COMBATING BIOFILMS, TUTORIAL ON ANTIFOULING STRATEGIES
Antifouling technologies are needed in a broad range of applications – from buildings and ships to biomedical devices. I will give an overview to the different strategies for combatting biofouling, and give some examples of current technologies and how these can be applied.
What does bladder disease, vascular disease and neurological disease have in common? The current devices are often prone to various material failures which cannot be solved with single simple materials. BioModics combine polymers in new ways to provide multifunctional devices. Biomodics applies supercritical CO2 as solvent to drive temporary expansion of silicone, allowing a polymer hydrogel network to impregnate into the material before it returns to its original shape. The resulting Interpenetrating Polymer Network (IPN) material allows a range of new applications. Key words for the new hybrid material are drug delivery, hydrophilic silicone, triggered release, biocompatibility and diagnostics. Biomodics IPNs can to a large extent be tailored to combination solutions with drugs. Biomodics pipeline hybrid material devices include antimicrobial devices and new balloon implants.
POLYMER FILMS WITH NANO- AND MACROSTRUCTURES