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Nonthermal Plasma Technology as a Versatile Strategy for Polymeric Biomaterials Surface Modification: A Review

Tim Desmet (UGent) , Rino Morent (UGent) , Nathalie De Geyter (UGent) , Christophe Leys (UGent) , Etienne Schacht (UGent) and Peter Dubruel (UGent)
(2009) Biomacromolecules. 10(9). p.2351-2378
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In modern technology, there is a constant need to solve very complex problems and to fine-tune existing solutions. This is definitely the case in modern medicine with emerging fields such as regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. The problems, which are studied in these fields, set very high demands on the applied materials. In most cases, it is impossible to find a single material that meets all demands such as biocompatibility, mechanical strength, biodegradability (if required), and promotion of cell-adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation. A common strategy to circumvent this problem is the application of composite materials, which combine the properties of the different constituents. Another possible strategy is to selectively modify the surface of a material using different modification techniques. In the past decade, the use of nonthermal plasmas for selective surface modification has been a rapidly growing research field. This will be the highlight of this review. In a first part of this paper, a general introduction in the field of surface engineering will be given. Thereafter, we will focus on plasma-based strategies for surface modification. The purpose of the present review is twofold. First, we wish to provide a tutorial-type review that allows a fast introduction for researchers into the field. Second, we aim to give a comprehensive overview of recent work on surface modification of polymeric biomaterials, with a focus on plasma-based strategies. Some recent trends will be exemplified. On the basis of this literature study, we will conclude with some future trends for research.
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biomaterials, plasma treatment, tissue engineering

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Desmet, Tim, Rino Morent, Nathalie De Geyter, Christophe Leys, Etienne Schacht, and Peter Dubruel. 2009. “Nonthermal Plasma Technology as a Versatile Strategy for Polymeric Biomaterials Surface Modification: A Review.” Biomacromolecules 10 (9): 2351–2378.
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Desmet, T., Morent, R., De Geyter, N., Leys, C., Schacht, E., & Dubruel, P. (2009). Nonthermal Plasma Technology as a Versatile Strategy for Polymeric Biomaterials Surface Modification: A Review. Biomacromolecules, 10(9), 2351–2378.
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Desmet T, Morent R, De Geyter N, Leys C, Schacht E, Dubruel P. Nonthermal Plasma Technology as a Versatile Strategy for Polymeric Biomaterials Surface Modification: A Review. Biomacromolecules. American Chemical Society; 2009;10(9):2351–78.
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Desmet, Tim et al. “Nonthermal Plasma Technology as a Versatile Strategy for Polymeric Biomaterials Surface Modification: A Review.” Biomacromolecules 10.9 (2009): 2351–2378. Print.
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  abstract     = {In modern technology, there is a constant need to solve very complex problems and to fine-tune existing solutions. This is definitely the case in modern medicine with emerging fields such as regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. The problems, which are studied in these fields, set very high demands on the applied materials. In most cases, it is impossible to find a single material that meets all demands such as biocompatibility, mechanical strength, biodegradability (if required), and promotion of cell-adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation. A common strategy to circumvent this problem is the application of composite materials, which combine the properties of the different constituents. Another possible strategy is to selectively modify the surface of a material using different modification techniques. In the past decade, the use of nonthermal plasmas for selective surface modification has been a rapidly growing research field. This will be the highlight of this review. In a first part of this paper, a general introduction in the field of surface engineering will be given. Thereafter, we will focus on plasma-based strategies for surface modification. The purpose of the present review is twofold. First, we wish to provide a tutorial-type review that allows a fast introduction for researchers into the field. Second, we aim to give a comprehensive overview of recent work on surface modification of polymeric biomaterials, with a focus on plasma-based strategies. Some recent trends will be exemplified. On the basis of this literature study, we will conclude with some future trends for research.},
  author       = {Desmet, Tim and Morent, Rino and De Geyter, Nathalie and Leys, Christophe and Schacht, Etienne and Dubruel, Peter},
  issn         = {1525-7797},
  journal      = {Biomacromolecules},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {9},
  pages        = {2351--2378},
  publisher    = {American Chemical Society},
  title        = {Nonthermal Plasma Technology as a Versatile Strategy for Polymeric Biomaterials Surface Modification: A Review},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/bm900186s},
  volume       = {10},
  year         = {2009},
}

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