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The University of Southampton

Molecularly Imprinted Polymers: Nano-scale Biomimetics Seminar

17 September 2014
Building 29, Room 2003 Chemistry University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

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Event details

Dr Nick Turner presents a seminar as part of the MDT seminar series.

Molecular Imprinting (MI) is a technique which allows for the creation of target specific recognition sites in a wide range of materials and formats. Capable of specifically targeting anything from cells and proteins to small bioactive molecules these “artificial antibodies” have shown great promise in a number of fields, including sensing and separations, and across numerous fields including biotechnology, pharmacy, chemistry and environmental science. As such, the MI has garnered significant interest in the past few years with an exponential growth in published work.

In this presentation Dr Turner will give a brief overview of the technique, and describe the current work in his lab. This includes the use of MIPs for trace compound analysis, guiding the folding of proteins and the modification of the technique to generate aptamer-MIP hybrids.

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Speaker information

Dr Nick Turner, Open University. Dr Nick Turner studied for a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology at the University of Southampton, UK (1994 – 1997); followed by a Master’s by Research in Biochemistry in Exeter, UK. He prepared his doctoral thesis under the guidance of Professor Piletsky at Cranfield University, UK in the field of sensor design and molecular imprinting. Nick is currently a Lecturer in Analytical Science at the Open University in the UK, a position he has held since 2009. Prior to this he held research positions in Australia, at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Cranfield University and The University of Utah, USA. He work is focussed on novel uses of molecular imprinting, biomimetics, physical analysis of polymeric materials and (bio) sensor design.

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