Bio-activation of Ni-free Zr-based bulk metallic glass by surface modification

L. Liu, Kang Cheung Chan, Y. Yu, Q. Chen

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A bone-like apatite layer was successfully deposited on the surface of the Ni-free Zr60.5Cu19.5Fe5Al9.5Ti5.5bulk metallic glass (BMG) by using a hybrid technique of micro-arc oxidation (MAO) and a biomimetic process. The Zr-based BMG was initially modified via MAO which led to the formation of a porous and rough ZrO2layer on the BMG surface. After subsequent immersion in a simulated body fluid, a bone-like apatite could be spontaneously and promptly formed on the ZrO2layer, demonstrating a good bioactivity. The present work provides a promising technique for bioactive surface modification of Zr-based bulk metallic glasses, which could pave a way to medical application of the newly developed BMG materials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1978-1982
Number of pages5
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2010


  • B. Biocompatibility
  • B. Glasses, metallic
  • F. Electron microscopy, scanning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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