Modification of a cyclo-olefin surface by radio-sterilization: Is there any effect on the interaction with drug solutions?

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A cyclo-olefin copolymer was subjected to an e-beam ionizing treatment. Two doses were studied: one corresponding to the recommended dose for the sterilization of pharmaceutical packaging (25 kGy), and a greater one to enhance the modifications caused by the treatment (150 kGy). The surface modifications were studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), contact angle measurements and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The roughness and the wettability of the surface were enhanced by the treatment. The consequences of the surface modifications on the drug interaction with the polymer were studied.Graphical abstract

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