Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 3:15 PM
The Merlins (Boise Centre on the Grove)

2007 Cope Scholar Address: Plastic enzymes, recent advances in molecular imprinting

Kenneth J. Shea, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA

Molecular imprinting is a general protocol for creating receptor and/or catalytic sites in cross-linked network polymers. Imprinted polymers (MIPs) are mechanically and chemically robust functional thermosets that can be used as chromatographic packings and sorbents for the binding, separation and isolation of targeted molecules. The talk will provide an introduction to molecular imprinting and focus on recent developments including the fabrication of imprinted polymers that function as a surrogate for the serotonin receptor subtype 5-HT1A and epitope imprinting, a general strategy for selective protein capture.