Paper Title:

Magnesium Alloys as Biodegradable Implants

Periodical Materials Science Forum (Volumes 618 - 619)
Main Theme Light Metals Technology 2009
Edited by M.S. Dargusch & S.M. Keay
Pages 83-86
DOI 10.4028/
Citation M. Bobby Kannan et al., 2009, Materials Science Forum, 618-619, 83
Online since April 2009
Authors M. Bobby Kannan, R.K. Singh Raman
Keywords Biocompatibility, Corrosion, Electrochemistry, Magnesium Alloy
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In this study, an attempt was made to enhance the degradation resistance of magnesium alloys for potential biodegradable implant applications through surface treatment. AZ91 magnesium alloy was taken as the test sample and was alkali-treated for two different periods of time and then the in vitro degradation behaviour of the alloy was studied using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and polarization techniques in simulated body fluid. The study suggests that alkali-treatment reduces the degradation rate in AZ91 magnesium alloy.