Laboratory of Biofunctional Materials has been developing the technique of molecular imprinting. This fascinating technique allows for the preparation of polymeric materials, Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs) with specific binding sites for a target molecule.
The laboratory integrates MIP-based materials with label-free sensing platforms like QCM, SPR, SAW for selective recognition of biomacromolecules (proteins, antibodies) as well as small molecules (pharmaceuticals, amino acids, nucleic acids). The resulting MIP-based sensors have evident potential applications in medical diagnostics of various diseases (e.g. neurodegenerative disorders, human stress, viral infection, hepatitis, cancer) due to their robust design, inexpensive and easy preparation, multiplexing capability, possibility to offer detection of analytes for which no receptor is available.