This course is intended to give students the knowledge necessary to change the surfaces of various materials in order to increase their activity, control their energy and hydrophobicity. The students will also have an overview of the applications of the hitherto modified materials in important areas such as electronics and medicine.
Surface modification by chemical, physical and biological processes. Plasma-induced modification. Modification of surfaces by graft copolymerisation, immobilisation of biological compounds and curing. Surface modification by silanisation and the sol-gel process.
Nanotechnology in surface modification.
The importance of the modified materials in important areas such as chromatographic analysis, biotechnology, medicine, electronics, computer science and aeronautics. Surface characterisation by XPS, SEM, determination of surface energy and FTIR.
Physics and Biochemistry
Generic skills to reach
. Competence in analysis and synthesis; . Competence to solve problems; . Competence in autonomous learning; . Professional ambition; . Self-criticism and self-evaluation; . Competence in oral and written communication; . Knowledge of a foreign language; . Competence for working in group; . Competence to communicate with people who are not experts in the field; . Initiative and entrepreneurial spirit; (by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
total of teaching hours
Sseminar or study visit
Laboratory or field work
Bibliography of reference
Buddy D.Ratner, Allan S.Hoffman, Biomaterials Science. An Introduction to Materials in Medicine,2004
Frederick H.Silver, Biomaterials Science and Biocompatibility, 1999
K.L.Mittal, Polymer Surface Modification: Relevance to Adhesion,1996
Presentation of theoretical concepts, methodologies to approach topics in this area, and some practical examples.
Presentation of case studies and discussion of more complex problems with students organised into groups.
- Sala equipada com meios audiovisuais - Sala com recursos computacionais e acesso a Internet