A bioinspired omniphobic surface coating on medical devices prevents thrombosis and biofouling. Academic Article uri icon


  • Thrombosis and biofouling of extracorporeal circuits and indwelling medical devices cause significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. We apply a bioinspired, omniphobic coating to tubing and catheters and show that it completely repels blood and suppresses biofilm formation. The coating is a covalently tethered, flexible molecular layer of perfluorocarbon, which holds a thin liquid film of medical-grade perfluorocarbon on the surface. This coating prevents fibrin attachment, reduces platelet adhesion and activation, suppresses biofilm formation and is stable under blood flow in vitro. Surface-coated medical-grade tubing and catheters, assembled into arteriovenous shunts and implanted in pigs, remain patent for at least 8 h without anticoagulation. This surface-coating technology could reduce the use of anticoagulants in patients and help to prevent thrombotic occlusion and biofouling of medical devices.

published proceedings

  • Nat Biotechnol

author list (cited authors)

  • Leslie, D. C., Waterhouse, A., Berthet, J. B., Valentin, T. M., Watters, A. L., Jain, A., ... Ingber, D. E.

complete list of authors

  • Leslie, Daniel C||Waterhouse, Anna||Berthet, Julia B||Valentin, Thomas M||Watters, Alexander L||Jain, Abhishek||Kim, Philseok||Hatton, Benjamin D||Nedder, Arthur||Donovan, Kathryn||Super, Elana H||Howell, Caitlin||Johnson, Christopher P||Vu, Thy L||Bolgen, Dana E||Rifai, Sami||Hansen, Anne R||Aizenberg, Michael||Super, Michael||Aizenberg, Joanna||Ingber, Donald E

publication date

  • January 1, 2014 11:11 AM