J. Mater. Sci. Technol. ›› 2020, Vol. 46: 136-138.DOI: 10.1016/j.jmst.2019.12.014

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Opportunities and challenges of biodegradable Zn-based alloys

H.F. Li*(), Z.Z. Shi(), L.N. Wang*()   

  1. Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Materials Genome Engineering, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, 100083, China
  • Received:2019-12-10 Accepted:2019-12-16 Published:2020-06-01 Online:2020-06-19
  • Contact: H.F. Li,Z.Z. Shi,L.N. Wang


Following the footsteps of biodegradable Mg-based and Fe-based alloys, biodegradable Zn-based alloy is a newcomer and rising star in the family of biodegradable metals and alloys. The combined superior mechanical properties, appropriate degradation rates, excellent biocompatibility of biodegradable Zn-based alloys have brought worldwide research interest on the design, development and clinical translation of Zn-based alloys. The present perspective has summarized opportunities and challenges in the development of biodegradable Zn-based alloys.

Key words: Biodegradable Zn-based alloys, Clinical applications, Mechanical properties, Degradation behavior, Biocompatibility, Corrosion fatigue, Bio-tribocorrosion