Surface functionalization towards biocompatible medical devices

Published on September 7, 2012

This video describes the surface modification of medical devices to improve their biocompatibility. Two plasma-chemistry processes are detailed. Firstly, the activation of a surface that consists of polymethylpentene, a procedure that aims at increasing the biocompatibility of artificial lungs. Secondly, it is demonstrated how the surface of titanium can be coated. The ultimate goal of this surface functionalization is the minimization of the body’s intolerance to pacemakers.

Dräger Group | Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Dr. Gerald Dräger is head of a junior research group that tackles issues in the realm of polymer design at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany. His group participates in the cluster of excellence “REBIRTH”, a collaboration of research groups from a variety of disciplines that focuses on regenerative biology and reconstructive therapies.

MSc. Jessica Buchholz is a first year PhD student in the research group of Dr. Dräger.

Dr. med. Bettina Wiegmann works as a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Hannover Medical School, Germany and participates in the working group “Bioartificial lung”, a member of the cluster of excellence “REBIRTH”.

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