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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Ghasempour Z, Alizadeh-Khaledabad M, Vardast MR, Rezazad-Bari M
Article Title: Synthesis of a molecularly imprinted polymer for the selective recognition of carmoisine (Azorubin E122) from pomegranate juice.
Publication date: 2017
Journal: Journal of Separation Science
Volume: 40
Issue: (4)
Page numbers: 962-970.

Abstract: Since natural pigments are lost during the processing of beverages such as pomegranate juice, carmoisine, as an adulterant, is often added into the pure juice to improve color characteristics. In this study, molecularly imprinted polymers, as an adsorbent of carmoisine, were synthesized using acrylamide, methacrylic acid, and 4-vinylpyridine as functional monomers and then they were evaluated in terms of the separation and detection of carmoisine. Experiments on the batch adsorption of carmoisine 10 ppm stock solution revealed a better binding capacity for the 4-vinylpyridine-based polymer in comparison to methacrylic acid and acrylamide polymers. The complexation of carmoisine with the 4-vinylpyridine-based polymer was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The synthesized polymer exerted a high thermal degradation point and average diameter of polymer particles were obtained to be 0.2 μm by dynamic light scattering analysis. This work showed that detection of pomegranate juice adulteration with carmoisine is not necessarily difficult, time consuming or expensive with selective separation techniques such as molecularly imprinted polymers
Template and target information: carmoisine, Azorubin E122
Author keywords: carmoisine, Molecularly imprinted polymers, pomegranate juice, 4-vinylpyridine

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