Plasma for Health – Antimicrobial functionalisation of medical implants
The Plasma for Health allows the deposition of thin uniform coating layers, covalently bound to the surface and thereby introducing new functional groups with specific chemical and biological properties. A variety of different coatings have been realised by plasma polymerization to improve biocompatibility, hydrophilic/hydrophobic properties, or to mediate antimicrobial function. The antimicrobial function can be created by AMPS, proteins or with antimicrobial metal particles (Ag, Cu, etc.) which can be combined with the atmospheric pressure plasma technology. Potential applications are: The reduction of microbial surface colonisation on medical implants or local treatment of infections.