Metals for Biomedical Devices

Metals for Biomedical Devices

1st Edition - March 31, 2010

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  • Editor: Mitsuo Niinomi
  • eBook ISBN: 9781845699246

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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

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.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 432
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2010
  • Published: March 31, 2010
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781845699246

About the Editor

Mitsuo Niinomi

Dr Mitsuo Niinomi received his PhD from Nagoya University in 1980. From 1980 to 2005, he was a research associate, Associate Professor, and Professor at Toyohashi University of Technology. In 2005, he moved to the Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University as a Professor. In 2009 he then went on to serve as Director of the Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University. In addition, he has been named an Honorary Professor at Tianjin University (China), Specially Appointed Professor at Osaka University and Meijo University, and Visiting Professor at Nagoya University since 2016. Since 2018 Dr. Niinomi has been an Honorary Professor at North Easter University (China). Dr. Niinomi is currently Professor Emeritus of Tohoku University and runs the Niinomi research group, which specializes in metallic biomaterials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus of Tohoku University. Niinomi Research Group

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