Brown University biomedical engineering graduate student Lucy Weng ScB'08 recently won the Master's Student Competition at the 2012 Northeast Bioengineering Conference hosted by Temple University in Philadelphia. Overall, there were more than 200 papers accepted, and awards were given for best paper to two master's student and two Ph.D. students. Weng received a certificate and a $250 prize.
Nanorough magnesium surfaces were created by a novel treatment with sodium hydroxide at 1N, 5N, and 10N
concentrations for 10, 20, and 30 minutes. Material characterization by
scanning electron microscopy showed increased roughness on all treated samples
compared to the control magnesium. Contact angle measurements indicated greater
hydrophilicity on treated magnesium and no significant effect of ultraviolet
sterilization on the surface energy of the material. Osteoblasts were seeded
onto treated and untreated surfaces and adhesion at 4hrs were assessed through
the MTT assay.
Results indicated increased osteoblast adhesion on nano-treated samples compared to untreated samples.
These findings support previous studies indicating the promise of magnesium as
a biomaterial for orthopedic applications and suggest further experiments
examining the long-term effects of nanophase magnesium on osteoblast proliferation