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Reference type: Book Chapter
Authors: Guieysse B, Le NM, Mattiasson B
Publication date: 2009
Chapter title: Removal of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds Using Molecularly Imprinted Polymers: A Review.
Chapter number: 2
Page numbers: 7-23.
DOI: 10.1021/bk-2009-1022.ch002

Book title: New Membranes and Advanced Materials for Wastewater Treatment
Editors: Mueller A, Guieysse B, Sarkar A
Publisher: American Chemical Society
City: Washington DC
ISBN: 0-8412-7214-X
Series title: ACS Symposium Series
Volume number: 1022

Abstract: Various independent studies have recently demonstrated the potential of Molecular Imprinted Polymer (MIPs) as selective adsorbents for the highly efficient removal of EDCs at trace concentration. Current water purification techniques are often inefficient at trace concentration because substances interfering in the removal process are present at higher concentration. Instead, molecular imprinting is based on the same mechanism that makes EDCs so harmful: their capacity to bind to natural receptors, which also makes it possible to remove unknown compounds with endocrine disrupting activity. Molecular recognition is the basis for natural molecules (proteins) to specifically bind to certain substances at extremely low concentrations. In comparison to classical adsorbents, the efficiency of imprinted polymers can be maintained in the presence of interfering matter, and regeneration can be easily achieved by solvent extraction under mild conditions. MIPs are also more stable than bioadsorbents (antibodies, receptor proteins) and can be reused in many cycles. They can finally be synthesized in a vast variety of shape and size. Further research is needed to improve the group selectivity of imprinted materials
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