United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northen Ireland
Luleå University of Technology
WEAR PARTICLE CHARACTERISATION AND BIOCOMPATIBILITY OF NEWLY 3D PRINTED SELFLUBRICATING POLYMER COMPOSITES IN TOTAL JOINT REPLACEMENTS
My name is Ben Clegg, I am from the United Kingdom, and I am working at Luleå University of Technology. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people in the United States have arthritis. This is a deteriorating joint disease that causes wear and tear in our joints. In the worst cases, this can cause great pain and the joint needs to be replaced. The aim of this project is to ensure that joint replacements are biologically safe when they are implanted into patients, specifically the polymers that act as the natural cartilage in these implants. This will be done using state of the art simulators and biological labs. To ensure that these implants are safe to put in the body, this project aims to investigate the performance of the materials before they are implanted. An important aspect of this project is to ensure that the materials are biologically comparable, do not cause harm to the patient, and possibly even encourage the growth of natural bone tissue.