Engineering and Characterization of Polymer Surfaces for Biomedical Applications

  • Hans Jörg Mathieu
  • Yann Chevolot
  • Laurence Ruiz-Taylor
  • Didier Léonard
Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 162)


The application of synthetic polymers in the growing field of materials for medical applications is illustrated by examples from recent work at the Materials Institute of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. The review highlights the need for functionalization and chemical control of material surfaces at a molecular/functional level. After a brief introduction into the surface chemical analysis tools, i.e., X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) combined with contact angle measurements, phosphorylcholine biomimicking polymers as well as immobilization of carbohydrates on polystyrene are presented.


Polymers Surface analysis Functionalization Immobilization Glycoengineering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Jörg Mathieu
    • 1
  • Yann Chevolot
    • 2
  • Laurence Ruiz-Taylor
    • 3
  • Didier Léonard
    • 4
  1. 1.Materials InstituteÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)Lausanne EPFLSwitzerland
  2. 2.Laboratoires Goëmar, UMR 1931 CNRS/Laboratoires GoëmarRoscoffFrance
  3. 3.Zyomyx Inc.HaywardUSA
  4. 4.Analytical Technology, Microanalysis groupGE Plastics EuropeBergen op ZoomThe Netherlands

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