Electrophoretic deposition of bioactive and antibacterial coatings on metallic surfaces for drug delivery applications
Supervisors: Zoya Hadzhieva, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini
Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is a method that can be rapidly employed to produce bioactive coatings on suitable surfaces such as biocompatible metals . It can be used to provide antibacterial and cell-growth-inducing properties to metallic implants by creating depositions based on bioactive materials, biopolymers and phytotherapeutic drugs [1,2]. Such multicomponent bioactive coatings can yield advantages against infections, adverse reactions and poor integration of tissue to the implant . This work will follow a multi-layered analysis of different potential coating agents to determine the optimal coating properties in terms of morphology, chemical composition, degradation behavior, bioactivity, cytocompatibility and antibacterial performance.
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