We report a high-throughput method for producing surface-tethered polymeric brushes on glass substrates via surface-initiated photoinduced electron transfer-reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization (SI-PET-RAFT). Due to its excellent oxygen tolerance, SI-PET-RAFT allows brush growth using low reagent volumes (30 μL) without prior degassing. An initial 28 homopolymer brush library was successfully prepared and screened with respect to their antifouling performance. The high-throughput approach was further exploited to expand the library to encompass statistical, gradient, and block architectures to investigate the effect of monomer composition and distribution using two monomers of disparate performance. In this manner, the degree of attachment from Gram-negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) bacterial biofilms could be tuned between the bounds set by the homopolymer brushes.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)