The use of UV-cross-linkable di-block copolymers as functional reaction surfaces for microelectrode arrays

Libo Hu, Matthew D. Graaf, Kevin D. Moeller

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Abstract

Three types of UV-cross-linkable di-block copolymers have been developed as coatings formicroelectrode arrays. All three polymers share the samePCEMAblock for the cross-linking reaction. The PBrSt-b-CEMA polymerwas shown to be compatible with a series of Pd(0)- and Cu(I)-catalyzed reactions. It was compatible with electrochemical signaling experiments, although it showed non-specific binding to proteins at higher concentrations. In order to study weak binding interactions, PCEMA-b-PPEGMA was developed to reduce non-specific binding. However, it was shown not to be a stable enough surface for array-based reactions. In an effort to make a tunable surface, PCEMA-b-BSt was made and was shown to be compatible with Suzuki reactions on the array, however, the inability of achieving a stable current deemed it incompatible with signaling experiments. The use of a pinacol protected PCEMA-b-pBSt polymer solved these issues. The protected polymer could be site-selectively deprotected, transesterified, and functionalized with Cu(II)-catalyzed reactions. It is also compatible with the electrochemical impedance experiments used to signal binding events on the arrays.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)G3020-G3029
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Volume160
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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