Versatile nanostructured materials via direct reaction of functionalized catechols

Javier Saiz-Poseu, Josep Sedõ, Beatriz García, Cristina Benaiges, Teo Parella, Ramon Alibés, Jordi Hernando, Felix Busqué, Daniel Ruiz-Molina

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A facile one-step polymerization strategy is explored to achieve novel catechol-based materials. Depending on the functionality of the catechol, the as-prepared product can be used to modify at will the surface tension of nano and bulk structures, from oleo-/hydrophobic to highly hydrophilic. A hydrophobic catechol prepared thus polymerized shows the ability to self-assemble as solid nanoparticles with sticky properties in polar solvent media. Such a versatile concept is ideal for the development of catechol-based multifunctional materials. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2066-2070
JournalAdvanced Materials
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2013


  • adhesion
  • catechol
  • multifunctional materials
  • nanoparticles
  • polydopamine


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