Special Issue "Coating Deposition and Surface Functionalization of Implants for Biomedical Applications 2014"


A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2015)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The human body is able to promote spontaneous healing phenomena to face the adverse consequences of diseases, aging processes or traumatic events. However such natural reactions are not always sufficient to recover extensive functional losses and, in that case, medical or surgical interventions are required. For this reason, the demand for new biomaterials to support or restore the role of damaged tissues is a major clinical and socioeconomic need. The deposition of a proper coating or the chemicophysical treatment of the surface may boost the performance of implant devices, conveying site-specific properties to the substrate material. The apposition of glass-based glazes which resemble the original enamel of tooth, the chemical modification of titanium to activate the bone-bonding ability or the deposition of calcium-phosphate layers on metal substrates to elicit the surface development of hydroxyapatite a re just a few examples of the new approaches to improve the behaviour of medical grafts by means of biocoatings and surface functionalization methods.

Dr. Antonella Sola
Guest Editor


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  • biocoatings
  • functionalization
  • surface treatments
  • coating deposition methods
  • implant materials

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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Type of Paper: Review
Title: Improving Polymeric Surfaces for Biomedical Applications
P. Ferreira, P. Alves, P. Coimbra and M. H. Gil
Chemical Process Engineering and Forest Products Research Centre, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Abstract: The performance of a material in a biological environment is mainly mediated by its surface properties and by the combination of physical and mechanical properties required for a specific application. Among the surface properties with utmost importance on this performance are its chemical structure (hydrophilicity and presence of groups that could initiate reaction in biological systems) and morphology (the distribution and abundance of hydrophilic/hydrophobic and crystalline/amorphous phases and surface topography). Surface modification aims to tailor the surface characteristics of a material for a specific application without detrimentally affecting the bulk properties.This methodology allows increasing the success of implants application by increasing their lifetime. Throughout this review, several approaches for surface modification of polymers as well as their applications will be described.

Last update: 17 October 2014

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