Antibacterial Coatings on Medical Implants

  • Sheetal Khatri
  • Yingchao SuEmail author
  • Donghui ZhuEmail author


Bacterial contamination has been a serious problem in every field from space missions to medicine and implants. Implant surfaces have been a hazardous site for bacterial adhesion and microbial contamination. This contamination leads to prosthetic infection which results in the necessity of continued antibiotic therapy, eventually leading to removal of the device which comes with long hospitalization time, costs, stress, and pain. Antibacterial coatings have been used as a solution to bacterial contamination. Biofilm formation, antibacterial mechanisms, and types of coating methods on medical implants are briefly described in the present review. Then, the typical antibacterial coatings, including metallic nano-coatings, ceramic coatings, and polymeric coatings, are described.


Biofilm Antibacterial coating Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticle Biodegradable coating 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical EngineeringStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA

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