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Manipulating Sticky and Non-Sticky Properties in a Single Material


  • This work was supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (HDTRA1-10-1-0074) and the Office of Naval Research (N000140910137 and N000140711036).


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Sticky and non-sticky, together? A newly developed zwitterionic material (CB-OH; blue structure in scheme) has an equilibrium counterpart (CB-Ring; red). This interchangeable material allows control over two distinct properties: “non-sticky” CB-OH (biomolecular resistance) and “sticky” CB-Ring (binding by covalent bonds).