Topic Title: Characterization of Biodegradable Medical Materials
Manuscript Submission Deadline:
August 01, 2018
Sponsored By: Materials Characterization Committee
Publication Date: January 2019
Keywords: Advanced Materials,Alloy Phases,Biomaterials,Characterization,Composites,Ceramics,Fundamentals,Intermetallics,Lightweight Materials,Other Nonferrous,Physical Properties
Scope: The search continues for suitable bioabsorbable metallic materials that could replace materials used for permanent implants. Mg-, Fe-, and Zn-based alloys are currently pursued in designing biodegradable implants. Unfortunately, present in vitro characterization methods for biomaterial assessment are unable to predict the in vivo degradation behavior and rates, critical for developing biodegradable implants. This special topic intends to summarize challenges, and provide insight into new developments, in characterization methods applicable to biodegradable medical materials.