Guozhu Li

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Biomimetic polymers with a zwitterionic moiety for ultra low fouling and a catechol end group for surface anchoring have been developed. Binding tests of the adhesive polymers on various surfaces, including amino (NH(2)), hydroxyl (OH), and methyl (CH(3)) terminated self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) along with bare gold, were performed under acidic and basic(More)
A new strategy integrating antimicrobial and nonfouling/biocompatible properties is presented. A mild antimicrobial agent (salicylate) was incorporated into a carboxybetaine ester hydrogel, poly(N,N-dimethyl-N-(ethylcarbonylmethyl)-N-[2-(methacryloyloxy)-ethyl]ammonium salicylate) (pCBMA-1 C2 SA) hydrogel, as its anionic counterion. This new hydrogel(More)
In this work, we report a systematic study of zwitterionic poly(carboxybetaine methacrylate) (pCBMA) grafted from glass surfaces via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) for their resistance to long-term bacterial biofilm formation. Results show that pCBMA-grafted surfaces are highly resistant to non-specific protein adsorption (fibrinogen and(More)
Zwitterionic polymers such as poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (polySBMA) and poly(carboxybetaine methacrylate) (polyCBMA) have demonstrated impressive fouling-resistance against proteins and mammalian cells. In this paper, the effects of these surface chemistries on the settlement and behavior of an ubiquitous fouling organism, the cypris larva of the(More)
In this work, we demonstrate a convenient, efficient, and environmentally benign strategy to achieving antimicrobial and antiadhesive purposes using a silver-zwitterion nanocomposite. The synthesis of the nanocomposite relies on loading zwitterionic polymer brushes with Ag(+) precursor ions, followed by their in situ reduction to Ag nanoparticle by(More)
In this work, nonfouling zwitterionic polymers were grafted via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) from surfaces covered with an adhesive catechol initiator. The catechol initiator was attached to both bare gold and amino-functionalized surfaces, and the nonfouling performances of the resulting polymer brushes were compared. Under(More)
A density functional theory (DFT) analysis was conducted on the hydrogenation of 2-alkyl-anthraquinone (AQ), including 2-ethyl-9,10-anthraquinone (eAQ) and 2-ethyl-5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-9,10-anthraquinone (H4 eAQ), to the corresponding anthrahydroquinone (AQH2 ) over a Pd6 H2 cluster. Hydrogenation of H4 eAQ is suggested to be more favorable than that of eAQ(More)
Mussel-inspired polydopamine (PDA) particles with the size of ∼270 nm are used as a support of palladium (Pd) nanoparticles (NPs) for catalyst preparation. The surface morphology of the PDA particle has been modified via corrosion of CF3COOH. Surface chemistry of the obtained PDA particle has been engineered by the formation of a carboxylic acid-terminated(More)
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