Lecture No.163

Title: The prospects of biodegradable Mg implants
Speaker: Prof. Eli Aghion, Department of Materials Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel
Date/Time: 2015-07-23,10:00
Venue: Room.500, Material Building A
Invitor: Dr. Xiaoqin ZENG
Prof. Eli Aghion(Condensed curriculum vitae)
-Personal Details
Address and telephone number at home:
Sderot Hahaskala 17B/86 Tel-Aviv. Tel: 972-77-5405747
Address and telephone numbers at the University: Department of Materials Engineering,
Ben-Gurion University, P.O. Box 653 Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel
Tel 972-8-6477498, Fax 972-8-6477935
Cellular phone: 052-3577367
E. Mail:
Date and place of birth:  8 June 1955, Beer-Sheva, Israel
B.Sc. -       1982, Ben-Gurion University Beer-Sheva, Materials Engineering.
M.Sc. - 1984, Ben-Gurion University Beer-Sheva, Materials Engineering.
D.Sc. - 1988, Technion Haifa, Materials Engineering.
-Employment History and Professional Activities
2004 – Present         Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-sheva, Israel.
1994 – 2004     Vice president Magnesium Research, Dead Sea Magnesium, Israel.
1997 – 2003     President and Managing Director of the Magnesium Research Institute (MRI), a joint venture between VW, Dead Sea Magnesium and the Ben-Gurion University.
1997 – 2003     Chairman of the Israeli Consortium for the development of Magnesium technologies - Israeli Ministry of Trade and Industry.
1999 – 2002     Member of the Israeli National committee for Materials Infrastructure & Planning, nominated by the Minister of Science.
1992 – 1995     Associate professor Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of  Natal, Durban, South Africa.
1988 – 1992     Senior lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.
-Scientific Publications relating to Magnesium Science and Technology
Editor of 3 collective volumes on Mg Science and Technology and author of more than 200 publications including papers in journals, papers introduced at major Mg Conferences such as: IMA, TMS, SAE and DGM and 12 patents.
 The concept of using Mg alloys as a structural material for biodegradable implants is based on the inherent properties of Mg in terms of its biocompatibility, mechanical properties, corrosion performance and cost effectiveness compared to biodegradable polymers. The aim of the presentation will be to introduce possible use of biodegradable Mg alloys in various applications such as bone fixation, stents and drug delivery devices. The presentation will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of Mg as a biodegradable material and introduce updated efforts to overcome its main problem namely hydrogen evolution and the risk of consequent gas embolism.

Location:Room.500, Material Building A