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The aim of the study was to determine the influence of long term exposure to Ringer's solution of biodegradable polymer coatings containing an active substance on the Ti6Al7Nb alloy substrate on the physical and chemical properties of the coatings and the degradation process of the metal substrate. The studies used poly(L-lactide-co-trimethylene carbonate) P(L/TMC), poly(L-lactide-co-trimethylene carbonate-glycolide) P(L/TMC/G) and poly(D,L-lactide-glycolide) (PLGA) coatings applied to the anodically oxidized Ti6Al7Nb alloy by means of dipping method (1, 2 and 3 dips). The polymer coatings contained ciprofloxacin. Roughness and wettability tests were carried out on the substrate and polymer coatings, the pitting corrosion resistance of the substrate and samples with polymer coating was determined, the number of metallic ions released to the solution from the coated and uncoated samples was determined as well as the adhesion of polymer coatings. The research was supplemented by microscopic observations. The results of the research indicate different influence of exposure to Ringer's solution on the physical and chemical properties of biodegradable polymer coatings containing ciprofloxacin and the course of the degradation process of the metal substrate.
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Name: Acta of bioengineering and biomechanics
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