Spontaneous adhesion of dopa and tryptophan functionalized peg to polystyrene nanobeads: An epr study
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Wet adhesion is achieved by mussels so naturally. Their adhesion mechanism has inspired scientists to obtain wet adhesives for a long time. The amino acid 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) produced by mussels adheres to different types of surfaces and also contributes to cohesive interactions. Here, we showed the spontaneous adhesion of DOPA functionalized four armed poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) polymer to spin labeled polystyrene (SL-PS) nanosurfaces by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. In addition to DOPA, adhesion property of another amino acid of tryptophan (Trp) was studied. Trp attached four armed PEG polymers did not adhere to the surface of SL-PS in the force free condition. However, two armed DOPA and two armed Trp functionalized PEG adhere to the PS.