Selective binding of antibiotics using magnetic molecular imprint polymer (MMIP) networks prepared from vinyl-functionalized magnetic nanoparticles

Joel Kuhn, Gülgün Aylaz, Esma Sari, Mariano Marco, Humphrey H. P. Yiu, Memed Duman

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Adverse effects of pharmaceutical emerging contaminants (PECs), including antibiotics, in water supplies has been a global concern in recent years as they threaten fresh water security and lead to serious health problems to human, wildlife and the environment. However, detection of these contaminants in water sources, as well as food products, is difficult due to their low concentration. Here, we prepared a new family of magnetic molecular imprinted polymer (MMIP) networks for binding antibiotics via a microemulsion polymerization technique using vinyl silane modified Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles. The cross-linked polymer backbone successfully integrated with 20-30 nm magnetic nanoparticles and generated a novel porous polymeric network structure. These networks showed a high binding capacity for both templates, erythromycin and ciprofloxacin at 70 and 32 mg/g. Both MMIPs were also recyclable, retaining 75% and 68% of the binding capacity after 4 cycles. These MMIPs have showed a clear preference for binding the template molecules, with a binding capacity 4- to 7-fold higher than the other antibiotics in the same matrix. These results demonstrate our MMIP networks, which offered high binding capacity and selectivity as well as recyclability, can be used for both removal and monitoring hazardous antibiotic pollutants in different sources/samples and food products.
Original languageEnglish
Article number121709
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Early online date21 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2020


  • 3-butenyltriethoxysilane
  • Ciprofloxacin CPX
  • Erythromycin ERY
  • Magnetic MIP
  • Poly(methacrylic acid) PMAA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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