Chapter 13

Molecular Engineering of Cell and Tissue Surfaces with Polymer Thin Films

John T. Wilson1 and Elliot L. Chaikof2,    1Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA,    2Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA; Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Wyss Institute for Biological Inspired Engineering of Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Engineering of polymer thin films has long provided a powerful approach for exquisitely controlling the interfacial properties of diverse materials, and, hence, offers enormous potential as a tool for cell surface engineering. However, most conventional film fabrication methods and polymeric constituents impose a number ...

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