Data from: Do ‘passive’ medical titanium surfaces deteriorate in service in the absence of wear?

Owen Addison, Alison J. Davenport, Robert J. Newport, Sonam Kalra, Mehdi Monir, Frederick J. F. W. Mosselmans, David Proops & Richard A. Martin
Globally, more than 1000 tonnes of titanium (Ti) is implanted into patients in the form of biomedical devices on an annual basis. Ti is perceived to be ‘biocompatible’ owing to the presence of a robust passive oxide film (approx. 4 nm thick) at the metal surface. However, surface deterioration can lead to the release of Ti ions, and particles can arise as the result of wear and/or corrosion processes. This surface deterioration can result in...
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