Interfacial compatibilization of PLA and Mg in composites for bioresorbable bone implants

M Ben Abdeljawad, X Carette, R Mincheva, J. Odent1 and J-M Raquez

Abstract :  In this study, polylactide (PLA)/magnesium (Mg) composites were produced through extrusion and compression-molding. In order to enhance the interfacial adhesion between the hydrophobic matrix and the hydrophilic filler, an amphiphilic PEO-b-PLLA block copolymer was used. The morphological study shows an effective improvement of the PLA/Mg interactions following the copolymer addition. Moreover, the surface contact angle test proves the decrease of the PLA hydrophobicity. Thus, a significant influence on the cell adhesion is expected. Furthermore, hydroxyapatite formation in bulk after eight weeks of the immersion in a simulated body fluid (SBF) is also shown, suggesting that the bioactivity will be noticeably improved. However, a decrease in mechanical properties and cell adhesion is observed.