Lucas’ most recent paper has been published in Advanced Materials Interfaces. This work, which Lucas performed partially together with undergraduate student Jelle, presents a facile and effective two-step (grafting-to) strategy to introduce a thermoresponsive polymer as a responsive coating on a surface. To this end, Lucas reacted block copolymers of poly(glycidyl methacrylate) and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) onto a prefunctionalised poly(dopamine) primer layer. Not only did Lucas study in detail the thermoresponsive properties and degree of hydration of the (block) copolymers as a function of temperature, but he also studied their antifouling performance.
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