Patterned Polymer Surfaces

Joerg Lahann

Professor of Chemical Engineering

3414 GG Brown
T: (734) 763-7543






We are currently developing a novel class of polymers with potential for biomimetic and spatially directed surface engineering. This Òreactive coatingÓ technology uses chemical vapor deposition (CVD) polymerization to deposit a wide range of chemical signatures on various substrate materials. Its simplicity in providing chemically reactive groups and its applicability to three-dimensional geometries (e.g., for microfluidics) enables the exact tailoring of surface properties and the preparation of biologically relevant microenvironments. Reactive coatings are compatible with soft lithographic processes, allowing for patterning of proteins, DNA, cytokines, and mammalian cells.