Bioinspired adhesive coating on PET film for antifouling surface modification

Seong Beom Heo, Young Sil Jeon, Seung Il Kim, Soo Hyun Kim, Ji Heung Kim

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One of the most common approaches to preparing antifouling surfaces is the immobilization of poly(ethylene glycol), which is known as PEGylation. In addition, the catechol functional group of dopamine (3,4- dihydroxyphenethylamine) has the capacity to create a strong coordinate bond with inorganic and organic surfaces in an aqueous environment. We synthesized novel polyaspartamide derivatives containing poly(ethylene glycol) and catechol pendant groups, and the same polymers in a pH-controlled aqueous solution were successfully employed to modify a poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) surface using a simple immersion method. Contact angle measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, attenuated total reflectance-infrared spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy were used to verify the surface coating on the PET substrate. Also, the cytotoxicity and antifouling properties were evaluated by protein adsorption and platelet adhesion tests of the coated materials. This biocompatible polymer has potential as an adhesive coating and for the surface modification of various biomaterials. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-209
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecular Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb
Externally publishedYes


  • PEGylation
  • PET film
  • antifouling
  • catechol group
  • surface modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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