It is widely accepted that molecularly imprinted polymers will be one of the most important technological and scientific challenges in the fields of biotechnology, separation, purification, analytical science, catalysis, biomdical and environmental applica tions. Particular advantages to be realized by MIPs are the low preparation cost and the potential utility in situations where no recognizing biomolecule is available. The present "NANOIMPRINT" proposal addresses the following S&T objectives: 1. Novel synthesis routes for the economically feasible production of MIPs, taking into account limitations of the current synthetic approaches, and the rational design of improved imprinting materials. 2. MIPs for selective recognition and separation of biological molecules. Development of MIPs for selective recognition and separation of biological materials, utilizing reagents and polymerization techniques for delicate molecules such as oligosaccharides, peptides and for large structures such as proteins. 3. Carbo hydrate imprinted polymers as enhancers of bioactive compounds in microbial cultures. 4. MIPs as artificial receptors. Production of artificial receptors with high substrate selectivity and specificity for analytical science applications (immunoassays, chr omatography, capillary electrophoresis and solid phase extraction). 5. Understanding the mechanisms controlling the molecular structure. The present consortium combines the expertise of academic and research scientists (i.e. three university departments, four research institutes) in complementary scientific and technical areas with the business focus of one SME aiming to promote collaborative research and technology developments in biotechnology, environmental control, bioseparation, enzyme technology and biochemical analysis. A second SME, Eurobiotec S.A. which does not legally exist at the moment, will join the consortium at a later stage, after its registration (presumably until month 7).
Fields of science
- FP6-NMP - Nanotechnologies and nanosciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices: thematic priority 3 under the 'Focusing and integrating community research' of the 'Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area' specific programme 2002-2006.
Call for proposal
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Funding SchemeNoE - Network of Excellence