Plasma based surface modification of Poly (dimethylsiloxane) electrospun membrane proper for Organ On a Chip applications

Document Type: Article

Authors

1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 11365/8639 Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 11365/8639 Tehran, Iran.

Abstract

Constructing of the scaffolds for cell culture applications has long been of interest for engineering researchers and biologist. In this study, a novel process is utilized for construction of suitable membrane with a high mechanical strength and appropriate surface behavior. Poly (dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) is electrospun into fine fibers using poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) as the carrier polymer in different weight ratios. Since the surface behavior of all PDMS substrates is moderately hydrophobic (120 < contact angle (CA) < 150), the electrospun membranes with higher PDMS ratios show slightly higher hydrophilicity. Direct plasma treatment is utilized to change the interfacial wettability of the membrane. Applying plasma changes the surface energy and renders the PDMS/PMMA substrates superhydrophilic (CA

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