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Anal Chim Acta. 2006 Sep 25;578(2):105-16. Epub 2006 Jun 30.

Metal ion-imprinted polymers--novel materials for selective recognition of inorganics.

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  • 1Chemical Sciences Division, Regional Research Laboratory (CSIR), Trivandrum 695019, India.


Ion-imprinted polymers (IIPs) are recently identified nano-porous polymeric materials which on leaching the imprint ion can rebind, sense or transport (when cast as membranes) selectively the target analyte in presence of closely related inorganic ions. The IIPs find interesting applications in solid phase extraction, sensors and membrane separations of inorganics. Unlike the molecularly imprinted polymers, the IIP field is in its infancy and has been briefly reviewed here along with some rough guidelines and concepts for further development of IIPs.

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