Materials Surface Effects on Biological Interactions

  • Josep A. PlanellEmail author
  • Melba Navarro
  • George Altankov
  • Conrado Aparicio
  • Elisabeth Engel
  • Javier Gil
  • Maria Pau Ginebra
  • Damien Lacroix
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series A: Chemistry and Biology book series (NAPSA)


At present it is well accepted that different surface properties play a strong role in the interaction between synthetic materials and biological entities. Surface properties such as surface energy, topography, surface chemistry and crystallinity affect the protein adsorption mechanisms as well as cell behaviour in terms of attachment, proliferation and differentiation. The aim of this chapter is to show the most relevant processes and interactions that take place during the first stages of contact between the material and the physiological environment. Some examples show that the modification of different biomaterials surfaces affects both protein adsorption and cell behaviour.


Surface properties Topography Surface chemistry Cell–material interactions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Josep A. Planell
    • 1
    Email author
  • Melba Navarro
  • George Altankov
  • Conrado Aparicio
    • 1
  • Elisabeth Engel
    • 1
  • Javier Gil
    • 1
  • Maria Pau Ginebra
    • 1
  • Damien Lacroix
  1. 1.Technical Univerity of Catalonia (UPC)BarcelonaSpain

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