Mentor: Dr. Michele Manuel
College of Engineering
"I applied to the Scholars program because I have a strong interest for biotechnology and how it can be used for medical applications."
Hobbies and Interests
The Biodegradability of Magnesium and its Alloys
Magnesium has distinctive properties that allow it to be a potential biodegradable material. Magnesium has a modulus that is comparable to bone which is essential in orthopedic applications. One of the current procedures is replacing a broken bone with a titanium rod. However, this procedure is becoming less cost efficient, especially if the bones in the body are still growing. The purpose of this research is to answer the question of Magnesium being used as a biodegradable material. If magnesium is biodegradable, can it be used with alloys such as zinc and strontium that can be reabsorb into the body as nutrients. These alloys will be tested for orthopedic implant applications that consider property combinations such as biocompatibility, strength, and corrosion control.