RSC Advances is delighted to announce a new themed collection titled ‘Nano and microscale modifications of biomaterials’. This collection is Guest Edited by Professor Andrzej Zeliński (Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland) and Professor Beata Majkowska-Marzec (Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland).
The rapid development of research in biomaterials in recent years can be noticed. On the other side, even obtaining a new or improved biomaterial, or a novel fabrication method, is a difficult task, and as a rule, such materials must be created and possess specific properties. The bulk properties determine some mechanical and some physical properties, but also an interface between a biomaterial and a human environment, bones, and tissue, decides on biocompatibility, adhesion between an implant and a tissue, surface hardness, and Young`s modulus, and most importantly, bioactivity and cytotoxicity. Therefore, the role of the surface is the most important among all considered features of the biomaterial.
This themed collection in RSC Advances aims to demonstrate the most recent advances in nano and micro-scale modifications of biomaterials. Such surface treatments can be performed by several techniques such as fine polishing, acidic and alkaline etching, anodic and micro-arc oxidation, and ion bombardment of the surface outer layer, and as numerous ceramic, polymer, metallic, and in particular composite coatings. Each of them can possess different microstructure, thickness, adhesion, wettability, corrosion behaviour, bioactivity, cytotoxicity, and antibacterial efficiency, depending on process parameters. It is already proven that the most important features are microstructure and topography, in nano and micro dimensions, and chemical and phase compositions of the surface layer and deposits. Therefore, research progress in this specific field can be highly diverse, as demonstrated by recent literature. In this special issue the emphasis is placed on the demonstration of links between nano and micro-scale surface modifications, and their effects on mechanical, chemical, physical, and biological properties.
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