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Surface Modifications for Implants Lifetime extension: An Overview of Sol-Gel Coatings

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School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
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Department of Engineering, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, via Roma 29, 81031 Aversa (CE), Italy
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Coatings 2020, 10(6), 589; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings10060589
Received: 27 May 2020 / Revised: 19 June 2020 / Accepted: 23 June 2020 / Published: 24 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Design of Functional Coatings by Chemical Methods)
The limited lifetime of implants entails having patients undergo replacement surgeries, several times throughout life in young patients, with significant risks for them and extensive cost for healthcare service. The overcoming of such inconvenience is still today a hard challenge for the scholars of the biomedical and biomaterial fields. The improvement of the currently employed implants through surface modification by coatings application is the main strategy proposed to avoid implants failure, and the sol-gel coating is an ideal technology to achieve this goal. Therefore, the present review aims to provide an overview of the most important problems leading to implant failure, the sol-gel coating technology, and its use as a strategy to overcome such issues. View Full-Text
Keywords: implants lifetime; surface modification; sol-gel method; sol-gel coatings implants lifetime; surface modification; sol-gel method; sol-gel coatings
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Tranquillo, E.; Bollino, F. Surface Modifications for Implants Lifetime extension: An Overview of Sol-Gel Coatings. Coatings 2020, 10, 589.

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