Project TitleRobust Antifouling Hydrogels and Coatings
Track Code2009-154
Short Description

Antifouling hydrogels to eliminate protein and microorganism adhesion on surfaces.

#materials #biomedical #polymer


Researchers in Phillip Messersmith's laboratory have developed antifouling hydrogels that are extremely effective in reducing or eliminating protein and microorganism adhesion to surfaces. It reduces adhesion of nonspecific proteins by 90% and microorganisms by 99%. This technology utilizes a versatile immobilization strategy that provides a robust coating of polymers on a wide variety of surfaces. The strong adhesion of the polymers is particularly beneficial for medical and bio-related applications where the prevention of protein adsorption and cell adhesion to biosensors, medical devices and implants is crucial to their performance.

TagsMATERIALS: biomedical, MATERIALS: polymer
Posted DateFeb 22, 2013 4:39 PM


Phillip Messersmith
Jose Rivera
Yong-Kuang Gong


Antifouling protection of biological-contacting surfaces (medical instruments, devices, equipment)


  • Robust anchoring of polymers to surfaces
  • Effective on variety of surfaces: Si, Ti, TiO2, glass, and polystyrene
  • Inherent antibacterial property to polymers
  • Amenable to synthetic manufacturing

IP Status

A patent application has been filed.

Contact Information

Vara Josyula, PhD 
Invention Manager  
(p) 847-491-4456