Plasma-Generated Poly(allyl alcohol) Antifouling Coatings for Cellular Attachment

Lucy Watkins, Adam Fraser Lee, James Moir, Karen Wilson

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Conformal poly(allyl alcohol) (PAA) coatings
were grown on a biomedical grade polyurethane scaffold using
pulsed plasma polymerization of the allyl alcohol monomer.
The creation of a continuous wave polymer primer layer
increases the interfacial adhesion and stability of a subsequent
pulsed plasma deposited PAA film. The resulting PAA coatings
are strongly hydrophilic and stable following 7 days incubation
in biological media. Films prepared through this energyefficient, two-step process promote human dermal fibroblast
cell culture, while resisting E. coli biofilm formation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88–94
Number of pages7
JournalACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
Issue number1
Early online date28 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2017


  • plasma
  • polyurethane
  • XPS
  • biofilm
  • polymerization
  • fibroblast

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