The nanometer-scale architecture of polymer chains is shown to play a crucial role in protein resistant and antifouling properties.
Significance and Impact
Since a polymer’s nanoscale architecture acts a a dual barrier against protein adsorption, it can be used to create a general approach for the design of antifouling surfaces for applications such as medical devices, ship hulls, and membranes.
M. K. Endoh, Y. Morimitsu, D. Salatto, Z. Huang, M. Sen, W. Li, Y. Meng, D. G. Thanassi, J-M. Y. Carrillo, B. G. Sumpter, D. Kawaguchi, K. Tanaka, and T. Koga, "Protein resistance driven by polymer nanoarchitecture," ACS Macro Lett. 8, 1153-1159 (2019). DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.9b00518