Open Access
Article Number 07014
Number of page(s) 6
Section Applied Research and Applications: Applications
Published online 01 September 2009
ESOMAT 2009, 07014 (2009)
DOI: 10.1051/esomat/200907014

Electrochemical parameters and biocompatibility of bare Nitinol surfaces

S. Shabalovskaya1, 2, G. Rondelli3 and M. Rettenmayr1

1  Institute of Materials Science and Technology, Metallic Materials, Friedrich-Schiller University, Loebdergraben 32, 07743 Jena, Germany
2  Ames Laboratory-DOE, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 50011, USA
3  Institute of Energy and Interphases, CNR, Milano, Italy

Published online: 1 September 2009

For understanding the nature of the variable thrombogenicity of bare Nitinol surfaces, a systematic study of electrochemical parameters was performed on disc and wire samples using cyclic potential polarization, open circuit potential and polarization resistance. The surfaces treated using chemical solutions showed consistent corrosion behavior, but mechanically polished and heat treated samples were prone to pitting. The polarization resistance of bare Nitinol surfaces varied in a range from 100 KΩ cm2 to 10 MΩ cm2, and the open circuit potentials from -440 mV to -55 mV implying the variability in corrosion rate and surface reactivity. Ni surface concentrations and ion release are discussed in terms of surface charge in connection with fibrinogen adsorption and platelet activation.

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