Acta Biomaterialia Special Issue on Biodegradable Metals

10th BIOMETAL2018 - International Sympsoium on Biodegradable Metals

Biodegradable metals constitute a new class of metallic biomaterials. Based on Magnesium, Iron, Zinc and their alloys, biodegradable metals (named absorbable metals in ASTM and ISO standards), are biomaterials that are expected to fulfill their function until the tissue is healed, and then step away, breaking the paradigm that a metallic implant must be corrosion-resistant. Depending on their implantation site and their clinical applications, the metal/alloy and its processing have to be engineered. Degradable metal implants have been successfully adopted in orthopedic procedures and as cardiac stents. Their potential is of particular interest in applications related to congenital diseases in newborn babies, neurology, dentistry, and urology.

We have focused this special issue of Acta Biomaterialia on metal development, corrosion and in vitro studies in this fast-growing field. We solicited contributions to this special issue from various tracks of the 10th International Symposium on Biodegradable Metals for Biomedical Applications (BIOMETAL 2018), which was held at the University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Orthopedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, from August 26 to 31, 2018. This symposium, in its 10th edition, is an Advanced Study Experience, where scientists, students, and participants from across industry and regulatory bodies, as well as clinicians, meet annually in a relaxed atmosphere, fostering networking and scientific exchange.

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