Plasma assisted deposition of free-standing nanofilms for biomedical applications

Daniela Pignatelli*, Eloisa Sardella, Fabio Palumbo, Chiara Lo Porto, Silvia Taccola, Francesco Greco, Virgilio Mattoli, Pietro Favia

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Polymeric free-standing nanofilms are emerging as appealing materials for many applications, including biomedical ones. This communication describes a new and versatile method to obtain self-supported plasma-deposited coatings. Coupling a soluble sacrificial layer with low or atmospheric pressure plasma processes, free-standing films have been prepared. Vancomycin-embedded bio-composite coatings have been deposited at atmospheric pressure with an aerosol-assisted plasma process, while PolyEthylene Oxide-like (antifouling and cross-linked) coatings and silver-containing (antibacterial) nanocomposite coatings have been plasma-deposited at low pressure. The described approach can certainly be extended to many possible free-standing nanofilms of different nature that can be synthesized by means of customized plasma processes, and it is a valid alternative to conventional wet methods to nanofilm synthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1224-1229
Number of pages6
JournalPlasma Processes and Polymers
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes


  • anti bacterial
  • cold plasma
  • drug delivery
  • free-standing nanofilms
  • non fouling
  • PE-CVD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Polymers and Plastics


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