Buckypaper (BP) is the general definition of a macroscopic assembly of entangled carbon nanotubes. In this paper a new property of a BP film produced from oxidized multi-wall carbon nanotubes was investigated. In particular, BP shows to be able to promptly and strongly adhere to animal internal soft and wet tissues, as evaluated by peeling and shear tests. BP adhesion strength is higher than that recorded for a commercial prosthetic fabric (sealed to the tissue by fibrin glue) and comparable with that of other reported optimized nano-patterned surfaces. In order to give an interpretation of the observed behavior, the BP composition, morphology, porosity, water wettability and mechanical properties were analyzed by AFM, Xray photoelectron spectroscopy, wicking tests, contact angle and stress-strain measurements. Although further investigations are needed to assess the biocompatibility and safety of the BP film used in this work, the obtained results pave the way for a possible future use of buckypaper as adhesive tape in abdominal prosthetic surgery. This would allow the substitution of conventional sealants or the reduction in the use of perforating fixation.
Wet adhesion of buckypaper produced from oxidized multi-wall carbon nanotubes on soft animal tissue / Martinelli, Andrea; Carru, Giovanna Angela; D'Ilario, Lucio; Caprioli, Fabrizio; Chiaretti, Massimo; Crisante, Fernanda; Francolini, Iolanda; Piozzi, Antonella. - In: ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. - ISSN 1944-8244. - STAMPA. - 5:10(2013), pp. 4340-4349. [10.1021/am400543s]