Title: Nanostructure Protein Repellant Amphiphilic Copolymer Coatings with Optimized Surface Energy by Inductively Excited Low Pressure Plasma
Citation: LANGMUIR vol. 27 no. 23 p. 14570-14580
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC67916
ISSN: 0743-7463
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC67916
DOI: 10.1021/la203256w
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Statistically designed amphiphilic copolymer coatings were deposited onto Thermanox, Si wafer, and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) substrates via Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyl acrylate and diethylene glycol vinyl ether in an Inductively Excited Low Pressure Plasma reactor. Plasma deposited amphiphilic coatings were characterized by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy, and Water Contact Angle techniques. The surface energy of the coatings can be adjusted between 12 and 70 mJ/m2. The roughness of the coatings can be tailored depending on the plasma mode used. A very smooth coating was deposited with a CW (continuous wave) power, whereas a rougher surface with Ra in the range of 2 to 12 nm was deposited with the PW (pulsed wave) mode. The nanometer scale roughness of amphiphilic PFDA-co-DEGVE coatings was found to be in the range of the size of the two proteins namely BSA and lysozyme used to examine for the antifouling properties of the surfaces. The results show that the statistically designed surfaces, presenting a surface energy around 25 mJ/m2, present no adhesion with respect to both proteins measured by QCM.
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