Imperial College London

Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Visiting Professor



+44 (0)20 7594 6731a.boccaccini




210Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Heise, S and Virtanen, S and Boccaccini, AR},
doi = {10.1002/jbm.a.35776},
journal = {Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A},
title = {Tackling Mg alloy corrosion by natural polymer coatings - A review.},
url = {},
year = {2016}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - The field of protective coatings for magnesium and its alloys (e.g. AZ31) using natural polymers is reviewed. Polymers utilized are broadly divided into polysaccharides and proteins. For both polymer classes examples are given focusing on coating processing and characterization. Several analysing methods reported in literature are summarized highlighting the different characterization approaches applied in different studies, which makes difficult a direct comparison of the outcomes. In most cases, the protective behaviour of coatings was determined using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy or by assessing hydrogen evolution in different fluids. Mechanical tests and in vitro cell culture studies have been also carried out on selected coating systems. Overall, the results show the possibility of applying protective coatings based on natural polymers on magnesium and its alloys, however in vivo studies are scarce so that long-term studies in relevant conditions are not yet available. A comparison with the use of synthetic polymers is presented and current challenges and areas for future research are discussed, highlighting the need for further research in the field which should enable broadening the applications of Mg and Mg alloys in medicine. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
AU - Heise,S
AU - Virtanen,S
AU - Boccaccini,AR
DO - 10.1002/jbm.a.35776
PY - 2016///
SN - 1552-4965
TI - Tackling Mg alloy corrosion by natural polymer coatings - A review.
T2 - Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A
UR -
ER -