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Nanoporous Materials Able to Recognize Molecules According to their Spatial Orientation


The responsible for this development are a group of researchers at the Instituto de Tecnología Química, from the mixed centre at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. This group has synthesized the ITQ-37 zeolite, a crystalline molecular sieve having the largest pore diameter achieved thus far, approximately 20 angstrom.

This material will not only recognize molecules by their size and shape, but also for their spatial orientation. The finding opens up new applications for separation and reactivity of molecules in the field of pharmaceutical chemistry, biology and biotechnology.


June 8, 2009 - Posted by | Nanobiology, Nanomedicine | ,

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