Anti-fouling behavior of polymer brush immobilized surfaces

Yuji Higaki, Motoyasu Kobayashi, Daiki Murakami, Atsushi Takahara

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Polymer brushes have been utilized as a proper model interface for the investigation of wetting, lubrication, hydrated chain dimension and the structure of hydrated water at hydrated polymer interfaces. Zwitterionic polyelectrolyte-tethered surfaces represent significant anti-fouling materials for bio-macromolecules, marine fouling organisms and pipeline foulants. Systematic anti-fouling tests for various polymer brushes were performed to demonstrate the critical factors for universal anti-fouling properties. In this focused review, material design concepts and recent progress on anti-fouling polymer materials are reviewed, and our recent research on anti-fouling studies using polymer brushes is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-331
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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