Polydopamine--a nature-inspired polymer coating for biomedical science

Nanoscale. 2011 Dec;3(12):4916-28. doi: 10.1039/c1nr10969c. Epub 2011 Oct 25.


Polymer coatings are of central importance for many biomedical applications. In the past few years, poly(dopamine) (PDA) has attracted considerable interest for various types of biomedical applications. This feature article outlines the basic chemistry and material science regarding PDA and discusses its successful application from coatings for interfacing with cells, to drug delivery and biosensing. Although many questions remain open, the primary aim of this feature article is to illustrate the advent of PDA on its way to become a popular polymer for bioengineering purposes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bioengineering / methods*
  • Biosensing Techniques / methods*
  • Drug Delivery Systems*
  • Indoles / chemistry*
  • Polymers / chemistry*


  • Indoles
  • Polymers
  • polydopamine