Institute of Fundamental Technological Research
Polish Academy of Sciences


M. Szklarska

Recent publications
1.  Golasiński K.M., Detsch R., Szklarska M., Łosiewicz B., Zubko M., Mackiewicz S., Pieczyska E.A., Boccaccini A.R., Evaluation of mechanical properties, in vitro corrosion resistance and biocompatibility of Gum Metal in the context of implant applications, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, ISSN: 1751-6161, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2020.104289, Vol.115, pp.104289-1-11, 2021

In recent decades, several novel Ti alloys have been developed in order to produce improved alternatives to the conventional alloys used in the biomedical industry such as commercially pure titanium or dual phase (alpha and beta) Ti alloys. Gum Metal with the non-toxic composition Ti–36Nb–2Ta–3Zr–0.3O (wt. %) is a relatively new alloy which belongs to the group of metastable beta Ti alloys. In this work, Gum Metal has been assessed in terms of its mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and cell culture response. The performance of Gum Metal was contrasted with that of Ti–6Al–4V ELI (extra-low interstitial) which is commonly used as a material for implants. The advantageous mechanical characteristics of Gum Metal, e.g. a relatively low Young's modulus (below 70 GPa), high strength (over 1000 MPa) and a large range of reversible deformation, that are important in the context of potential implant applications, were confirmed. Moreover, the results of short- and long-term electrochemical characterization of Gum Metal showed high corrosion resistance in Ringer's solution with varied pH. The corrosion resistance of Gum Metal was best in a weak acid environment. Potentiodynamic polarization studies revealed that Gum Metal is significantly less susceptible to pitting corrosion compared to Ti–6Al–4V ELI. The oxide layer on the Gum Metal surface was stable up to 8.5 V. Prior to cell culture, the surface conditions of the samples, such as nanohardness, roughness and chemical composition, were analyzed. Evaluation of the in vitro biocompatibility of the alloys was performed by cell attachment and spreading analysis after incubation for 48 h. Increased in vitro MC3T3-E1 osteoblast viability and proliferation on the Gum Metal samples was observed. Gum Metal presented excellent properties making it a suitable candidate for biomedical applications.

Gum Metal, mechanical behavior, in vitro corrosion resistance, in vitro biocompatibility, implant applications

Golasiński K.M. - IPPT PAN
Detsch R. - Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (DE)
Szklarska M. - other affiliation
Łosiewicz B. - other affiliation
Zubko M. - other affiliation
Mackiewicz S. - IPPT PAN
Pieczyska E.A. - IPPT PAN
Boccaccini A.R. - Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (DE)

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