Investigating the biocompatibility of the novel carbon-based composite material to be used in medical and dental implant therapy

Activity: Other activity typesFunding - grants and income which support research related activities


Titanium is a commonly used inert bio-implant material within the medical and dental fields due to its excellent mechanical strength and biocompatibility. However, titanium and titanium alloy sometime generate particles and ions that deposits into surrounding tissues due to corrosion and wear. This results in bone loss due to inflammatory reaction. Titanium ions and particles are also systemically deposited leading to toxic reactions on other tissues e.g., yellow nail syndrome. Additionally, titanium implant failure and allergic reactions can occur due to hypersensitivity reactions. AMD (GB) have recently developed 3D composites using carbon-based material from industrial waste which would be much cheaper but offering similar mechanical strength to the titanium.

This project will investigate the biocompatibilities of the carbon-based 3D composites developed by AMD (GB) and investigate the bonding ability of the composites with the bone tissue i.e., efficacy and safety of the materials as a medical and dental implant product.

As an alternative to titanium implant for medical and dental applications, these carbon-based materials have huge potential to become the leader in the medical and dental implant market, if proved biocompatible and safe, which in turn will create more jobs in Scotland.

IRIS ref: 40383
PFACT: 17553
Amount: £4,987
PeriodMay 2023Nov 2023
Held atScottish Funding Council, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational