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Location:  Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Geesthacht, Germany

Number of placements: 1

Project areas:

- Examples- Microstructural response to thermo-mechanical load in Mg alloys.
- Development and characterization of Mg-based materials for medical implant applications.

Period of placements: 8 weeks during July-Sept

Accommodation arrangements:  300-400 Euro (~£250-335) per month

Financial support from hosts: 850 Euro (~£710) per month

Language: German, with English widely spoken

Profile of institution:

A total of about 860 employees is involved in coastal and materials research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon which is located in Geesthacht south-east of Hamburg and in Teltow near Berlin.

The Institute of Metallic Biomaterials develops novel materials for medical implants based on titanium and magnesium. One target is to improve biocompatibility of permanent titanium implants by developing non-toxic alloys and adapting the materials to the mechanical properties of the bone. Another focus is laid on magnesium alloys that degrade over time in the body. By adding pharmaceutically active elements, such as antimicrobial silver, to the alloys novel regenerative or therapeutic effects are intended to become effective during magnesium degradation. 

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Contact: Prof. Norbert Hort, Dr. Domonkos Tolnai