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Three-dimensional structure of laser-modified Ti6Al4V and bone interface revealed with STEM tomography
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Applied Materials Sciences. (Materials in Medicine)
Dept of Biomaterials, Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, Göteborg.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Applied Materials Sciences.
2013 (English)In: Ultramicroscopy, ISSN 0304-3991, E-ISSN 1879-2723, Vol. 127, 48-52 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The early interaction between an implant's surface and bone is a leading factor for implant success, where multiple surface properties contribute to improved bone anchorage. An important parameter is surface topography, both on the micron and nanoscale. Laser-modification has been performed in the thread valleys of Ti6Al4V screws to alter their surface chemistry and topography to form a nanostructured surface titanium-dioxide. Implants were placed in the rabbit tibia, removed with surrounding bone after 8 weeks, fixated, dried and resin embedded. Focused ion beam milling (FIB) was used to prepare specimens from the resin blocks for transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Z-contrast electron tomography offered the possibility to explore the interfacial structure with high-resolution in three-dimensions. With this technique, collagen fibers of the surrounding bone appear to have been laid down parallel to the implant surface. Accordingly, visualization of the laser-modified interface with nanoscale three-dimensional resolution, as offered by Z-contrast electron tomography, gives new insights into bone bonding mechanisms between roughened titanium-dioxide surfaces and bone.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 127, 48-52 p.
National Category
Materials Engineering
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Materials Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-179312DOI: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2012.07.007ISI: 000316659100008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-179312DiVA: diva2:544158
Available from: 2012-08-13 Created: 2012-08-13 Last updated: 2013-04-29Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Nanoscale Osseointegration: Characterization of Biomaterials and their Interfaces with Electron Tomography
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nanoscale Osseointegration: Characterization of Biomaterials and their Interfaces with Electron Tomography
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Bone response is one of the key determining factors in the overall success of biomaterials intended for bone regeneration and osseointegration. Understanding the formation of bone at an implant surface may lead to the improved design of biomaterials for the future. However, due to the inhomogeneity of bone tissue at an interface, two-dimensional images often lack detail on the interfacial complexity. Furthermore, the increasing use of nanotechnology in the design and production of biomaterials demands characterization techniques on a similar nano length scale.

While current analysis methods, such as X-ray tomography, transmission electron microscopy, focused ion beam microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, provide a basis for analysing biomaterials and biointerfaces, they are incapable of doing so with both nanometre resolution and three-dimensional clarity. In contrast, electron tomography may be used to characterize the three-dimensional structure of biomaterials and their interfaces to bone with nanometre resolution.

In this work, hydroxyapatite scaffolds, and laser-modified titanium and Ti6Al4V implants were studied in contact with human or rabbit bone. Z-contrast electron tomography revealed that the orientation of collagen in bone apposing hydroxyapatite, titanium and Ti6Al4V implants is consistently parallel to the implant surface, where the bioactive layer that precipitates on HA is oriented perpendicular to the implant surface. With this method, complete three-dimensional nanoscale osseointegration of titanium-based implants was also established.

The extension of this technique from interfacial analyses to the design of biomaterials provided an understanding of the pore structure of mesoporous titania. In further investigations, the open three-dimensional pore network, as revealed by electron tomography, showed promise as a coating that improves implant osseointegration and enables site-specific drug-delivery from an implant surface.

In summary, it was demonstrated that two-dimensional characterization techniques were insufficient for the investigation of nanostructured biomaterials, as well as their interfaces to bone. Visualizing biointerfaces and biomaterials with nanometre precision in three-dimensions can expose new fundamental information on materials properties and bone response, enabling better design of biomaterials for the future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2012. 61 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 962
Electron tomography, transmission electron microscopy, hydroxyapatite, titanium, titania, bone, implant, osseointegration, interface, mesoporous
National Category
Materials Engineering
Research subject
Materials Science
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-179445 (URN)978-91-554-8441-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-10-05, Polhemsalen, Ångström Laboratory, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
Available from: 2012-09-14 Created: 2012-08-15 Last updated: 2013-01-22Bibliographically approved

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