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ISRN Polymer Science
Volume 2014, Article ID 790583, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/790583
Research Article

Synthesis of Carbon Nanotube Incorporated Molecular Imprinted Polymer with Binding Affinity towards Testosterone

School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala 686560, India

Received 19 November 2013; Accepted 9 January 2014; Published 19 February 2014

Academic Editors: C. Chen, Y. Chen, and B. G. Soares

Copyright © 2014 Anju Augustine and Beena Mathew. 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

A novel polymer was synthesised using functionalized carbon nanotube and acrylamide as the polymer support for the separation of testosterone. The developed polymers were characterised using FT-IR, XRD, and SEM techniques. Imprinted polymer showed specificity towards the template testosterone. Among the various polymers, the MWCNT incorporated polymer showed high binding towards the used template. Investigation of the selectivity characteristics revealed that the developed polymer showed selectivity toward the template testosterone than similar compounds. The bound template could be totally recovered and regenerated polymer maintains its recognition property after repeated use. On the basis of the results, the imprinted polymer can be applied for the direct extraction of testosterone in clinical analysis.