Cost reduction and improvement of the quality of life is a major issue in health care. This challenge can be tackled by intelligent biomaterials and smart implants which are resorbed by the body upon remodelling of the tissue: What is possible for polymer materials should also be realized for biodegradable metallic materials. MagnIM will train 12 PhD students to contribute to this demanding aims by the development of new aluminium free Mg implant materials with tailored properties specific for a bone related application especially in children. To reach this goal carefully selected materials and processing routes will be combined with a comprehensive research to elucidate the correlation between microstructure and corrosion processes. This will be monitored in vitro and in vivo. The ultimate goal will be a prototype implant the design of which is based on the achievements in this network.
MagnIM brings together world leading scientists from various research fields: Material scientists and engineers who develop new alloys with tailored properties for biomedical applications and medical scientists and biologists researching on macro- and microscopically changes in bones and bone cells with in vitro and in vivo methods.
MagnIM collectively covers basically all aspects, the instrumental techniques and approaches necessary to tackle successfully the challenge to understand, and ultimately control, interactions at the material – bone interface. The full achievements of this research are gained because we cover the full value chain from fundamental engineering research towards hospitals and in vivo studies and implant production.
Institut für Werkstoffforschung, Abteilung "Strukturforschung an Makromolekülen"
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