Plasma Technology opens Doors to New and Enriching Possibilities in Life Sciences

Press Release / October 08, 2013

Plasma discharge in synthetic air.
© Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg
Plasma discharge in synthetic air.

Medicine and medical technology, pharmaceutical research and development, biology – all these areas make special demands on surfaces: In addition to sterility, a selective adjustment of the surface characteristics is often necessary. And most of all, the surface modification has to be economical. With the help of atmospheric pressure plasma technologies, surfaces can be provided with demanding characteristics on reasonable terms and in very short time. Even surfaces of complex and often miniaturized items, such as disposables, can be treated successfully.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST in Braunschweig, Germany, and the affiliated Fraunhofer Application Center for Plasma and Photonics in Göttingen, Germany, are very experienced and successfully working in the fields of coating and treatment of polymer and metal surfaces with atmospheric pressure plasma for life sciences. We are happy to present new applications at the Biotechnica 2013 at Hall 9, Booth E09. Among other innovative themes, we will show

  • New medical treatment methods with plasma technology
  • ”Plasma in a Bag” – a new plasma coated bag system for adherent cell cultivation
  • Internal coating of microfluidic systems, tubes and catheters
  • Surface functionalization with chemical reactive groups
  • Surface disinfection/sterilization
  • Plasma treatment of seeds

Our research aims to provide new or better functions to many different basic materials, so that innovative, advanced products in line with the market can be created.