Unique Titanium Surfaces for Enhanced Blood Compatibility
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US Utility Patent Pending (Not Yet Published)
Ketul C. Popat
Vignesh K Manivasagam
At A Glance
Researchers at Colorado State University have developed unique nanotexture surfaces on titanium that are both superhemophobic and superhydrophobic to improve hemocompatibility and simultaneously have antibacterial properties for bio-implants. These characteristics can improve implant life, inflammation, and avoid biofilm formation.
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Titanium is one of the most commonly used metals for bio-implants due to its excellent properties including strength-weight ratio, biological inertness, passivating oxide layer, dimorphic properties, and biofilm formation. However, for blood contacting implants, titanium surfaces often promote thrombosis due to its two-dimensional planar surface. Over the last two decades research has shown that implants with surface topography plays a major role in dictating hemocompatibility and cell compatibility of such devices prompting researchers to investigate various techniques (e.g., acid coating, etching, anodization, laser oxidation, and hydrothermal treatment) to produce unique nanostructures on implant surface. More recently, studies have shown that superhydrophobic surfaces can reduce blood clotting due to the minimum contact with the surface.
- Significant enhancement in hemocompatibility
- Reduces platelet adhesion and activation
- Reduces bacterial adhesion to the surface
- Surface maintains stable hierarchical structures (both nano and micron level)
- Biomedical devices
- Blood contacting medical devices (e.g., stents, mechanical heart valves, occlusion devices, left ventricular assist devices, etc.)
Last updated: May 2021