Surface-Grafted Polymer Coatings: Preparation, Characterization, and Antifouling Behavior Chapter uri icon


  • 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. This chapter discusses the methods of polymer surface-grafting, characterization of such modified surfaces, and utility of surface-grafted polymer coatings for antifouling applications. Grafting may be further classified according to the nature of the grafting strategy as either grafting-from or grafting-to. Graft-from and graft-to methods may be utilized to prepare surface-grafted polymers. There are many useful surface analysis techniques for characterizing surface-grafted polymers. The chapter discusses some common techniques, including how they are used and their advantages and limitations. Some of the common techniques include ellipsometry, contact angle, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and scanning probe microscopies. Surface-grafted poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) has been widely studied for its resistance to biofouling. To enhance this behavior, PEG-silane amphiphiles in which the PEG segment is distanced from the grafting group by a flexible siloxane tether have been prepared.

author list (cited authors)

  • Rufin, M. A., & Grunlan, M. A.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Rufin, Marc A||Grunlan, Melissa A

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publication date

  • January 2015