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Anal Chim Acta. 2015 Jan 1;853:1-18. doi: 10.1016/j.aca.2014.06.011. Epub 2014 Jun 12.

Molecularly imprinted polymer based enantioselective sensing devices: a review.

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Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005, India. Electronic address:
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005, India.


Chiral recognition is the fundamental property of many biological molecules and is a quite important field in pharmaceutical analysis because of the pharmacologically different activities of enantiomers in living systems. Enantio-differentiating signal of the sensor requires specific interaction between the chiral compounds (one or a mixture of enantiomers) in question and the selector. This type of interaction is controlled normally by at least three binding centers, whose mutual arrangement and interacting characteristics with one of the enantiomers effectively control the selectivity of recognition. Molecular imprinting technology provides a unique opportunity for the creation of three-dimensional cavities with tailored recognition properties. Over the past decade, this field has expanded considerably across the variety of disciplines, leading to novel transduction approaches and many potential applications. The state-of-art of molecularly imprinted polymer-based chiral recognition might set an exotic trend toward the development of chiral sensors. The objective of this review is to provide comprehensive knowledge and information to all researchers who are interested in exploiting molecular imprinting technology toward the rational design of chiral sensors operating on different transduction principles, ranging from electrochemical to piezoelectric, being used for the detection of chiral compounds as they pose significant impact on the understanding of the origin of life and all processes that occur in living organisms.


Chiral recognition; Electrochemical chiral sensors; Enantio-sensing; Molecularly imprinted polymers; Optical sensors; Piezoelectric devices

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