Chemical Immersion Coatings to Improve Biological Degradability of Magnesium Substrates for Potential Orthopaedic Applications
International Journal of Biomedical Materials Research
Volume 2, Issue 2, April 2014, Pages: 7-14
Received: Aug. 28, 2014; Accepted: Sep. 11, 2014; Published: Sep. 30, 2014
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Sridevi Brundavanam, Murdoch Applied Nanotechnology Research Group, Department of Physics, Energy Studies and Nanotechnology, School of Engineering and Energy, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia 6150, Australia
Gérrard Eddy Jai Poinern, Murdoch Applied Nanotechnology Research Group, Department of Physics, Energy Studies and Nanotechnology, School of Engineering and Energy, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia 6150, Australia
Derek Fawcett, Murdoch Applied Nanotechnology Research Group, Department of Physics, Energy Studies and Nanotechnology, School of Engineering and Energy, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia 6150, Australia
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Historically, cobalt-chromium, stainless steel and titanium alloys have been the main principal materials used in a variety of medical procedures for load-bearing implants in the body. Magnesium and magnesium-based alloys have the potential to be used as short-term structural support during the healing process of damaged hard tissues and diseased bone. Unlike traditional biologically compatible metals, which are not biologically degradable, magnesium based alloys offer both biological degradability and biological absorbability. Despite the many advantages offered by magnesium, its rapid degradation rate in the highly aggressive and corrosive body fluid environment has severely limited its present day medical application. This article reviews the chemical immersion technique for producing calcium phosphate coatings on magnesium substrates for slowing down the degradation rate while maintaining the biological compatibility and absorbability.
Magnesium, Biodegradability, Chemical Immersion, Bone Tissue Engineering
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Sridevi Brundavanam, Gérrard Eddy Jai Poinern, Derek Fawcett, Chemical Immersion Coatings to Improve Biological Degradability of Magnesium Substrates for Potential Orthopaedic Applications, International Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Vol. 2, No. 2, 2014, pp. 7-14. doi: 10.11648/j.ijbmr.20140202.11
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