We explore the possibility to tune surface properties of polymeric substrate
with switchable and adaptive nanoscopic polymer coatings. Such a coating can
adopt their properties to biological environment interacting with proteins and
cells. We fabricate the coating on surface of textiles to develop materials of
biomedical application. We have shown that adaptive surfaces can improve
interaction and cell growth that is of great importance for various implants
based on textile materials. Switchable textiles which undergo change of surface
properties responding on change of temperature and humidity are studied and
Fabrication of switchable/adaptive biocompatible coatings on the surface of textile materials;
Development of chemical and physical methods of surface modification of textile;
Modification of textiles with functional colloidal particles.
Figure 1. Textile with modified fibers. Effect on contact angle.
Video 1 and 2. Textile with modified fibers. Dynamics of water drops.
Minko, S.; Motornov, M. Hybrid polymer nanolayers for surface modification of fibers In Nanofibers and nanotechnology in textiles; Brown, P.; Stevens, K., Eds.; Woodhead Publishing Limited: Cambridge, UK, 2007.
Motornov, M.; Minko, S.; Eichhorn, K.-J.; Nitschke, M.; Simon, F.; Stamm, M. Reversible Tuning of Wetting Behavior of Polymer Surface with Responsive Polymer Brushes. Langmuir2003, 19(19), 8077-8085.
Motornov, M.; Minko, S.; Nitschke, M.; Grundke, K.; Stamm, M. Mixed polymer brushes on polyamide substrates.PMSE Preprints2003, 88, 264-265.