Preparation of hydroxylated polyethylene surfaces
Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition
The surfaces of high-density or ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylenes were hydroxylated using a two-step process. The wetting and wear properties of the untreated (virgin) and surface hydroxylated polyethylenes were compared. The introduction of hydroxyl groups provided an increase in surface hydrophilicity resulting in reduced wear. Hydrophilicity was analyzed by optical analysis of water contact angle. Wear was determined by weight loss under conditions of a reciprocating pin-on-plate apparatus with the panels immersed in water or calf serum. These results suggest that hydroxylation of polyethylene friction-bearing orthopedic surfaces may lead to a longer joint life.
Taylor & Francis
Zand, Ali; Walter, N.; Bahu, M.; Ketterer, S.; Sanders, M.; Sikorski, Y.; Cunningham, Robert; and Beholz, L., "Preparation of hydroxylated polyethylene surfaces" (2008). Chemistry & Biochemistry Publications. 103.