Title: Review: titanium and titanium alloy applications in medicine

Authors: Matej Balazic, Januz Kopac, Mark J. Jackson, Waqar Ahmed

Addresses: Machining Laboratory, Department of Machining Technology Management, University of Ljubljana, Askerceva 6, Ljubljana SI-1000, Slovenia. ' Machining Laboratory, Department of Machining Technology Management, University of Ljubljana, Askerceva 6, Ljubljana SI-1000, Slovenia. ' MET, College of Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA. ' School of Computing, Technology and Physical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE, UK

Abstract: Titanium may be considered a relatively new engineering material. It was discovered much later than the other commonly used metals, its commercial application starting in the late 1940s. Its usage as an implant material began in the 1960s, despite the fact that titanium exhibits superior corrosion resistance and tissue acceptance when compared with stainless steels and Cr-Co-based alloys. This paper reviews the use of titanium and titanium alloys for use in biomedical applications.

Keywords: titanium; titanium alloys; biomedical materials; biomaterials.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNBM.2007.016517

International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials, 2007 Vol.1 No.1, pp.3 - 34

Available online: 07 Jan 2008 *

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