Materials and surfaces for medical products
The NMI offers support for the development of customized surfaces for medical products.
For example, plasma coatings can be used to set the adhesive, antifrictional and wetting properties, the corrosion and wear resistance, and the biocompatibility of material surfaces for a wide range of products.
One key objective is to ensure that the interface between the material and biosystems achieves a specific cell or tissue interaction with these surfaces. Methods for developing application-specific functional surfaces and coatings are just as varied as the applications and projects being worked on at the NMI. Examples include coronary stents with an antithrombogenic surface, biocompatible electrodes offering long-term stability, insulating layers for active implants, control of wettability in a microdispensing system, suppression of protein adsorption in fluidic microsystems, and coatings for controlled cell adhesion.