Towards bioinspired parylene-C coatings of implant surfaces

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The external surfaces of an implanted prosthesis must be biocompatible. As the properties of a biological surface vary, often gradually but also abruptly, the implant surface should be endowed with a gradient of surface roughness and wettability for good integration with proteins and cells. We have made free-standing, flexible, fibrous, nano/micro-textured thin films of parylene-C with thickness-controlled surface morphology and hydrophobicity; furthermore, varying degrees of hydrophilicity are displayed after oxygen-plasma treatment. The bioinspired thin films are mechanically robust and have been shown to support both protein binding and cellular attachment as well as growth. By conformally covering an implant surface with patches of these thin films of varying thickness and oxygen-plasma-treatment duration, gradients of protein/cell attachment can be tailored and thus tissue integration can be managed on different parts of the implant surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2012
StatePublished - 2012
EventBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2012 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 12 2012Mar 15 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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