A Facile Surface Functionalization Method for Polymers Using a Nonsolvent

Toyoaki Hirata, Hidenobu Taneda, Kazuya Nishio, Manabu Inutsuka, Norifumi L. Yamada, Fumiya Nemoto, Yasuhisa Minagawa, Hisao Matsuno, Keiji Tanaka

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    Surface treatment of polymeric solids without impairing their bulk properties is a crucial functionalization strategy for the promotion of their wider application. We here propose a facile method using a nonsolvent which can subtly alter or swell the polymer surface to be modified. A thin film of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) was immersed in a methanol solution of poly(2-methoxyethyl acrylate) (PMEA). Electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis and neutron reflectometry revealed that a PMEA layer formed on the PMMA film with a diffused interface. The PMEA layer was very swollen in water and exhibited the ability to suppress serum protein adsorption and platelet adhesion on it. The functionalization technique using a nonsolvent was also applicable to the surface of other polymeric solids such as polyurethane.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2170-2176
    Number of pages7
    JournalACS Applied Bio Materials
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 20 2020

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Biomaterials
    • Chemistry(all)
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Biochemistry, medical


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