This book is divided into 5 sections starting with an historic perspective and fundamental aspects on the synthesis and recognition by imprinted polymers. The second section contains 8 up-to-date overview chapters on current approaches to molecular and ion imprinting. This is followed by two chapters on new material morphologies and in the last two sections various analytical applications of imprinted polymers are given, with the last four chapters devoted to the promising field of imprinted polymers in chemical sensors.
The authors of this volume have widely different backgrounds; mainly polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry and analytical chemistry, which means that this book has an interdisciplinary character and should appeal to a broad audience.


For chemists and biochemists with an interdisciplinary interest in molecularly imprinted polymers.

Table of Contents

An Historical Perspective of the Development of Molecular Imprinting (H.S. Andersson, I.A. Nicholls). Introduction. Polyakov invents molecular imprinting. The contributions of Pauling and Dickey. Theories of antibody formation. Bio-imprinting in the 1940s. Dickey invents molecular imprinting. Methods for preparing molecularly imprinted silicas. The mechanism(s) of selectivity. More studies on Dickey's system - molecular footprints? An association mechanism? Objections to the association mechanism. Applications of molecularly imprinted silicas. Separation. Column chromatography. Thin layer chromatography. Structure elucidation. Catalysis. Other applications. Making money using molecular imprinting? The decline of imprinted silica research. Molecular imprinting in organic polymers. Conclusions. References. Fundamental Aspects on the Synthesis and Characterisation of Imprinted Network Polymers (B. Sellergren, A.J. Hall). Introduction. Free radical polymerisation. Initiation. Propagation. Termination. Steady state. Chain transfer. Inhibition. Copolymerisation. Tacticity. Copolymers of divinylmonomers and monovinyl monomers. Pregel regime and kinetics. The system EDMA-MMA. The EDMA-MAA MIP system: primary structure. The EDMA-MAA MIP system: secondary structure. Build-up of the porous structure - the tertiary structure. Site stability, integrity and accessibility. Polymer porosity and swelling. Thermochemically versus photochemically initiated polymerisations. The cross-linking monomer. Extraction of template. Functional group titrations. Binding site location. Characterisation techniques for cross-linked vinyl polymers and MIPs. Elemental analysis. Gravimetric analysis. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Infrared spectroscopy. Fluorescence probes of network solvation. Pore structure in the dry state. Gas sorption measurements. Mercury penetration. Surface areas. Por


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About the editor

B. Sellergren

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany


@from:S. Dudek @qu:"Despite the complex topic the authors found a style that makes the reading entertaining. So special the methods for imprinting are-the book may also serve as a valuable textbook in general polymer chemistry." @source:Nahrung/Food, Vol. 46, No 1, 2002