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Water-repairable zwitterionic polymer coatings for anti-biofouling surfaces

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Abstract

We developed a strategy to prepare new types of zwitterionic polymer network (ZPN) coatings that display excellent self-healing and anti-biofouling properties. Upon mechanical damage (scratching), the coatings can be easily repaired within 1 min by immersion in water, and this self-healing property can even be achieved for nanoscale-thick coatings. Both the mechanical properties and the anti-biofouling characteristics are repaired after healing.

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The article was received on 28 Apr 2017, accepted on 13 Jun 2017 and first published on 27 Jun 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7TB01178D
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. B, 2017, Advance Article
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    Water-repairable zwitterionic polymer coatings for anti-biofouling surfaces

    Z. Wang, E. van Andel, S. P. Pujari, H. Feng, J. A. Dijksman, M. M. J. Smulders and H. Zuilhof, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7TB01178D

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