Special Issue "Biomaterials Surface Integrity"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomolecular Crystals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Nicolas Lebon
Guest Editor
Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, Unité de Recherche Biomatériaux Innovants et Interfaces, URB2I, UR 4462, F-93000, Bobigny, France, Université de Paris, F-92120, Montrouge
Interests: surface integrity; roughness; milling; dental biomaterials; CAD/CAM
Dr. Laurent Tapie
Guest Editor
Senior Lecturer, Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, Unité de Recherche Biomatériaux Innovants et Interfaces, URB2I, UR 4462, F-93000, Bobigny, France, Université de Paris, F-92120 Montrouge, France
Interests: dental biomaterials; bio-inspired materials; CAD/CAM; machining; additive manufacturing
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays prostheses intended for biomedical use are manufactured by various processes such as machining, 3D printing, molding, forging, etc.  All these manufacturing processes generate a characteristic “imprint” on the prosthesis shape called surface integrity. The concept of surface integrity represents a new and preferential approach to characterize the biomaterials surface and sub-surface properties regard to the functional requirement of prosthesis. Surface integrity analysis provides a comprehensive evaluation of the surface and its impact on the performance of the prosthesis. The concept of surface integrity is made up several components such as roughness, dislocations, porosity, electrical conductivity, wettability, etc. However, the integrity of the surface obtained, which must be suitable to meet expected clinical requirements (mechanical properties, optical properties, thermal properties, electrical properties, chemical properties, etc.) is influenced by the manufacturing process parameters used. To assess surface integrity, a lot of characterization techniques are available depending on the observation scales including, but not limited to spectroscopy, optical imaging methods, nanoindentation, magnetic property measurements, roughness measurements, and X-Ray inspection. Surface integrity is a fundamental concept in engineering and gives an invaluable source of information about the surface characsteritics and its ability to meet the clinical functional specifications.

Dr. Nicolas Lebon
Dr. Laurent Tapie
Guest Editors

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  • Prosthesis
  • Implantable medical device
  • Surface engineering
  • Surface integrity
  • Surface properties and function
  • Clinical and biological surface requirements
  • Biomaterial surface
  • Surface processes
  • Surface characterization techniques
  • Surface metrology

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