Mussel-inspired surface chemistry for multifunctional coatings

Haeshin Lee, Shara M. Dellatore, William M. Miller, Phillip B. Messersmith*

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We report a method to form multifunctional polymer coatings through simple dip-coating of objects in an aqueous solution of dopamine. Inspired by the composition of adhesive proteins in mussels, we used dopamine self-polymerization to form thin, surface-adherent polydopamine films onto a wide range of inorganic and organic materials, including noble metals, oxides, polymers, semiconductors, and ceramics. Secondary reactions can be used to create a variety of ad-layers, including self-assembled monolayers through deposition of long-chain molecular building blocks, metal films by electroless metallization, and bioinert and bioactive surfaces via grafting of macromolecules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-430
Number of pages5
Issue number5849
StatePublished - Oct 19 2007

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