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Photochemical surface modification of polymers for biomedical applications
Author(s): Johannes Heitz; Michael Olbrich; Christoph Romanin; Irene Frischauf; Vaclav Svorcik; Olga Kubova; Thomas Peterbauer
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Paper Abstract

We describe here the modification of various polymers (polytetrafluoroethylene, polyethyleneterephthalate, and polyvinyl alcohol) by UV-irradiation with wavelengths below 200 nm in an inert or reactive atmosphere. The light sources employed are F2- or excimer lasers and excimer lamps. The reactive gases include ammonia (NH3), acetylene (C2H2), and oxygen (O2). Photo-dissociated fragments of these gases can react with the polymers or be deposited thereon, resulting in new chemical groups at the surface. Special emphasis is put to improved adhesion of biological cells at these modified surfaces. Potentials applications include cell coated medical implants and prostheses as well as cell micro-arrays for high throughput screening.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 June 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6261, High-Power Laser Ablation VI, 62611I (7 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.669345
Show Author Affiliations
Johannes Heitz, Johannes Kepler Univ. (Austria)
Michael Olbrich, Johannes Kepler Univ. (Austria)
Christoph Romanin, Johannes Kepler Univ. (Austria)
Irene Frischauf, Johannes Kepler Univ. (Austria)
Vaclav Svorcik, Institute of Chemical Technology (Czech Republic)
Olga Kubova, Institute of Chemical Technology (Czech Republic)
Thomas Peterbauer, Univ. of Vienna (Austria)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6261:
High-Power Laser Ablation VI
Claude R. Phipps, Editor(s)

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