Gaétan Laroche is a professor at the Department of Materials Engineering of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Laval University. He is a member of the Centre de Recherche sur les Matériaux Avancés (CERMA) at Laval University and of Quebec Center on Advanced Materials (QCAM). His research focuses on the surface modification of biomedical materials to improve their biocompatibility. Dr. Laroche is internationally renowned for his work on surface modification of materials that make use of the use of gaseous plasmas. More specifically, he is developing surface modification strategies for vascular and orthopedic biomaterials to improve their biocompatibility. Dr. Laroche was awarded the title of Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE) from the International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering. Engaged both academically and scientifically, Dr. Laroche sat on several scientific research evaluation committees and was a member of the executive committee responsible for organizing the prestigious World Biomaterials Congress held in Montreal in May 2016. He was also awarded the joint prize given by the Club des Ambassadeurs of the Palais des congrès de Montréal and the Fonds de recherche du Québec and was chosen as the personality of the week by Le Soleil / Radio-Canada.
Towards materials with better blood compatibility
Today, cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the world, killing 17 million people a year. For about 1.5 million patients, the best solution is to use a vascular substitute to replace obstructed blood vessels. In this context, Dr. Laroche’s team seeks to develop surface modification strategies for synthetic materials to allow better integration with the physiological medium.
Fighting against infection of orthopedic prostheses infection
Infection is one of the main problems when implanting orthopedic prostheses. The modification of the chemical composition of orthopedic materials makes it possible to improve their interactions with cells of the human body and to actively combat any bacterial colonization.
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Non-woven textiles for medical implants: mechanical performances improvementJournal Article
Biomed Tech (Berl), 2022.
Polyethylene terephthalate textile heart valve: How poly(ethylene glycol) grafting limits fibrosisJournal Article
J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater, 2022.
Hydrogels for mesenchymal stem cell behavior studyBook Chapter
S, Van Vlierberghe; A, Mignon (Ed.): Superabsorbent Polymers: Chemical Design, Processing and Applications, pp. 103-, Boston, MA, Walter De Gruyter GmbH, 2021, ISBN: 9781501519109.
Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy of ethyl lactate decomposition and thin-film coating in a filamentary and a glow dielectric barrier dischargeJournal Article
Plasma Process Polym, 18 (7), 2021.
Response surface methodology as a predictive tool for the fabrication of coatings with optimal anti-fogging performanceJournal Article
Thin Solid Films, 718 , 2021.
Atmospheric-pressure plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition of nanocomposite thin films from ethyl lactate and silica nanoparticlesJournal Article
Plasma Process Polym, 18 (2), 2021.
Rod- and sphere-shaped cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) type -II derived from Asclepias syriaca stem residues: composition, morphology, and thermal propertiesJournal Article
Can J Chem, 99 (3), 2021.
Fibronectin grafting to enhance skin sealing around transcutaneous titanium implantJournal Article
J Biomed Mater Res A, 109 (11), 2021.
Evaluating Poly(Acrylamide-co-Acrylic Acid) Hydrogels Stress Relaxation to Direct the Osteogenic Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem CellsJournal Article
Macromol Biosci, 21 (6), 2021.
A new approach for synthesizing plasmonic polymer nanocomposite thin films by combining a gold salt aerosol and an atmospheric pressure low-temperature plasmaJournal Article
Nanotechnology, 32 (17), 2021.
- A new generation of eco-friendly organic solar cells, from 2022-03-31 to 2024-03-30
- Centre Québécois sur les Matériaux Fonctionnels (CQMF), from 2017-04-01 to 2024-03-31
- Characterization of an industrial plasma process to treat fluoropolymers and polyethylene terephthalate for the solar energy industry, from 2018-01-01 to 2022-12-31
- INNOV phase 1: Couches antibuée déposées par plasma à la pression atmosphérique pour des applications en laparoscopie, from 2022-04-29 to 2023-04-28
- Modification and characterisation or surfaces and plasma processes for biotechnical applications, from 2021-04-01 to 2026-04-01
- Replacement of lead-silver anodes with Ti-based anodes in zinc electrowinning process: (feasibility, coating developement, side effects, performance and energy efficiency), from 2019-01-01 to 2023-03-31
- Stabilisation du bois dans un contexte d'économie circulaire, from 2022-03-31 to 2025-03-30
- Synthèse de revêtements ignifuges sur bois par plasma à la pression atmosphérique, from 2021-04-01 to 2024-03-31
Recently finished projects
- Conjugaison de molécules antivirales à la surface des matériaux: une solution pour limiter la transmission de la COVID-19, from 2020-07-01 to 2021-09-30
- Development of an intraosseous transcutaneous orthopaedic implant (ITAP) resistant to bacteria infections through the combination of passive and active strategies, from 2016-08-01 to 2022-03-31
- Endothelial progenitor cell adhesion to biomimetic vascular substitutes, from 2015-07-01 to 2020-06-30
- Étude de marché - Traitement antibuée par plasma à la pression atmosphérique, from 2020-07-13 to 2021-07-12
- Modification and characterisation or surfaces and plasma processes for biotechnological applications, from 2016-04-01 to 2021-03-31
- Prothèse orthopédique antibactérienne, from 2020-08-03 to 2021-02-28
- Surfaces antibuée à la pression atmosphérique: évaluation de l'applicabilité chez des partenaires industriels, from 2021-01-04 to 2021-07-04
- Ultrasonic-assisted Coating system, from 2021-04-01 to 2022-03-31