This chapter reviews the anti-(bio)fouling systems based on polymer brushes. Charged polymer brushes are well-hydrated in aqueous solutions to produce liquid-infused smooth interface. Because of the extremely low interfacial tension in the water-infusion soft interfaces and water, the hydrated charged polymer brushes exhibit outstanding anti-fouling capability in aqueous solutions. We present here anti-(bio)fouling properties of the charged polymer brushes to oils, asphaltenes, and marine fouling organisms including barnacle cypris larvae, mussel larvae, and marine bacteria.
KeywordsCharged polymers Polymer brushes Liquid-infused surfaces Wetting Hydration
This research was financially supported by the Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology (ERATO), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). This work was performed under the Cooperative Research Program of “Network Joint Research Center for Materials and Devices”.
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