Large-area sub-micron structured surfaces using micro injection moulding templates of nanoporous anodized Aluminum Oxide

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Title: Large-area sub-micron structured surfaces using micro injection moulding templates of nanoporous anodized Aluminum Oxide
Authors: Zhang, Nan
Harrison, S.
Meagher, Philip
et al.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4713
Date: 2012
Abstract: This study demonstrates a mass production method using nanoporous Anodized Aluminum Oxide (AAO) templates as mould insert tools that are used to structure large area polymer surfaces by a micro injection moulding process. SEM and water contact angle measurements served to evaluate the effect of nanostructures on surface properties. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells were cultured on nano-structured and ultra-smooth surfaces of polymer parts. Experimental results indicated that nano-pillar features sized from ~100nm to 250nm were easily replicated on these same polymer surfaces. The contact angles varied from 3o to 9o. The nanoporous AAO templates were able to retain their pore integrity very well for ~80 injection moulding cycles: this suggests they they could be a potential mould tool for large area patterning of polymer surfaces. The endothelial cell culture analysis indicates that cell growth was not significantly affected by nano-topography compared to the smooth surfaces (baseline RA ~6nm) and both surfaces had equally good cell adhesion.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: Research Publishing Services
Copyright (published version): 2012 the authors
Keywords: Nanoporous AAO;Micro injection moulding;Cell adhesion;Contact angle measurement
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Conference Details: 4M 2012, Vienna, Austria, 9-11 October 2012
Appears in Collections:Mechanical & Materials Engineering Research Collection

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