South African Journal of Science
On-line version ISSN 1996-7489
Print version ISSN 0038-2353
KAYE, Perry T. Designer ligands: the search for metal ion selectivity. S. Afr. j. sci. [online]. 2011, vol.107, n.3-4, pp.01-08. ISSN 1996-7489. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajs.v107i3/4.439.
The paper reviews research conducted at Rhodes University towards the development of metal-selective ligands. The research has focused on the rational design, synthesis and evaluation of novel ligands for use in the formation of copper complexes as biomimetic models of the metalloenzyme, tyrosinase, and for the selective extraction of silver, nickel and platinum group metal ions in the presence of contaminating metal ions. Attention has also been given to the development of efficient, metal-selective molecular imprinted polymers.