Superhydrophobic titania nanotube arrays for reducing adhesion of bacteria and platelets
Hemocompatibility and bacterial infections cause challenges for medical devices. When any material is implanted into the body bacteria, blood, proteins and platelets will adsorb and attach to its surface. The platelet adsorption leads to thrombosis and clot formation on the surfaces, restricting blood flow and in some cases leading to inflammation and device failure. Bacteria adhesion leads to colony formation and eventually infection if left untreated. Infections can be treated with antibiotics, but growing antibiotic resistance among bacteria has spurred a search for methods that reduce ...
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