Poly(L-lactide) substrates with tailored surface chemistry by plasma copolymerisation of acrylic monomers

Gonzalez Garcia, C., Latorre Ferrus, L., Moratal, D., Monleón Pradas, M. and Salmerón-Sánchez, M. (2009) Poly(L-lactide) substrates with tailored surface chemistry by plasma copolymerisation of acrylic monomers. Plasma Processes and Polymers, 6(3), pp. 190-198. (doi:10.1002/ppap.200800112)

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Abstract

The wettability of PLLA substrates was modified by plasma copolymerising on its surface thin films based on EA and HEA. The composition of the reactive gas inside the plasma chamber was that of the corresponding liquid mixture of the comonomers. The surface of the substrates was investigated by AFM, which showed that the plasma film was ≈100 nm thick. The WCA decreases monotonically with decreasing HEA content in the mixture. The fraction of hydroxyl groups has been calculated from XPS. The local mechanical properties of the plasma-polymerised surfaces were estimated by nanoindentation experiments performed using the AFM tip, which turns out to be a method sensitive to the composition of the copolymerised plasma film on the PLLA surface.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Salmeron-Sanchez, Professor Manuel and Gonzalez Garcia, Dr Cristina
Authors: Gonzalez Garcia, C., Latorre Ferrus, L., Moratal, D., Monleón Pradas, M., and Salmerón-Sánchez, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
Journal Name:Plasma Processes and Polymers
ISSN:1612-8850
ISSN (Online):1612-8869
Published Online:07 January 2009

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