The biocompatibility and corrosion-resistance of 316L stainless steel has been enhanced by a research team at the Institute of Materials and Energy (MERC)
Implants are medical devices used inside of the human body to replace fractured and injured bones. The implants are mainly made of stainless steel.
A research team has used a coating of sol-gel derived nano-hydroxyapatite–polylactic acid (nHA-PLA) thin films on 316L stainless steel followed by continuous CO2 laser treatment. This process has enhanced the biocompatibility and corrosion-resistance leading to a reduction of the side-effects of implants in the human body.
The results of this study were published in the Journal of Surface and Coatings Technology with an impact factor of 2.9.
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