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Reference type: Book Chapter
Authors: Sobiech M, Lulinski P
Publication date: 2018
Chapter title: Imprinted Polymeric Gels for Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Purposes.
Page numbers: 153-183.
DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-6080-9_7

Book title: Polymer Gels: Perspectives and Applications
Editors: Thakur VK, Thakur MK, Voicu SI
Publisher: Springer Singapore
City: Singapore
ISBN: 978-981-10-6080-9
Series title: Gels Horizons: From Science to Smart Materials

Abstract: Molecular imprinting is a technology for the synthesis of tailor-made recognition materials by polymerization of suitable functional monomers in the presence of desired template. As a result, smart polymers with high specificity and selectivity are obtained. Hydrogels are defined as insoluble polymeric networks produced from hydrophilic polymer chains with capability to absorb water and preserve their shape without dissolving. The imprinting of hydrogels is more complicated comparing to rigid structure. However, the exponential increase in fabrication of imprinted hydrogels is observed. The novel, advanced applications in pharmacy and medicine are explored including areas such as drug delivery systems or sensors in different analytical methods utilized in diagnostics. In this chapter, a brief overview of hydrogel imprinting process together with various synthetic approaches is discussed followed by detailed description of possible applications of imprinted hydrogels in pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences. Finally, some current limits and future prospects for the imprinted hydrogels are pointed out
Template and target information: Review - MIP hydrogels
Author keywords: drug delivery, imprinted hydrogel, molecularly imprinted polymer, sensor, separation

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