The European Physical Journal Applied Physics

Invited Papers

Application of plasma processes in NanoBiotechnology

F. Rossia1, F. Bretagnola1, A. Valsesiaa1 and P. Colpoa1

Institute for Health and Consumer protection (IHCP), Joint Research Centre, European Commission, 21020 Ispra (VA), Italy


We present an overview of the possibilities offered by the combination of plasma polymers deposition and nanopatterning by colloidal and electron beam lithography. It is shown that chemical and topographical patterns can be obtained on different substrates, with dimensions of the order of a few 100 nm. Two examples of applications of these nanostructures for protein adsorption studies are presented.

(Received November 16 2007)

(Revised January 22 2008)

(Accepted March 3 2008)

(Online publication May 6 2008)


  • 61.46.-w – Nanoscale materials;
  • 81.15.Gh – Chemical vapor deposition (including plasma-enhanced CVD, MOCVD, etc.);
  • – Biosensors