Special Issue "Advances in Enhancing Degradation Resistance of Metallic Implants by Surface Engineering"
A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2018)
Assoc. Prof. Bobby Kannan Mathan
In today’s society, the use of metallic implants to assist in the repair or replacement of damaged tissue and bone structure has become very common. There are a wide range of specifically designed devices that are intended to be implanted within the body to assist in healing process. Generally, it is a prerequisite for the implant materials to have high biocompatibility. In addition, it is desirable to have load bearing capacity in order to support the weight of the body during service. These implants can be broadly classified into two categories, i.e., permanent implants and temporary implants. Titanium alloys, cobalt-chrome alloys and stainless steels are the commonly used materials for permanent implants in applications such as hip and long-bone replacements. These materials are designed to have high degradation resistance and good mechanical properties. However, long-term exposure of these metallic materials causes degradation and eventually failure of implants. A significant amount of work has been done to improve the degradation resistance of these materials. Minor factures generally require mini-implants in the form of screws, pins and small plates for bone repair. These implants are only required for a short-period of time, hence, they are termed temporary implants. Use of permanent implant materials for this purpose would require an addition surgery to remove the implants after the healing process. Metallic magnesium is an attractive material for this purpose since it is biocompatible and biodegradable. However, the high degradation rate of magnesium is a major issue. Hence, the research focus has been towards improving the degradation performance of metallic magnesium.
For this Special Issue on “Advances in Enhancing Degradation Resistance of Metallic Implant by Surface Engineering”, we are interested in original and review articles on advanced methods, e.g., surface treatments, ceramic and polymer coatings, and ion implantation, for improving the degradation resistance of metallic biomaterials such as titanium-based alloys, stainless steels, cobalt-chromium, and magnesium alloys.
Prof. Dr. M. Bobby Kannan
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