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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Feng SL, Gao F, Chen ZW, Grant E, Kitts DD, Wang S, Lu XN
Article Title: Determination of α-Tocopherol in Vegetable Oils Using a Molecularly Imprinted Polymers-Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopic Biosensor.
Publication date: 2013
Journal: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Volume: 61
Issue: (44)
Page numbers: 10467-10475.
DOI: 10.1021/jf4038858

Abstract: We report the development of a novel hybrid "capture-detection" molecularly imprinted polymers-surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopic (MIPs-SERS) biosensor for the detection and quantification of α-tocopherol (α-Toc) in vegetable oils. α-Toc served as the template for MIPs synthesis. Methacrylic acid formed as the functional monomer. Ethylene glycol dimethacrylate was the cross-linking agent, and 2,2'-azobisisobutyronitrile was used as the initiator. The synthesized MIPs functioned to rapidly and selectively adsorb and separate α-Toc from oil components. We validated a dendritic silver nanostructure synthesized by a displacement reaction to be a suitable SERS substrate for the enhancement of Raman signals. Second-derivative transformations and chemometric models based upon SERS spectral features confirmed the possibility of a rapid and precise detection and quantification of different spiking levels of α-Toc in four different sources of vegetable oils (Mahalanobis distance from 15.93 to 34.01 for PCA model; R > 0.92, RMSE < 0.41 for PLSR model). The MIPs-SERS biosensor had a high sensitivity as well as a good recovery for α-Toc analysis in vegetable oils. The entire analysis required 15 min or less to complete with limited sample preparation
Template and target information: α-tocopherol, α-Toc, vitamin E
Author keywords: MIPs, SERS, vitamin, biosensing system

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