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Approaches to molecular imprinting based selectivity in capillary electrochromatography.

  • Leif Schweitz
  • Peter Spégel
  • Staffan Nilsson
Publishing year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 63-4053
Publication/Series: Electrophoresis
Volume: 22
Issue: 19
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Abstract english

The work done during the past decade in order to adapt molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) to the capillary format and subsequently use these highly selective matrices for capillary electrochromatography (CEC) are reviewed in this article. MIPs are prepared utilizing a templated polymer synthesis where the template addresses the selectivity of the resulting polymer. These polymers possess binding characteristics that are comparable to the biological antibodies. Due to the polyclonality of the binding sites in the MIP, the separation result in severe peak broadening and tailing when performed in the isocratic mode. This was seen early in the development of MIPs as selective stationary phases in liquid chromatography (LC). As a mean of decreasing these problems, much effort was put into adapting the MIP to fit in CEC systems, that offers an efficiency that is superior to that in LC. Aiming to increase the efficiency of the MIP-CEC systems, different MIP formats have been developed that can be divided into three conceptually different categories, i.e., the monolithic, the microparticle and the coating. The strive for MIP formats that can be used in small bore capillaries has led to the development of MIP formats applicable to miniaturized systems approaching the chip format. Although prepared in order to perform MIP-CEC mediated separations, these formats can be used in a broad range of applications were the characteristics of the MIP, e.g. stability, selectivity and cost efficiency, could offer an interesting solution to cover the needs.


  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chromatography
  • Micellar Electrokinetic Capillary : methods
  • Microscopy
  • Electron
  • Scanning


  • ISSN: 0173-0835
Peter Spegel
E-mail: peter [dot] spegel [at] chem [dot] lu [dot] se


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