Biomaterials and Textiles

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 fabricated.

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Responsive Biomaterials and Textiles
Figure 1. Textile with modified fibers. Effect on contact angle.

Video 1 and 2. Textile with modified fibers. Dynamics of water drops.
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Publications on Topic:
  1. 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. Details
  2. 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.
    Langmuir 2003, 19(19), 8077-8085. Details
  3. Motornov, M.; Minko, S.; Nitschke, M.; Grundke, K.; Stamm, M. Mixed polymer brushes on polyamide substrates. PMSE Preprints 2003, 88, 264-265. pdf version