Novel poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and sulfonated PEG (PEG-SO3) acrylate copolymers have been prepared and characterized to apply as coating and blending materials for biomedical applications. The modified surfaces using acrylate copolymers demonstrated increased hydrophilicity, possibly due to the hypothesized reorientation of PEG/PEG-SO3 chains into water phase. All copolymer surfaces demonstrated less platelet adhesion than control. In addition, platelet adhesion on copolymer surfaces decreased as the chain length of PEG and sulfonated PEG in copolymers increases. All copolymer surfaces reduced bacterial adhesion significantly and the adhesion level differs depending on surfaces as well as media. The obtained results attest to the usefulness of these copolymers as a coating or additive material to improve the blood compatibility of blood contacting devices. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.
- Bacterial adhesion
- Platelet adhesion
- Sulfonated-PEG acrylate copolymers
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces and Interfaces