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PEM Anchorage on Titanium Using Catechol Grafting
Published: Friday, November 30, 2012
Author: Hélène Marie et al.

by Hélène Marie, Amélie Barrere, Frédérique Schoentstein, Marie-Hélène Chavanne, Brigitte Grosgogeat, Laurence Mora


This study deals with the anchorage of polyelectrolyte films onto titanium surfaces via a cathecol-based linker for biomedical applications.


The following study uses a molecule functionalized with a catechol and a carboxylic acid: 3-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)propanoic acid. This molecule is anchored to the TiO2 substrate via the catechol while the carboxylic acid reacts with polymers bearing amine groups. By providing a film anchorage of chemisorption type, it makes possible to deposit polyelectrolytes on the surface of titanium.

Principal Findings

Infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), contact angle and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements show that the different steps of grafting have been successfully performed.


This method based on catechol anchorage of polyelectrolytes open a window towards large possibilities of clinical applications.