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Keywords:

  • biological samples;
  • molecular recognition;
  • polymers;
  • precipitation polymerization;
  • synthetic receptors
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In river water, milk, and bovine serum, molecularly imprinted polymer nanoparticles with hydrophilic polymer brushes showed excellent molecular recognition (see picture). Readily prepared by precipitation polymerization with a macromolecular chain-transfer agent, such nanoparticles are promising alternatives to antibodies for many applications owing to their superior dispersion and binding properties in biological matrices.