A negative ion beam modification of the biocompatibility of polystyrene surface was investigated for the artificial formation of neuron network in culture with respect to negative ion species. Negative ions of silver, copper or carbon were implanted in nontreated polystyrene (NTPS) dishes at conditions of 20 keV and 3×1015 ions/cm2 through a mask with many slits of 60 μm in width. For the surface wettability, the contact angle of ion-implanted NTPS was about 75° for silver-negative ions, which was lower than 86° of the original NTPS. For carbon implantation, on the contrary, the contact angles did not change from the original value. In culture experiment using neuron cells of PC-12h (rat adrenal pheochromocytoma), the cells cultured with serum medium in two days showed the cell attachment and growth in number only at the ion-implanted region on NTPS for all ion species. In another two days in culture with nonserum medium including a nerve growth factor, the outgrowth of neural protrusions was also observed only at the ion-implanted region for all ion species. There was a difference in number of attached cells for ion species. The silver-negative ion-implanted NTPS had a large effect for cell attachment compared with other two ion species. This reason is considered to be due to the lowest contract angles among them. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.