Dynamic contact angle cycling homogenizes heterogeneous surfaces

Abstract : a r t i c l e i n f o In order to reduce restenosis, the necessity to develop the appropriate coating material of metallic stent is a challenge for biomedicine and scientific research over the past decade. Therefore, biodegradable copolymers of poly((R,S)-3,3 dimethylmalic acid) (PDMMLA) were prepared in order to develop a new coating exhibiting different custom groups in its side chain and being able to carry a drug. This material will be in direct contact with cells and blood. It consists of carboxylic acid and hexylic groups used for hydrophilic and hydrophobic character , respectively. The study of this material wettability and dynamic surface properties is of importance due to the influence of the chemistry and the potential motility of these chemical groups on cell adhesion and polymer kinetic hydrolysis. Cassie theory was used for the theoretical correction of contact angles of these chemical heterogeneous surfaces coatings. Dynamic Surface Analysis was used as practical homogenizer of chemical heterogeneous surfaces by cycling during many cycles in water. In this work, we confirmed that, unlike receding contact angle, advancing contact angle is influenced by the difference of only 10% of acidic groups (%A) in side-chain of polymers. It linearly decreases with increasing acidity percentage. Hysteresis (H) is also a sensitive parameter which is discussed in this paper. Finally, we conclude that cycling provides real information, thus avoiding theoretical Cassie correction. H 10 is the most sensible parameter to %A.
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Materials Science and Engineering: C, Elsevier, 2016, 69, pp.1192-1200. 〈10.1016/j.msec.2016.08.013〉
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Rima Belibel, Christel Barbaud, Laurence Mora. Dynamic contact angle cycling homogenizes heterogeneous surfaces. Materials Science and Engineering: C, Elsevier, 2016, 69, pp.1192-1200. 〈10.1016/j.msec.2016.08.013〉. 〈inserm-01373890〉

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