Sulfobetaine-based polymer brushes in marine environment: Is there an effect of the polymerizable group on the antifouling performance?

R. Quintana, D. Janczewski, V.A. Vasantha, S. Jana, S.S.C. Lee, F.J. Parra-Velandia, S. Guo, A. Parthiban, S.L-M. Teo, Gyula J. Vancso

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Abstract

Three different zwitterionic polymer brush coatings for marine biofouling control were prepared bysurface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of sulfobetaine-based monomers includingmethacrylamide (SBMAm), vinylbenzene (SBVB) and vinylimidazolium (SBVI). None of these brush sys-tems have been assessed regarding marine antifouling performance. Antifouling tests performed indicatethat surfaces featuring these three brush systems substantially reduce the adhesion of the marine microal-gae, Amphora coffeaeformis, and the settlement of cyprid larvae of the barnacle, Amphibalanus amphitrite,in a similar way, displaying comparable performance. Thus, it appears that the chemical structure of thepolymerizable group has no substantial influence on marine antifouling performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-124
Number of pages7
JournalColloids and surfaces B: Biointerfaces
Volume120
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • IR-92665
  • METIS-306441

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