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Synthesis of Polypyridine-Graft-PEG Copolymer for Protein Repellent and Stable Interface

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Abstract:

Polypyridine grafted with poly(ethylene glycol) (Py-g-PEG) have been synthesized. Radical copolymerization of methyl-terminated PEG macromonomer with 4-pyridylmethyl methacrylate homogeneously proceeded and the obtained copolymer spontaneously adsorbs from aqueous solution onto gold surfaces, where the pyridine parts act as the multipoint anchor to the surface and the PEG parts provide the strong steric repulsion between the chains. As a result, the highly protein repellent and stable surface was constructed through multipoint pyridine attachment as compared with singlepoint pyridine attachment. Py-g-PEGs thus synthesized are promising material to functionalize metal and semiconductor material and to self-assemble into micelle in biotechnological and biomedical field.

Keywords: POLY (ETHYLENE GLYCOL); PROTEIN REPELLENT SURFACE; PYRIDINE UNIT

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2006.234

Publication date: June 1, 2006

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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