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In shape-memory polymers, changes in shape are mostly induced by heating, and exceeding a specific switching temperature, T(switch). If polymers cannot be warmed up by heat transfer using a hot liquid or gaseous medium, noncontact triggering will be required. In this article, the magnetically induced shape-memory effect of composites from magnetic(More)
Allylamine was plasma polymerised onto a polyester (PET) membrane to obtain a surface with good cell adhesive properties. Samples were coated using a microwave plasma source operating at different process parameters. The effect of process parameters on the physical, and chemical properties of plasma-polymerised-allylamine (PPAa) was evaluated by studying(More)
The processing of polymers for blood contacting devices can have a major influence on surface properties. In this study, we fabricated poly(ether imide) (PEI) membranes and films to investigate the effects of the processing on physicochemical surface properties by atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy, contact angle as well as zeta(More)
A hollow fiber-in-fiber-based bioreactor system was tested for the applicability to host kidney epithelial cells as a model system for a bioartificial kidney. Hollow fibers were prepared from polyacrylonitrile (PAN), polysulfone-polyvinylpyrollidinone (PVP) blend (PSU) and poly(acrylonitrile-N-vinylpyrollidinone) copolymer P(AN-NVP). Hollow fibers with(More)
The microwave plasma surface modification of silicone elastomer with allylamine was studied to improve the biocompatibility of the material. An effort was made to clarify the relationships among plasma conditions and surface chemical composition, physical surface properties and biocompatibility of material, as well as the stability of plasma deposited(More)
On-line plasmapheresis using microporous membranes for filtration normally requires two external circulations (double treatment) before the detoxified plasma can be returned to the patient. The duomodule, a new filter arrangement developed by our group, integrates both steps in one equipment module using only one external circuit. Separations of aqueous(More)
Despite medical achievements, the number of patients with end-stage kidney disease keeps steadily raising, thereby entailing a high number of surgical and interventional procedures to establish and maintain arteriovenous vascular access for hemodialysis. Due to vascular disease, aneurysms or infection, the preferred access-an autogenous arteriovenous(More)
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