2007 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2007 - 10th Annual

New Technology for Polymer Surface Modification: Self Assembling Monolayer End Groups

R. Ward and K. McCrea
The Polymer Technology Group Inc., US

self assembly, surface modification, polymers, biomaterials

Self-assembling monomers (SAMs) are useful in research because they form well-defined monolayers for optional attachment of biologically-active molecules. However, their use in applications is limited by their fragility due, in part, to their monomolecular dimensions. Polymers with ‘Self-Assembling Monolayer End Groups’ (SAME) are designed to spontaneously form robust surfaces analogous to self-assembling monomers. Components can be manufactured by useful processing methods; e.g., molding, extrusion and spraying. Bulk properties are determined by the selection of polymer mid-block, while surface properties are dominated by the SAME moieties. This versatile architecture offers the potential for a seamless transition from R&D results with SAMs, to manufacturing new polymeric devices optimized for biomedical applications.

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