The way magnesium works is that it offers greater strength than polymers and as it corrodes it releases inert ions. The Swiss (who else) Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich has developed a magnesium based glass that has not exhibited the release of hydrogen during its clinical trials. Jorg Loffler and his colleagues have identified a way to circumvent this challenge by adding zinc to the magnesium to form a magnesium based metallic glass. Herr Loffler has developed a rapid cooling process that permits more flexibility in the process quickly cooling the molten material resulting in an amorphous structure that he compares to that of window glass.
By exhibiting no hydrogen , the biocompatible metallic glass could actually serve as the basis for the next generation of biodegradable thickness, as much as 5mm in thickness. This could possibly be used for bone implants. It's like Alice in Wonderland peering through the looking glass. Could this be the future? TSB wants to know what our readers think?