While zwitterionic polymers are typical examples of hydrogels, amphiphilic polymers received increasing attention in the past as they combine the inertness of hydrophilic polymers with the low surface energy of hydrophobic chemistries. We create new amphiphilic polymers based on natural or bioinspired compounds including zwitterions, polysaccharides, or peptides and test these compounds in the laboratory and in the field.
Students working on this project: Thuvarakhan Gnanasampanthan, Emily Manderfeld
Collaborations: Prof. Clare, University of Newcastle, UK and Prof. Hunsucker and Prof. Swain (FIT test site at Port Canaveral, FL, USA)
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