, providing a better site accessibility and lower mass-transfer resistance. Therefore, greater capacity and faster kinetics of uptaking target species were achieved. The silica nanotube reported herein is an ideal form of material for imprinting various organic or biological molecules toward applications in chemical/biological sensors and bioassay
Template and target information: TNT, 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene

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