This pioneering innovation called 'New biocompatible silicon doped DLC coatings for bone implants' was recently awarded the Siemens Award in the 22nd edition of the competition. Representatives of the TUL's team received the award on 27 June at Warsaw University of Technology.
Prof. Piotr Niedzielski, the leader of the winning research team, explains why the patented technology is innovative:
In the course of the project financed with the NCBiR Innotech grant, we developed guidelines on the optimal relative amount of the silicon dopant, we have designed and built a highly-efficient industrial installation for surface modification and coating deposition on ready-made medical implants: intramedullary nails, orthopedic screws, stabilizers. This eliminates direct contact of metal with the human body. These types of coatings improve implant biocompatibility, are antiallergenic, and in addition, they stimulate bone growth.
The winning research team (authors of the patented solution), under the leadership of prof. Niedzielski, is comprised of: Urszula Borowska, dr hab. inż. Damian Batory, dr hab. inż. Hieronim Szymanowski, prof. PŁ, dr hab. inż. Jacek Grabarczyk, dr hab. inż. Witold Kaczorowski, dr inż. Marian Cłapa, dr inż. Dorota Bociąga i dr inż. Anna Sobczyk-Guzenda.
The technology developed by TUL's scientists makes it possible to produce highly biocompatible, durable, homogenous, well adhering to the surface of the medical implant, diamond like carbon coatings. Currently, such surface-modified bone implants used in treatment of bone fractures and injuries are offered commercially in a number of countries around the world by Medgal, a company based in Bialystok.
For the first time in the many years of the Siemens Award competition, graduates with a degree in the field of power systems engineering have been presented with awards. Adrian Chojecki, an alumnus of the Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering, Lodz University of Technology, received the 2nd class award for his master degree dissertation Remote measuring and visualization of residential/municipal power consumption in systems with intermittent energy storage.
The Institute of Materials Science and Engineering is one of the leading Polish research centers where carbon coatings are fabricated i.a. with RF plasma technology.
The Siemens Award competition has been held for over 20 years following an agreement between the corporation and Warsaw University of Technology. Its goal is to promote excellence in technology and scientific research conducted by employees of academic and non-academic institutions in Poland.