Magnetic protein imprinted polymers: a review
Protein imprinted polymers have received a lot of interest in the past few years because of their applications as tailor-made receptors for biomacromolecules. Generally, the preparation of these polymers requires numerous and time-consuming steps. But their coupling with magnetic nanoparticles simplifies and speeds up the synthesis of these materials. Some recent papers describe the use of protein imprinted polymer (PIP) coupled to magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (MION) for the design of MION@PIP biosensors. With such systems, a target protein can be specifically and selectively captured from complex media due to exceptional chemical properties of the polymer. Despite such performances, only a limited number of studies address these hybrid nanosystems. This review focuses on the chemistry and preparation of MION@PIP nanocomposites as well as on the metrics used to characterize their performances.
- This article is part of the themed collections: International Year of the Periodic Table: Applications for magnetic materials and Recent Review Articles