Inventors: Yiannikouris A
, Yerramreddy TR
, Martinez JJ
, Withers JR
Aflatoxin templates, molecularly imprinted polymers, and methods of making and using the same
Publication date: 2018
Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) are materials exhibiting molecular recognition of a target molecule. MIPs are synthesized in the presence of an aflatoxin template, a mimic to the targeted molecule, used as an imprint that is further washed away with suitable solvent after completion of the polymerization process, leaving a cavity in the polymer of the same stereochemistry, functionality and morphology to the template. When the MIP encounters an aflatoxin, the molecule is bound in the cavity with a receptor-like affinity.
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