Surface-immobilized polyethylene oxide for bacterial repellence

Neil P. Desai, Syed F.A. Hossainy, Jeffrey A. Hubbell

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

164 Scopus citations


Polyethlene terephthalate films were surface-modified with polyethylene oxide (18 500 g/mol) using a solution technique described previously. These films were investigated for their resistance to bacterial adhesion. Three bacterial strains most commonly associated with implant infections, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, were cultured in tryptic soya broth, human plasma and human serum on the polymeric substrates. Significant reductions (between 70 and 95%) in adherent bacteria were observed on the polyethylene oxide-modified substrates compared to the untreated control polyethylene terephthalate. Surface modification with polyethylene oxide may reduce the risk of implant-associated infections. Plasma fibrinogen was observed to play an important role in the adhesion of all three of these species on both the polyethylene oxide-modified and control polyethylene terephthalate materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-420
Number of pages4
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1992


  • bacterial adhesion
  • Polyethylenes
  • surface treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Surface-immobilized polyethylene oxide for bacterial repellence'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this