Molecular imprinting in ultrathin titania gel films via surface sol-gel process

Toyoki Kunitake, Seung Woo Lee

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

63 Citations (Scopus)


Recent progresses of molecular imprinting in metal oxide matrices were summarized. Application of the surface sol-gel process to mixtures of organic carboxylic acids and titanium alkoxide provides ultrathin layers of titania gel (10-20nm thick), in which molecule-sized cavities are kept intact upon removal of the organic templates. The imprinted cavity reflects the structural and functional features of the template molecule, and the enantioselective imprinting of dipeptide isomers is observed. Robustness and flexibility of the ultrathin titania layer is demonstrated by the formation of interconnected titania hollow structures. Possible practical applications and unsolved problems of this technique are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalAnalytica Chimica Acta
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 16 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy


Dive into the research topics of 'Molecular imprinting in ultrathin titania gel films via surface sol-gel process'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this