Articles by Silviya Boyadzhieva in JoVE
Thin Film Composite Silicon Elastomers for Cell Culture and Skin Applications: Manufacturing and Characterization Silviya Boyadzhieva*1,2, Sarah C.L. Fischer*1,2, Svenja Lösch1,3, Angela Rutz1, Eduard Arzt1,2, Klaus Kruttwig1 1INM - Leibniz Institute for New Materials, 2Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Saarland University, 3University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern A protocol for the manufacturing process of polymeric thin film composite structures possessing either different Young's moduli or thicknesses is presented. Films are produced for advanced cell culture studies or as skin adhesives.
Other articles by Silviya Boyadzhieva on PubMed
Adhesion and Relaxation of a Soft Elastomer on Surfaces with Skin Like Roughness Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. | Pubmed ID: 29459289 For designing new skin adhesives, the complex mechanical interaction of soft elastomers with surfaces of various roughnesses needs to be better understood. We systematically studied the effects of a wide set of roughness characteristics, film thickness, hold time and material relaxation on the adhesive behaviour of the silicone elastomer SSA 7-9800 (Dow Corning). As model surfaces, we used epoxy replicas obtained from substrates with roughness ranging from very smooth to skin-like. Our results demonstrate that films of thin and intermediate thickness (60 and 160 µm) adhered best to a sub-micron rough surface, with a pull-off stress of about 50 kPa. Significant variations in pull-off stress and detachment mechanism with roughness and hold time were found. In contrast, 320 µm thick films adhered with lower pull-off stress of about 17 kPa, but were less sensitive to roughness and hold time. It is demonstrated that the adhesion performance of the silicone films to rough surfaces can be tuned by tailoring the film thickness and contact time.