Radio frequency plasma enhanced synthesis of antifouling polymeric coatings from monoterpene alcohols

Bazaka, Kateryna, Jacob, Mohan V., Ivanova, Elena P., and Truong, Vi Khanh (2010) Radio frequency plasma enhanced synthesis of antifouling polymeric coatings from monoterpene alcohols. In: Proceedings of TENCON 2010. pp. 1486-1491. From: TENCON 2010, 21-24 November 2010, Fukuoka, Japan.

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Radio frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition is currently used to fabricate a broad range of functional coatings. This work described fabrication and characterization of a novel bioactive coating, polyterpenol, for encapsulation of three-dimensional indwelling medical devices. The materials are synthesized from monoterpene alcohols under different input power conditions. The chemical composition and structure of the polyterpenol thin films were determined by Xray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, contact angle measurements, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The application of polyterpenol coating to the substrate reduced surface roughness from 1.5 to 0.4 of a nanometer, and increased the water contact angle from to 9 to 72 degrees. The extent of attachment and extracellular polysaccharide (EPS) production of two medically relevant pathogens, Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermis were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and confocal scanning laser microscopy (CSLM). Application of polyterpenol coating fabricated at 10 W significantly inhibited attachment and growth of both pathogens compared to unmodified substrates, whilst addition of 50 W films resulted in an increased attachment, proliferation and EPS production by both types of bacteria when compared to unmodified surface. Marked dissimilarity in bacterial response between two coatings was attributed to changes in surface chemistry, nano-architecture and surface energy of polymer thin films deposited under different input power conditions.

Item ID: 16163
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-1-4244-6888-1
ISSN: 1557-9670
Keywords: biomaterials; radio frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition; surface modification
Date Deposited: 11 May 2011 23:14
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering @ 100%
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