Synthetic receptors

We are interested in the development of novel, polymerisable receptors tailored to the recognition of specific target compounds. Thus, we have developed a range of custom functional monomers with selectivity for imides, carboxylic acidscarboxylate anions and ureas, among others. Apart from superior selectivity and affinity, customisation of our recognition elements enables sensing applications of the resulting MIPs, which are able to signal the binding event by a change in colour, fluorescence or electrical properties. Recently, our group reported on the first example of polymerisable squaramides and demonstrated their potential in the binding and sensing of anionic species.