LipoCoat offers multi-purpose solutions with many beneficial effects. Most coatings are single purpose, whereas LipoCoat can combine several properties into one coating.
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The coating imitates the phospholipid bilayer that surrounds every cell in our body. As such, it is highly biocompatible and does not elicit an inflammatory response.
IThe anti-fouling property is passive; bacteria and proteins simply cannot attach to the surface. This as opposed to most anti-microbial coatings which actively kill bacteria with toxic releases.
Some coatings are prone to flaking- an undesirable effect whereby the coating detaches from the surface, a potential health threat. LipoCoat does not have this disadvantage, moreover it constitutes organic-friendly lipid molecules which can do no harm.
The coating is non-covalently attached to the substrate. Although the coating does not require a curing step, it may- depending on the application, require some surface pre-treatment to provide it with a charge. This can be achieved with oxygen plasma or chemical priming. Subsequently the coating is easily applied by means of ‘dip-coating’; the self-assembly property ensures an evenly spread, 5nm thin layer.
The MPC monomer, developed in Japan is a phosphorylcholine group-based coating solution that resembles LipoCoat. There are, however, important differences to note. LipoCoat is an extremely thin coating that enables a high measure of tuning. Features can be tailored to the customer needs within the same platform.
Fig. mpc monomer