1 Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark2 Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark3 Center for Nanostructured Graphene, Center, Technical University of Denmark4 University of Copenhagen5 The Rockefeller University
A method for the solid-phase synthesis of peptides or proteins in high yield and high purity uses a solid support consisting of a functionalized polystyrene-grafted polymer substrate, the grafted polystyrene chains being substantially non-cross-linked and having a chain molecular weight, not including optional non-reactive substituents, of at least 200,000, preferably in the range of 600,000-1,200,000. Particularly suitable polymer substrates are substrates of a polyolefin such as polyethylene. The method is particularly well-suited to the compartmentalized synthesis of a multitude of peptides or proteins in a parallel and substantially simultaneous fashion. Preferred embodiments of a solid support for performing the synthesis are prepared from thin polyethylene sheet or film which has been grafted with polystyrene chains in a radical-initiated process in which the polyethylene sheet or film is immersed in a solution of optionally substituted styrene monomer in an alcohol such as methanol, the volume percentage of styrene in the solution preferably being about 30% v/v, and subjected to gamma irradiation.