Fabrication & Characterization of Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for Removal of Mercury from Petroleum
Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) are aynthetic polymeric materials with specific recognition sites complementary in shape, size and functional groups to the template molecule involving an interaction mechanism based on molecular recognition. The molecular imprinting was illustrated in figure 1.
Schematic Representation of Non-covalent Imprinting
MIPs are capable providing a high degree of selectivity when used as sorbents in analytical extractions. MIPs have unique and pre-determined selectivity for target analytes which is mercury. It can selectively recognize a template molecule used in the imprinting process even in the presence of compounds having similar structure and functionality to the template.