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Sheng wu yi xue gong cheng xue za zhi = Journal of biomedical engineering = Shengwu yixue gongchengxue zazhi

[Grafting and characterization of poly (ethylene glycol) on polysulfone sheets].


PMID 16706369

Abstract

Grafting of poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) on the surface of polysulfone (PSF) sheets by simultaneous or sequential UV irradiation with 4-azidobenzoic acid as the photocoupler was carried out. Water contact angle measurements showed that there was a great improvement of hydrophilicity on the grafted surface. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy suggested that the area covered by PEG be 77.3% and 41.9% respectively after grafting by simultaneous and sequential pathways. With atomic force microscope (AFM), obvious difference in the shape and the phase mode was observed between surfaces of PEG-g-PSF sheets made by these two pathways. Evidences implied that simultaneous pathway would produce a branched PEG layer on the surface, while sequential pathway was coupled with a "pan-cake" PEG layer on it. This study provides the foundation for further advancement in tethering brush-like PEG on PSF hollow fiber membranes.

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