Alumina Ceramics

Alumina Ceramics

Biomedical and Clinical Applications

1st Edition - October 20, 2018

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  • Author: Andrew Ruys
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081024423
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081024430

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Alumina Ceramics: Biomedical and Clinical Applications examines the extraordinary material, Alumina, and its use in biomedicine and industry. Sections discuss the fundamentals of Alumina Ceramics, look at the various industrial applications, and examine a variety of medical applications. Readers will find this to be an invaluable and unique resource for researchers, clinical professionals, engineers, and advanced level students. Alumina ceramics are a leading biomaterial used for specialist medical applications, such as bionic implants and tissue engineering, and the only biomaterial commercially viable for use as bearings for orthopedic hip replacements. As such, this book is a timely resource on the topics discussed.

Key Features

  • Provides a unique and thorough review of Alumina ceramics
  • Written by one of the world’s leading experts in bioceramics and advanced industrial ceramics, especially alumina
  • Targeted to researchers in the materials, clinical and dental fields
  • Enables the non-expert with an overview of the underlying alumina technology, major challenges, major successes and future directions


Researchers, clinical professionals, engineers, advanced level students

Table of Contents

  • Section 1. Alumina as a Ceramic
    1. Introduction
    2. Bauxite
    3. Refining and Synthesis of Alumina
    4. Properties and Processing of Alumina Ceramics

    Section 2. Alumina in Biomedical Engineering
    5. Overview of Alumina in Biomedical Engineering
    6. Alumina Bearings in Orthopaedics. Origin and Evolution
    7. Alumina Bearings in Orthopaedics. Present and Future
    8. Alumina in Bionic Feedthroughs. The Pacemaker
    9. Alumina in Bionic Feedthroughs. The Bionic Ear
    10. Alumina in Bionic Feedthroughs. The Bionic Eye, and the Future
    11. Alumina in Lightweight Body Armor

    Section 3. Alumina as an Industrial Ceramic
    12. Alumina as an Industrial Wear and Corrosion Resistant Ceramic
    13. Alumina as an Electrical Insulator
    14. Alumina in Electrical Feedthroughs
    15. Alumina: Refractory, and Other Specialised Industrial Uses
    16. Alumina: The Future

Product details

  • No. of pages: 580
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2018
  • Published: October 20, 2018
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081024423
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081024430

About the Author

Andrew Ruys

Professor Ruys was a founding Director of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney, Australia, between 2003 and 2018. He graduated with a BE in Ceramic Engineering in 1987 and a PhD in Ceramic Engineering in 1992 from the University of NSW, Australia. He has worked in bioceramics and advanced ceramics research for over 30 years, and has been an active participant as researcher, educator and industrial consultant for this entire time. He is not only an experienced researcher in bioceramics (ceramics for biomedical applications) but has also been an industrial consultant in the world-changing applications of armor ceramics, advanced ceramics in wear-resistance linings in mineral processing, and numerous other important industrial applications of ceramics. He has published more than 100 journal articles, over 70 conference papers, seven books and has listed 5 patents. He serves on three editorial boards and is a reviewer for 24 scientific journals. He has been teaching bioceramics, biomaterials, and medical device technology for three decades, and has also taught on dental materials, industrial ceramics, chemistry, physics, and general engineering.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Sydney, Australia

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