Inventors: Sellergren B
, Hall AJ
Method for producing molecularly imprinted polymers for the recognition of target molecules
Publication date: 2006
The present invention relates to a method of preparing a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP), which are used for the recognition of target molecules, comprising: co-polymerising at least one functional monomer and at least one cross-linking monomer in the presence of at least one template, wherein oxyanions are used as template and the steric and/or electronic structure of the template is at least partly analogous to the target molecule. The target molecules may be nitro-containing compounds, such as nitroaromatic compounds, or lactones. MIPs selective for explosive nitro-aromatic substances may be produced without handling these hazardous compounds. The invention further relates to a method of determining if a sample contains nitro-containing compounds, such as nitroaromatic compounds, or lactones, MIPs selective for nitro-containing compounds and/or lactones, especially nitro-aromatic compounds and a kit, comprising a molecularly imprinted polymer selective for nitro-aromatic compounds and/or lactones. The invention also relates to use of isosteric and/or isoelectronic oxyanions for the production of MIPs for recognition of nitro-containing compounds, especially nitroaromatic compounds, and lactones.
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