Coatings with fullerenes and micro-structuring for dental implants

Contact person

Prof. Uwe Ritter
Electronics Technology Group

Phone: +49 3677 69-3603
e-mail: uwe.ritter@tu-ilmenau.de

Funding information

Project leader: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Project number: 13GW0401B

Participating groups: Chemistry Group

Period of funding: 01.05.2020 - 30.04.2023

Project information

Prof. Ritter

The sub-project Fullerene at the TU Ilmenau aims at the synthesis and targeted adaptation of highly stable carbon nanostructure layers made of fullerenes to improve the biological compatibility and longevity of special ceramic dental implants. The problem is the synthesis and adaptation of suitable fullerene derivatives that are both suitable to be incorporated into ceramic layers and to have a long-term medical effect without being discharged from the layer in measurable concentrations. In the subproject presented here, a novel approach is being pursued to implement an ideal nanomorphology involving fullerene derivatives, whereby interfacial and biochemistry are synergistically linked. Among other things, novel fullerenes with fluorescent dyes will be explored to investigate the interaction of the fullerenes in the surface layer of the ceramic with the biological environment in the oral cavity. The aim is to synthesise novel fullerene derivatives that can be stably anchored in the ceramic layers and still be biologically active. The fullerene subproject contains original experimental work that primarily serves to gain new insights in the field of fullerene chemistry. The scientific demands are mainly in the area of chemical synthesis and characterisation of fullerene derivatives and layers with different functional groups, which are tailor-made for the goals to be fulfilled in the overall project. New synthesis routes to stable fullerene derivatives and new functional properties of the corresponding derivatives are to be developed.