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Advances and Challenges of Alloys Used in Implantables


Zhijun Bai, PhD (Principal Process Engineer, Boston Scientific)

Location: 210C

Date: Tuesday, February 6

Time: 11:00am - 11:45am

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Conference Track: MD&M: Technical Solutions

Vault Recording: TBD

Metallic biomaterials have been widely used to manufacture implantable medical devices in the past decades. These alloys provide appropriate mechanical properties, high corrosion resistance, as well as good biocompatibility. Most implantable alloys are covered by a thin oxide film such as Chromium oxide (SS, CrCo, PtCr) or Titanium oxides (Ti64, Nitinol). These oxides interact with the human body, and play a crucial role for medical device’s biocompatibility while the interactions are not fully understood. This session will discuss advances and developments of implantable alloys/medical devices manufacturing as well as state-of-the-art about surfaces oxides formed on these alloys/devices; meanwhile, we will discuss the interactions between the surface oxides with the human body.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Impact of manufacturing/surface treatments on surface oxides of implantables
  • Surface oxides are dynamic and they are changed by physiological conditions
  • How the long-term performance of surface oxide in the human body will determine the device bicompatibility