Microcellular magnesium alloys for biodegradable orthopaedic implants

Microcellular magnesium alloys for biodegradable orthopaedic implants in collaboration with Katholieke Universitaet Leuven

Karel Lietaert*, Jan Schrooten*, Jan Van Humbeeck*, Ludger Weber, and Andreas Mortensen

This is an informal collaboration, based on the Master’s thesis of Karel Lietart, with colleagues (*) at the Katholieke Universitaet in Leuven towards the exploration of microcellular magnesium alloys for bone replacement implants.

More specifically, we explore the replication processing of microcellular magnesium alloyed (only) with biocompatible alloying elements, and measure their dissolution rates in simulated body fluid together with their compressive mechanical properties. 

A microtomographic view of replicated magnesium