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Porous Organic Nanolayers for Coating of Solid-state Devices

Sri D Vidyala12, Waseem Asghar23 and Samir M Iqbal234*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Bioengineering, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76010, USA

2 Nanotechnology Research and Teaching Facility, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019, USA

3 Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76011, USA

4 Joint Graduate Studies Committee of Bioengineering Program, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76010, USA

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Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2011, 9:18  doi:10.1186/1477-3155-9-18

Published: 14 May 2011



Highly hydrophobic surfaces can have very low surface energy and such low surface energy biological interfaces can be obtained using fluorinated coatings on surfaces. Deposition of biocompatible organic films on solid-state surfaces is attained with techniques like plasma polymerization, biomineralization and chemical vapor deposition. All these require special equipment or harsh chemicals. This paper presents a simple vapor-phase approach to directly coat solid-state surfaces with biocompatible films without any harsh chemical or plasma treatment. Hydrophilic and hydrophobic monomers were used for reaction and deposition of nanolayer films. The monomers were characterized and showed a very consistent coating of 3D micropore structures.


The coating showed nano-textured surface morphology which can aid cell growth and provide rich molecular functionalization. The surface properties of the obtained film were regulated by varying monomer concentrations, reaction time and the vacuum pressure in a simple reaction chamber. Films were characterized by contact angle analysis for surface energy and with profilometer to measure the thickness. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis revealed the chemical composition of the coated films. Variations in the FTIR results with respect to different concentrations of monomers showed the chemical composition of the resulting films.


The presented approach of vapor-phase coating of solid-state structures is important and applicable in many areas of bio-nano interface development. The exposure of coatings to the solutions of different pH showed the stability of the coatings in chemical surroundings. The organic nanocoating of films can be used in bio-implants and many medical devices.