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Understanding the effects of surface roughness and topology of zinc on biological cell function
thesisposted on 2022-03-28, 03:02 authored by Kieran Lapidge
One significant research area in the rapidly advancing medical industry is the suitability of various materials for biodegradable bone implants. Amongst biodegradable solutions, zinc has seen an increased interest as it has displayed potential to be more suitable over common current materials such as magnesium. For this notion to progress, research must be done into how the surface conditions of zinc metal affects the biological cellular function in which it is to be applied. This project will see how changing the roughness and topology of zinc's surface can optimise its suitability for bone implants. The project yielded inconclusive results, showing that there is still much research to be done in this area in order to understand just how zinc may be applied to bone implantation.