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Research Letters in Materials Science
Volume 2008, Article ID 458158, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2008/458158
Research Letter

Microfluidic Approach for the Synthesis of Micro- or Nanosized Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Particles

Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697, USA

Received 23 October 2007; Accepted 5 January 2008

Academic Editor: S. Sun

Copyright © 2008 Kyung M. Choi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) have specific molecular recognition sites for chemical detection.High affinity receptors can increase the sensitivity of sensors/devices. The synthesis of micro- or nanosized MIP's particles is desirable to improve the sensitivity since MIP's particle sizes are inversely proportional to the affinity between receptors and template molecules. To synthesize nano- or microsized MIPs particles, we demonstrate here a novel microfluidic approach, which presents continuous and uniform MIP's particle generation.