The European Physical Journal Applied Physics

Research Article

Trends in surface engineering of biomaterials: atmospheric pressure plasma deposition of coatings for biomedical applications

G. Da Pontea1 c1, E. Sardellaa2, F. Fanellia1, R. d’Agostinoa1a2a3 and P. Faviaa1a2a3

Department of Chemistry, University of Bari, Bari, Italy

Institute of Inorganic Methods and Plasmas, IMIP-CNR, Bari, Italy

Plasma Solution, spin-off of the University of Bari, via Orabona 4, 70126 Bari, Italy


Cold plasma processes for surface engineering of biomaterials and biomedical devices are traditionally performed at low pressure; more and more, though, surface modification plasma processes at atmospheric pressure are also gaining popularity. This short review is aimed to list briefly atmospheric pressure plasma processes reported, in the last decade, for adapting the surface of materials to the best interactions with cells, bacteria and biomolecules.

(Received April 26 2011)

(Accepted July 13 2011)

(Online publication October 28 2011)


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