American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Tribochemical Performance of Cell-treated Nickel Matrix

Bing Shi, Thomas B. Kuhn, Hong Liang and Lawrence K. Duffy

DOI : 10.3844/ajbbsp.2007.141.144

American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Volume 3, Issue 3

Pages 141-144

Abstract

Nickel (Ni) has been studied as a biomaterial for a long time because of the unique mechanical properties and corrosion resistance. In this study, the frictional properties and wettability of Ni under dry and lubricated conditions, including cell treatment, were compared in order to investigate its tribological performance under conditions similar to that in a human body. The wettability was evaluated and the morphology and the microstructure of Ni samples were investigated. Cells were cultured on a Ni matrix and observed using an inverted optical and fluorescence microscope. Dry friction tests were conducted and compared Ni lubricated with the bovine serum albumin (BSA) solution or the cell culture media. The lubrication behavior and biofluid mechanisms are discussed.

Copyright

© 2007 Bing Shi, Thomas B. Kuhn, Hong Liang and Lawrence K. Duffy. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.