Electrophoretic deposition of bioactive composite coatings with drug delivery capability
Supervisors: Zoya Hadzhieva, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini
Titanium is frequently used as implant material due to its biocompatibility, corrosion resistance and advantageous fatigue strength . However, Ti has no bioactive impact in the human body, leading to insufficient tissue integration and potential implant loosening. In addition, postoperative bacterial infections still remain one of the major causes for implant failure. Therefore, the current project focuses on the development of bioactive and antibacterial drug-eluting coatings based on bioactive glass nanoparticles and biopolymers on titanium by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). In order to achieve a precise control over the drug release kinetics, pre-assembled polymer nanocarriers will be introduced in the coating matrix [2, 3]. The EPD parameters will be optimized via statistical analysis tools, while the final coatings will be characterized regarding their morphology, chemical composition, drug-release capability and degradation behavior.
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