Medical applications

The growth in the medical technology sector is being accompanied by a great variety of innovations. The development of new products and medical equipment is often based on sophisticated starting materials.

At Fraunhofer FEP we have been developing technologies for modifying and coating surfaces for many years. Today, this expertise is allowing us to apply biofunctional coatings to surfaces and to customize surface properties. We are increasingly using this know-how for medical technology, for example to functionalize dressing material, or to improve the biocompatibility of implants.

The treatment of medical products with low energy electrons has, in addition, proved to be an effective method for germ reduction and the sterilization of packaging, implants, and medical equipment.

In our biomedical laboratory unit we can directly test the treated surfaces for their biocompatibility, and we can quantify the effect of electron beam or plasma surface treatment.

We are looking forward to evaluate the possibilities our technologies can optimize your surfaces for the contact with biological media.

Biofunctional surfaces

  • antibacterial surfaces
  • biocompatible surfaces

Processing medical devices

  • electron beam welding of implants, instruments, sensors
  • modification of hollow fibers for dialysis
  • perforation of polymer films
  • production of particles and coated particles in fluidized bed plants

Coatings for medical-technical devices

  • optical layers for endoscopy
  • optical filter layers for fluorescence measurements
    (e.g. for lab-on-a-chip applications)

Sterilization / germ reduction

  • electron beam sterilization of pharmaceutical packaging, implants, medical instruments
  • inactivation of liquid pharmaceutical waste
  • low-germ surfaces for hospital and healthcare fittings, medical equipment, auxiliary equipment
  • component cleaning with liquid media (consultancy, analysis)

Key components

  • electron beam sources for high-performance computer tomography
  • magnetron sputtering sources for coating processes
  • plasma sources for surface treatment