Special Issue "Advances in Medical Device Coatings"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 September 2013)
Dr. Denis Dowling
Surface Engineering Research Group, Room 223, UCD Engineering and Materials Science Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)1 716 1747/1884/1787
Fax: +353 (0)1 283 0534
Interests: coatings; atmospheric plasmas; cell adhesion; medical devices; tailored surface chemistry
There has been an enormous growth in the application of coatings onto medical devices in the last few years. Examples of these coatings range from hydroxyapetite, which enhance cell attachment onto orthopaedic implants, to antimicrobial silver coatings on catheters, drug eluting coatings on stents and blood compatible coatings such as heparin. These coatings are deposited using processes such as plasma spraying, dipping and spin coating. More recently novel coating techniques such as laser treatments, low temperature atmospheric plasmas and microblasting techniques have also been developed for the deposition of bioactive coatings. The objective of this review is to highlight new developments in the deposition and characterisation of coatings for both implantable and non-implantable medical device applications. Issues such as how the presence of specific chemical functionalities or coating morphology influences protein and / or cell adhesion or anti-microbial activity will be considered. Developing methods of assessing the potential longer term stability (ageing) issues associated with coated devices are critically important prior to the clinical application of these devices. Included also in this review are both in-vitro and in-vivo studies on the performance of both novel coatings and / or processing technologies.
Dr. Denis Dowling
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- thin film
- chemical functionality
- cell attachment
- surface treatment