Today Dr. Carolina Casagualda has presented her Doctoral Thesis entitled “Sulphide-sulphide bond as a toolkit for the modular synthesis of(multi)functional mussel-inspired coatings.” The thesis has been carried out within the Chemistry Program of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). The thesis has been carried out in collaboration with Prof. Felix Busqué and Prof. Ramon Alibés from the Chemistry Department in the UAB.
Dr. Carolina Casagualda has developed her Thesis on the formation of functional polymers. The work aimed to validate a versatile, flexible, and chemically modular strategy designed for the modular fabrication of (multi)functional coatings based on catechol compounds on both nanostructures and macrostructures.
A new catechol-based toolkit that includes i) a catechol moiety, ii) a polymerization unit, iii) and a functional moiety with a property to be conferred has been designed and polymerized with high synthetic control and functional degree. The obtained products have been used to coat and change the wettability of surfaces ranging from nanoparticles for biomedical applications to different substrates (metals, fabric, wood, etc.).
The Thesis Committee has been formed by:
President: Dr. Anna Roig (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, ICMAB-CSIC)
Secretary: Dr. Rosa María Sebastián (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – UAB)
Vocal: Dr. Aránzazu del Campo (Leibniz Institute for New Materials – INM)
Her directors Dr. Daniel Ruiz-Molina, Dr. Felix Busqué and Dr. Ramon Alibés, and the whole Nanosfun family are proud of such a good job!