Stereo-biochemistry and Function of Polymers

  • I. D. Robb
Part of the Life Sciences Research Reports book series (DAHLEM, volume 31)


The role of exocellular polymers in the adhesion of bacteria to surfaces has been considered by comparing it with the adsorption of free polymers on surfaces. In this, the roles of the various interactions between the polymer segment, solvent, surface, and solution components have been discussed. The importance of the multisegment nature of a polymer has been emphasized, together with the special properties and behavior of polyelectrolytes. Factors influencing the time dependence of the adhesion of (inert) particles to surfaces and their applicability to bacterial adhesion are discussed.


Bacterial Adhesion Polymer Segment Free Polymer Anionic Polyelectrolyte Sodium Polyacrylate 
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  • I. D. Robb
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  1. 1.Unilever Research LaboratoryPort Sunlight, MerseysideEngland

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