Next Generation Biodegradable Metal Implants developed by ARCI scientists

The scientists of Advanced Research Centre for powder metallurgy and new materials along with Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences (SCTIMST) have developed new biodegradable implant. The implants were developed from Iron-Manganese alloy.


The alloy is highly applicable for making biodegradable orthopedic implant applications and stents. These implants participate in the healing process and gradually degrade maintaining the mechanical integrity. They do not leave out any residues in the human body. They are certainly better alternatives to current implants.


During the degradation process, calcium phosphate deposits on the implants. This is caused due to local alkalization. When the calcium and phosphates getting deposited gets saturated, they allow the cells they allow the cells to form into tissues forming tissues.

Current Implants

The current implants cause long term side effects such as toxicity, thrombosis and chronic inflammation. These side effects are not present in biodegradable implants. The bio degradable materials are iron, zinc and manganese.




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