|About this Abstract
||Materials Science & Technology 2020
||Next Generation Biomaterials
||Diamond-like Carbon Thin Films for an Improved Surgical Field of View
||Anna Bull, Jackson Mayfield, Adam Evans, Russell Lee Leonard, Jacqueline Johnson
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
The purpose of this research is to develop a coating for laparoscope lenses with the ability to overcome current fogging and contamination difficulties, allowing a clear field of view during surgery. Diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings can be used to enhance the performance of the lenses due to their anti-fogging and anti-fouling characteristics. These properties are desirable, as they eliminate the need for intra-operative cleaning; the scratch-resistant nature of DLC provides additional benefits. The DLC films were produced by pulsed laser deposition, with dopants such as silicon and oxygen added to enhance their favorable properties. The films were characterized to determine water contact angle, surface energy, transparency, and scratch resistance, among other things. The biocompatibility of these films was analyzed through MTT assays and additional methods to ensure safe insertion into the human body. These thin films are an attractive method for achieving effective, long-lasting anti-fogging, anti-fouling coatings in medical applications.
||Planned: Other (journal publication, etc.; describe below)