The solvent, besides acting as the medium in which the polymerization is performed, has an important secondary role as a porogen. It controls the porous structure of the polymer matrix to a large extent, and a good porogen is essential if one wants the porous structure in the polymer to be well developed. Sometimes, however, a good porogenic solvent can be a bad solvent for the analyte, so once again a compromise is sometimes required. Common imprinting solvents include toluene, chloroform and acetonitrile.

In non-covalent imprinting, there is one further solvent effect which is of great importance. Polar solvents destabilize the analyte-functional monomer assembly and it is therefore better to use non-polar solvents, whenever possible, to maximize the concentration of the assembly in the pre-polymerization mixture. The same argument applies for analyte re-binding. In spite of this, non-covalent imprints have in some cases still shown good recognition properties in aqueous buffers, which are of course highly polar.

One final point of note, which applies to both covalent and non-covalent approaches, is that the best recognition is generally observed when the solvent used for both the polymerization and analyte rebinding is the same.

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