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Surface Contamination and Biomaterials

  • Buddy D. Ratner

Abstract

Synthetic materials for medical applications (biomaterials) are widely used in the United States today. The types of materials used to fabricate medical implant devices include plastics, elastomers, fibers, metals, carbons, ceramics, glasses, and composites. The extent of the use of synthetics in medicine is emphasized by the numbers of implants itemized in Table 1. Although high success rates are generally realized with these implants, there is much room for improvement. It is reasonable to surmise that an enhanced understanding of the surface of these implants, the region directly interfacing with the body, can lead to improvements in performance of these devices.

Keywords

Contact Angle Glass Surface Silicone Rubber Intraocular Lens Surface Contamination 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Buddy D. Ratner
    • 1
  1. 1.National ESCA and Surface Analysis Center for Biomedical Problems (NESAC/BIO), Center for Bioengineering and Department of Chemical Engineering, BF-10University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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