Smart molecularly imprinted polymers: Recent developments and applications

Yi Ge*, Benjamin Butler, Farhan Mirza, Sabeeh Habib-Ullah, Dan Fei

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The use of the molecular imprinting technique to produce polymers with high specificity for a given "molecular template" has undergone a rapid and expansive evolution since the inception of the idea over half a century ago. It was only a matter of time before the seemingly inevitable "marriage" of this concept with another modern research obsession, the generation of "smart" polymers, capable of reacting quickly, accurately and reproducibly to changes in their environment. Many advances have since been made, concerning the quality and diversity of these systems and polymers responsive to temperature, pH and a host of other environmental cues now exist. This article provides a succinct overview of the process and outcomes of "smart" molecular imprinting, followed by a detailed assessment of recent developments and applications in such field. The field of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) is rapidly evolving and of increasing importance to our society. "Smart" MIPs are intellectual MIP systems that show tunable response(s) to external stimuli, such as temperature, pH, light, ionic strength, biomolecules, and magnetic fields, having considerable potential and applications across a wide range of fields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)903-915
Number of pages13
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • molecular imprinting
  • polymers
  • stimuli-responsive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics


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