Metals for biomedical engineering
Degradable magnesium alloys as well as permanent implants of Ti alloys are only two examples of materials specifically enhanced for applications in biomedicine. Here, research work is focussing on functionalising surfaces to improve cell and protein adhesion as well as developing biocompatible, corrosion-optimized alloys. A basic understanding of interfacial reactions in complex organic and inorganic electrolyte systems serves as the basis for further developing so-called “artificial simulated body fluids” for in-vitro testing methods. In this way, material behaviour can be simulated, particularly with regard to corrosion.