Fabrication and medical applications of lotus-leaf-like structured superhydrophobic surfaces

Jin Ik Lim, Seung Il Kim, Youngmee Jung, Soo Hyun Kim

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Various biomaterials have been widely used for biomedical applications, including bio-organs, medical devices, and clinical devices like vessel, blood pumps, artificial kidneys and hearts, even in contact with blood. The issue of blood compatibility has been studied intensively to prevent negative effects such as thrombosis due to the implanted devices. The use of lotus-leaf-like structured surfaces has been extended to an increasing number of applications such as contamination prevention and anticorrosion applications. Various methods such as template, sol-gel transition, layer-bylayer, and other methods, developed for the fabrication of lotus-leaf-like surfaces have been reported for major industrial applications. Recently, the non-wettable character of these surfaces has been shown to be useful for biomedical applications ranging from blood-vessel replacement to antibacterial surface treatment. In this review, we provide a summaiy of current and future research efforts and opportunities in the development and medical applications of lotus-leaf-like structure surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-419
Number of pages9
JournalPolymer (Korea)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jul


  • Biopolymer
  • Blood compatible surface
  • Lotus-leaf-like structure
  • Medical application
  • Superhydrophobic surface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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