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Keywords:

  • cationic polycarbonates;
  • hydrogels;
  • tunable mechanical properties;
  • broad spectrum antimicrobial;
  • antifouling;
  • michael addition
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A novel class of antimicrobial cationic polycarbonate/PEG hydrogels are designed and synthesized by Michael addition chemistry. These hydrogels demonstrate strong broad-spectrum antimicrobial activities against various clinically isolated multidrug-resistant microbes. Moreover, they exhibit nonfouling properties and prevent the substrate from microbial adhesion. These antimicrobial and antifouling gels are promising materials as catheter coatings and wound dressings to prevent infections.