Metals for Biomedical Devices - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781845694340, 9781845699246

Metals for Biomedical Devices

1st Edition

Editors: Mitsuo Niinomi
Hardcover ISBN: 9781845694340
eBook ISBN: 9781845699246
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 31st March 2010
Page Count: 432
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Table of Contents

Part 1 General introduction: Overview of metals and biomedical applications; Metal selection for biomedical devices. Part 2 Mechanical behaviour, degradation and testing of metals for biomedical devices: Mechanical properties of metallic biomaterials; Corrosion of metallic biomaterials; Fatigue and failure of metallic biomaterials; Mechanical testing of metallic biomaterials; Tribology and tribo-corrosion testing and analysis of metallic biomaterials; Biocompatibility and fabrication of in situ bioceramic coating/titanium alloy biocomposites. Part 3 Processing metals for biomedical applications: Forging metals and alloys for biomedical applications; Surface treatment of metallic biomaterials; Coatings for metallic biomaterials; Biocompatible polymer assembly on metal surfaces; Sterilisation and cleaning of metallic biomaterials. Part 4 Specific applications of metals for biomedical devices: Orthopaedic applications of metallic biomaterials; New generation metallic biomaterials; Degradable metallic biomaterials for cardiovascular applications.


Despite recent advances in medical devices using other materials, metallic implants are still one of the most commercially significant sectors of the industry. Given the widespread use of metals in medical devices, it is vital that the fundamentals and behaviour of this material are understood. Metals in biomedical devices reviews the latest techniques in metal processing methods and the behaviour of this important material.

Initial chapters review the current status and selection of metals for biomedical devices. Chapters in part two discuss the mechanical behaviour, degradation and testing of metals with specific chapters on corrosion, wear testing and biocompatibility of biomaterials. Part three covers the processing of metals for biomedical applications with chapters on such topics as forging metals and alloys, surface treatment, coatings and sterilisation. Chapters in the final section discuss clinical applications of metals such as cardiovascular, orthopaedic and new generation biomaterials.

With its distinguished editor and team of expert contributors, Metals for biomedical devices is a standard reference for materials scientists, researchers and engineers working in the medical devices industry and academia.

Key Features

  • Reviews the latest techniques in metal processing methods including surface treatment and sterilisation
  • Examines metal selection for biomedical devices considering biocompatibility of various metals
  • Assesses mechanical behaviour and testing of metals featuring corrosion, fatigue and wear


Academics; Materials scientists, researchers and engineers working in the medical devices industry


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About the Editors

Mitsuo Niinomi Editor

Dr Mitsuo Niinomi is Professor of Department of Biomaterials Science, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Japan. Dr Niinomi is highly regarded for running the Niinomi Lab which specialises in metallic biomaterials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Tohoku University, Japan