Silicate‐Phenolic Networks: Coordination Mediated Deposition of Bioinspired Tannic Acid Coatings

Surface modification with polyphenolic molecules has been pursued in biomedical materials owing to their antioxidant, anti‐inflammatory, and antimicrobial characteristics. Recently, the use of silicic acid (Siaq) as mediator for efficient surface deposition of tannic acid (TA) was reported, but the postulated Si‐TA polymeric networks were not characterized. Here, we present unambiguous evidence for silicate‐TA networks that involve Si–O–C motifs by using solid‐state NMR spectroscopy, further supported by XPS and ToF‐SIMS. Using QCM‐D we demonstrate the advantages of Siaq, compared to using transition metal ions, to improve the coating efficiency under mildly acidic conditions. The presented homogenous coating buildup and validated applicability in inorganic buffers broadens the use of TA for surface modifications in technological and biomedical applications.

Published in: Chemistry - A European Journal

Date: 2019-05-27

Authors: Florian Weber, Wei-Chih Liao, Alejandro Barrantes, Mattias Edén and Hanna Tiainen