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Dual water-healable zwitterionic polymer coatings for anti-biofouling surfaces

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Abstract

Herein, we show for the first time drop-casting zwitterionic polymer colloidal particles onto different surfaces to obtain zwitterionic coatings with highly protein-repelling properties and dual self-healing capabilities. Upon nano/micro mechanical scratches, the coatings self-heal in a NaCl solution which is accompanied by the recovery of the anti-biofouling characteristics. Also under severe macro damage conditions, water will induce the zwitterionic groups buried inside the particles to transfer to the coating surface, and as such regenerate the surface-wetting properties and repair the anti-biofouling properties.

Graphical abstract: Dual water-healable zwitterionic polymer coatings for anti-biofouling surfaces

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Submitted
18 Jul 2018
Accepted
14 Aug 2018
First published
24 Oct 2018

This article is Open Access

J. Mater. Chem. B, 2018,6, 6930-6935
Article type
Communication

Dual water-healable zwitterionic polymer coatings for anti-biofouling surfaces

Z. Wang, G. Fei, H. Xia and H. Zuilhof, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2018, 6, 6930
DOI: 10.1039/C8TB01863D

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