Special Issue "Molecular Imprinting and Functional Polymers for all Transducers and Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 May 2017)
Prof. Dr. Franz L. Dickert
Chemical Sensors and Optical Molecular Spectroscopy, Institute of Analytical Chemistry, University of Vienna, 1090 Vienna, Austria
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Interests: chemical sensors; physical sensors; metrology; supramolecular chemistry; molecular imprinting; molecular recognition; intermolecular interactions; anisotropic phases; physicochemical basis of sensors
The main challenge in developing a chemical sensor is the synthesis of recognition coatings, which are very sensitive and selective to analytes of interest. Molecular imprinting has proven to be the most innovative strategy for this purpose, to design functional polymers in the last few decades. Furthermore, the introduction of functional groups will open new applications for all available transducers.
Sensitivity and selectivity features of sensor coatings can be tuned by this approach. The strategy produces molecular cavities and interaction sites in sensor coatings. The synthesis of these tailored recognition materials is performed in an outstanding manner, which saves time and high costs of chemicals. Furthermore, intermolecular interactions between the analyte and chemical layers will generate sites, which are complementary to the analyte.
This procedure can easily be done, directly on a transducer surface, which includes engulfing the analyte by a prepolymer followed by crosslinking of polymeric material. These imprinted polymers form a robust recognition layer on the transducer surface, which cannot be peeled off and withstand against very harsh conditions, both in gaseous and liquid media. These recognition materials are very suitable, for small molecules even up to large bioparticles.
Prof. Dr. Franz L. Dickert
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- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
- Pesticides and insecticides
- Hazardous compounds
- Complex mixtures
- Viruses, bacteria and cells
- Process control
- Optical sensors
- Mass-sensitive sensors
- Electrochemical transducer