Preparation of Bioactive Coatings on the Surface of Bioinert Polymers through an Innovative Auto-Catalytic Electroless Route

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The aim of this research was to develop a new methodology to obtain bioactive coatings on bioinert and biodegradable polymers that are not intrinsically bioactive. In this study, three types of materials were used as substrates: (i) high molecular weight polyethylene (HMWPE) and two different types of starch based blends (ii) starch/ethylene vinyl alcohol blends, SEVA-C, and (iii)starch/cellulose acetate blends, SCA. These materials were obtained by injection moulding and by extrusion with blowing agents in order to obtain compact/porous 3D architectures. Three types of baths were developed in order to produce the newly proposed auto-catalytic Ca-P coatings: (i)alkaline, (ii) acid, and (iii) oxidant bath. The obtained results indicated that it was possible to coat the materials surfaces with calcium phosphate (Ca-P) layer with only 60 min of immersion in the different types of auto-catalytic solutions. These innovative auto-catalytic electroless route allows for the production of an adherent bioactive film on the polymeric surfaces. Furthermore, it was possible observe by SEM/EDS the clear bioactive nature of the Ca-P coatings after different immersion periods, in a simulated body fluid (SBF).

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Key Engineering Materials (Volumes 284-286)

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Edited by:

Panjian Li, Kai Zhang and Clifford W. Colwell, Jr.

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203-206

DOI:

10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.284-286.203

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J. M. Oliveira et al., "Preparation of Bioactive Coatings on the Surface of Bioinert Polymers through an Innovative Auto-Catalytic Electroless Route ", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 284-286, pp. 203-206, 2005

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April 2005

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