Morphology transformations of platelets on plasma activated surfaces

Martina Modic*, Ita Junkar, Karin Stana-Kleinschek, Rok Kostanjšek, Miran Mozetič

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Improved hemocompatibility from the perspective of platelets adhesion and activation on polyethylene terephthalate surfaces has been addressed. The activation stage of platelets has been determined from their size and morphology using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The activation of platelets on untreated polymer materials was very intensive. Polymer materials were treated with weakly ionized oxygen plasma in order to repel platelet adhesion. Already short treatment times (3s) showed significant reduction of the total number and of highly activated forms of adhered platelets. Possible mechanisms of different behaviour of blood platelets on plasma treated polymer were discussed in terms of surface adhesion and changes in morphology. RF oxygen plasma treatment is used for surface modification of polyethylene terephthalate polymer surface. Newly acquired surface properties analyzed with XPS, WCA, and AFM show significant improvement of hemocompatibility. In contact with whole human blood, SEM images revealed reduced number of activated adhered platelets on the surface of plasma treated polymer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)596-605
Number of pages10
JournalPlasma Processes and Polymers
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • biocompatibility
  • cardiovascular implants
  • platelet activation
  • polymer surface
  • weakly ionized oxygen plasma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Polymers and Plastics

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