We synthesized chemically well-defined brush (i.e., comb-like) polymers bearing guanine, cytosine, uracil, or thymine moieties at the bristle ends. The polymers were stable up to 220 °C and were readily solution-processable, yielding high-quality films. Interestingly, the brush polymers favorably self-assembled to form molecular multibilayer structures stabilized by hydrogen bonding interactions among the nucleobase moieties at the bristle ends, which provided nucleobase-rich surfaces. The multibilayer-structured polymer films showed high water affinity. They also displayed selective protein adsorption, suppressed bacterial adherence, facilitated cell adhesion, and exhibited good biocompatibility in mice. The brush polymer DNA-mimicking comb-like polymers are suitable as biomaterials and in protein separation applications.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry|
|State||Published - May 1 2015|
- thin films