Development of a Microelectronic Device for Measuring Corrosion In-vivo

Open Access
Bingaman, Jordan Tyler
Area of Honors:
Engineering Science
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Barbara Shaw, Thesis Supervisor
  • Patrick James Drew, Honors Advisor
  • Elizabeth Sikora, Faculty Reader
  • corrosion
  • in-vivo
  • titanium
  • microelectronic
  • hank's
There is an absence, in published literature, of the corrosion rate of titanium in the body. However, titanium is one of the most common materials used in the body. The aim of this research is to present a way to measure corrosion rates in the body through the development and evaluation of a three-electrode microelectronic device. Previous research in the group has produced a microelectronic device that measures the corrosion rate. Thus far, the device has only been tested in-vitro, and requires a new microelectronic connection that enables the device to be connected to a potentiostat post-implantation. The connection must be insulated and safe with respect to the environment and not place undue stress on the animal. After the device connection is designed and prepared, it must be proven not to affect the results of the testing.