The development of new implant materials with improved wear resistance and biocompatibility has become more important since implantation into younger and more active people has increased in the recent years. Silvia has studied the manufacturing, wear performance and biological reactions to carbon reinforced polyethylene composites. Through the use of selected carbon nanoparticles, the performance of conventional polyethylene (UHMWPE) can be improved. The project aims to provide an insight into the potential of carbon reinforced polyethylene composites as an alternative to conventional UHMWPE in orthopaedics.
Discussion leader at the Licentiate seminar was Prof. Jeffrey Dixon, School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.