Degradable Anti-Biofouling Polyester Coatings with Controllable Lifetimes
Mu, G., Genzer, J., & Gorman, C. B. (2022, January 20). LANGMUIR.
To achieve degradable, anti-biofouling coatings with longer lifetimes and better mechanical properties, we synthesized a series of degradable co-polyesters composed of cyclic ketene acetals, di-(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate, and a photoactive curing agent, 4-benzoylphenyl methacrylate, using a radical ring-opening polymerization. The precursor co-polyesters were spin-coated on a benzophenone-functionalized silicon wafer to form ca. 60 nm films and drop-casted on glass to form ∼32 μm films. The copolymers were cross-linked via UV irradiation at 365 nm. The degradation of films was studied by immersing the specimens in aqueous buffers of different pH values. The results show that both the pH of buffer solutions and gel fractions of networks affect the degradation rate. The coatings show good bovine serum albumin resistance capability. By adjusting the fractions of monomers, the degradation rate and degree of hydration (e.g., swelling ratio) are controllable.