Conversion of the Hydrophobic Surface of Polyurethane into a Hydrophilic Surface Using the Graft Polymerization of 2-(dimethylamino) ethyl Methacrylate and the Resulting Antifungal Effect

  • Yong-Chan Chung
  • Chul Ho Bae
  • Dong Eui Kim
  • Jae Won Choi
  • Byoung Chul ChunEmail author


A hydrophobic polyurethane (PU) was altered to obtain a hydrophilic characteristic using the graft polymerization of 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methylmethacrylate (DAMA) onto the PU surface and the subsequent ionization of the dimethylamino group on poly(DAMA). The grafted poly(DAMA) chain influenced numerous properties, such as the cross-link density, thermal transitions of soft segments, and tensile and shape memory characteristics. The grafting of poly(DAMA) noticeably enhanced the breaking tensile stress and shape recovery capability through the cross-linking between the grafted poly(DAMA)s, but the breaking tensile strain and the shape retention did not noticeably decline after the grafting of poly(DAMA). Additionally, the poly(DAMA)-grafted PU exhibited a significant enhancement in its low temperature flexibility and antifungal effectiveness against a mixture of fungi.


antifungal low-temperature flexibility graft polymerization surface modification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yong-Chan Chung
    • 1
  • Chul Ho Bae
    • 2
  • Dong Eui Kim
    • 2
  • Jae Won Choi
    • 2
  • Byoung Chul Chun
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryThe University of SuwonHwaseongKorea
  2. 2.School of Nano EngineeringInje UniversityGimhaeKorea

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