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Surface modification of collagen-based biomaterial induced by pulse width variable femtosecond laser pulses
Author(s): A. Daskalova; A. Selimis; A. Manousaki; D. Gray; A. Ranella; C. Fotakis
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Paper Abstract

The ability to produce idealized cellular constructs is essential for understanding and controlling intercellular processes and ultimately for producing engineered tissue replacements. Preliminary results have been obtained on collagen modification by irradiation with single and multiple pulses of femtosecond laser with variable pulse duration. Irradiation of collagen thin film by single pulses of femtosecond duration results in creation of foam layer with micrometer thickness. The structure and thickness of the layer strongly depends on the number of the applied laser pulses. The surface properties of collagen thin films before and after Ti-sapphire irradiation with 800 nm were investigated by means of the technique Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM). Based on the FESEM results, it was possible to identify an energy density range as the ablation threshold for collagen thin films. The laser-induced foam formation was characterized over the intensity range 3 – 4.2x1011 W/cm2. The results of the field emission scanning electron microscopy, showed that by tailoring the laser pulse duration, improved the uniformity of the pore network. Examination of the interaction of ultra-short laser pulses with collagen films is useful for controlling the chemical and microstructural modification of the created foam layer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 March 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8770, 17th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications, 877016 (15 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2012699
Show Author Affiliations
A. Daskalova, Institute of Electronics (Bulgaria)
A. Selimis, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
A. Manousaki, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
Univ. of Crete (Greece)
D. Gray, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
A. Ranella, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
C. Fotakis, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
Univ. of Crete (Greece)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8770:
17th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications
Tanja N. Dreischuh; Albena T. Daskalova, Editor(s)

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