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Rasha Mohamed El Nashar, Speaker at Speaker for Catalysis Conference- Rasha Mohamed El Nashar
Cairo University, Egypt
Title : Molecularly imprinted polymers electrochemical sensors: Form macro to micro molecules detection


Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) are synthetic materials with so many applications as recognition elements in many types of electrochemical sensors due to their very unique properties including: high thermal stability, longer shelf stability, reusability besides higher selectivity that is comparable to natural biological receptors. 
For a chemical sensor to work, two mechanisms are required: recognition and transduction. MIPs play a wonderful role as recognition receptors in combination with a transducer that transforms the concentration of substrate or the product of interaction of the target material in the electrode matrix into electrical signal that is amplified and further processed
Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) can be easily Incorporated either on polymeric membrane or within solid matrix to form the active electrode surface allowing the design of electrochemical sensors with very fixable analytical characteristics .Also, Magnetic Molecularly imprinted polymers (MMIP) can be utilized to improve properties of the sensor by offering a simple and fast elution of the template molecules from MMIPs by simply using an external magnetic field. 
Many other materials were also combined with MIP to give electrodes of improved analytical performance to fit in different applications, such as nanomaterials such as gold and silver nanoparticles (AuNPs and AgNPs), single-walled and multi walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs and MWCNTs). Also, different types of MIPs were applied including, bulk, surface imprinted, hydrogels.
The recent advances in application of MIP as recognition receptors will be discussed in this presentation.


She is full Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Cairo University since 2014 and adjunct professor of analytical Chemistry at Zewail City of Science and Technology, Egypt, besides being a former adjunct professor at School of Science and Engineering in the American University in Cairo. She was on scientific leave from Faculty of Science, Cairo University to Faculty of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, The German University in Cairo, since March 2004 till end of June 2015. Her research interests include, Molecularly imprinted polymers synthesis and different applications including solid phase extraction, sensors and drug delivery systems, nanoparticles synthesis, electrochemical sensors, flow injection analysis and computer assisted HPLC method development. She was awarded the prestigious State incentive award for technological science (basic sciences sector) 2015 from The Egyptian Academy of Science and Technology, besides several travel and research grants from DAAD, TWAS and center of special studies in Alexandria library. She is a member of the board of directors of the Egyptian society of analytical chemistry since 2017.