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Study of PEO on LTI carbon surfaces by ellipsometry and tribometry
Author(s): Jinyu Wang; Eric Stroup; Xing Fa Wang; Joseph D. Andrade
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Paper Abstract

Proteins absorb to almost all surfaces during the first few minutes of exposure. Surfaces that show minimal protein absorption are important in many biomedical applications. Moreover, patient discomfort due to poor lubricating action between tissue and various medical devices, especially contact lenses, is a serious medical problem. An effective polymer for protein- resistant surfaces and improved lubrication properties appears to be polyethylene oxide (PEO). Here we report a study of PEO films on low temperature isotropic (LTI) carbon surfaces, including preparation using a photochemical reaction, characterization of the thickness of the PEO layer by ellipsometry and measurement of coefficient of friction with a custom built tribometer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1991
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1519, International Conference on Thin Film Physics and Applications, (1 November 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.47179
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Jinyu Wang, Univ. of Utah (United States)
Eric Stroup, Univ. of Utah (United States)
Xing Fa Wang, Univ. of Utah (United States)
Joseph D. Andrade, Univ. of Utah (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1519:
International Conference on Thin Film Physics and Applications

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