BORG Peptide Solid Surface Interface

Principal Scientists on the BORG Peptide Solid Surface Interface project.

Arch has developed a group of novel synthetic peptides and peptide conjugates that employ a novel chemistry (non-toxic, and environmentally friendly process) to react with solid surfaces such as metals, and plastics to generate new materials that display new surface properties.

Borg Peptide Covering Stainless Steel as seen through an Electron Microscope:

This photo shows an AUGER scanning electron microscope image of borg-stainless steel which highlights the distribution of the Borg peptide on the stainless steel surface.  The peptide is imaged specifically through its nitrogen content and appears red in the image on a dark background (the steel surface which does not contain nitrogen).  Unless imaged in this manner the stainless steel appears identical to unmodified stainless steel.

Arch is currently developing this technology in 3 discrete applications areas:

  1. Industrial Applications:
    • Increase surface hardness and stiffness of metals
    • Reduction of corrosion of metals (both chemical or environmental surface corrosive process and reduction of biofilm or bacterial mediated corrosion process)
    • Reduction of surface friction properties of metal surfaces (e.g., pipes for increased flow rates and lower pumping costs)
  2. Medical and Life sciences
    • Improve biocompatibility of medical devices (e.g., reduction of protein adsorption and decreased inflammatory responses to implants, and improved implant integration)
    • Inhibit bacterial attachment to surfaces (reduction of foreign body infections, reduction of risk of catheter associated infections, reduction of ventilator associated pneumonia risk in ICU patients)
  3. Nano Electronic applications
    • Modulation of surface electrical properties
    • Fabrication and integration of bio-molecules with electronic systems or sensors
    • Nano and micro-engineering fabrication applications