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Reference type: Book Chapter
Authors: Haupt K, Belmont AS
Publication date: 2008
Chapter title: Molecularly Imprinted Polymers as Recognition Elements in Sensors.
Chapter number: 14
DOI: 10.1002/9780470061565.hbb020

Book title: Handbook of Biosensors and Biochips
Editors: Marks RS, Cullen DC, Karube I, Lowe CR, Weetall HH
Publisher: Wiley

Abstract: The technique of molecular imprinting allows for the formation of specific recognition sites in synthetic polymers through the use of templates or imprint molecules. These recognition sites mimic the binding sites of biological receptor molecules such as antibodies and enzymes. Molecularly imprinted polymers can therefore be used in applications based on specific molecular binding events, such as, assays and sensors. The stability, ease of preparation, and low cost of these materials make them particularly attractive. This review focuses on recent developments and advances in the field with special emphasis on the use of molecularly imprinted materials as recognition elements in sensors and their interfacing with the transducer.
Author keywords: molecularly imprinted polymer, template polymerization, artificial receptor, biomimetic materials, Biosensors

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