New surfaces with hydrophilic/hydrophobic characteristics in relations to (no)bioadhesion

G. Legeay, F. Poncin-Epaillard, C. R. Arciola

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The possibility of biosurfaces with high or low adhesiveness for protein, bacteria or eukaryotic cells is discussed. At the interface su rface object/biological milieu, biocompatibility, (no) bioadhesion and (no) biocontamination are shown to be correlated with physico-chemical surface characteristics. First consequence is the (no) possibility of biofilm formation. Substrates with low surface energy could interact only with hydrophobic biomolecules. On substrates with high surface energy, a water monolayer spontaneously formed. Modification of a surface by plasma techniques is a way for engineering biomaterials. Plasma techniques are dry processes and more suitable for biomedical applications. In the field of biomaterial medical devices, in hygienic prevention of nosocomial diseases, in food packaging, the use of substrates with a very hydrophilic character may help to prevent the proliferation of cells and bacteria. Such a technique is so efficient that antibiotic molecules are not necessary. Therefore, surface engineering is a tool for modifying and adapting materials to specific biological applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-461
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Artificial Organs
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006


  • Bioadhesion
  • Hydrophilic
  • Hydrophobic
  • Surfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics


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