Kennesaw State University

Preparation of Novel Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for Selective Recognition of Aminosugars

Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) are synthetic materials capable of selective binding of a desired substrate. In their function_, they mimic biological systems such as antibodies and enzymes, but due to their ease of preparation, versatility, and chemical stability, are rapidly gaining popularity as alternatives to traditional approaches for achieving molecular recognition. Herein is presented a project involving KSU undergraduates in which a novel MIP capable of binding the biologically relevant aminosugar glucosamine. Student research assistants will synthesize, characterize, and analyze the MIP's properties during the next calendar year in anticipation of a presentation at a national professional meeting in the Spring of 2007.

Project Lead(s)

Gregory Rushton
Associate Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry