The main challenge in biomaterials is to predict how a material will react when implanted into the human body and how it will interact with tissues, fluids, and other biomedical materials. For accurate prognoses, the materials’ behavior needs to be investigated in conditions that are as close to the human body as possible. Anton Paar offers a range of high-precision analytical instruments for this purpose and supports these efforts with a special focus on biomedical applications in 2019.

The methods covered by Anton Paar’s portfolio range from indentation and scratch testing to tribological testing and chemical surface analysis. Parameters such as elastic modulus, hardness, creep, coating adhesion, scratch resistance, friction and wear, zeta potential, adsorption kinetics (of proteins), and more enable medical researchers to qualify new materials for biological applications based on valid scientific data.

Anton Paar’s MCR Tribometers offer such possibilities through model-scale testing of materials such as cartilages, skin, tissue, etc. With a range of sliding speeds starting from a few nm/s to 1 m/s and a dynamic load range, it is possible to simulate the frictional and wear behavior of materials under close to real-life conditions and use the data to create appropriate models.

Another tool for the investigation of ageing behavior is the Anton Paar bioindenter UNHT³ Bio that has been developed especially for biomaterial research. With excellent resolution and research-oriented special features such as controlled force vs. depth measurements you gain a deep understanding of your biomedical samples.

To complement the range of analytical tools, the SurPASS 3 surface charge analyzer from Anton Paar allows for direct biomaterial interface analysis by means of zeta potential studies. Tailored measuring cells can accommodate biomaterial samples of different shapes and geometry for surface charge analysis at the push of a button.

For many years, Anton Paar has put a focus on surface characterization of biomaterials, such as prostheses, implants, tissues (biological and artificial), biopolymers, teeth, ophthalmic applications, biofilms, medical devices, and more.

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About Anton Paar

Founded in 1922 in Graz (Austria) by Anton Paar, the company is the world leader in the measurement of density and concentration, the determination of dissolved carbon dioxide, and in the fields of rheometry and viscometry. Anton Paar’s customers include most of the major beer and soft drink manufacturers worldwide as well as companies active in the food, chemicals, petroleum, and pharmaceutical industries.

Established as a one-man locksmith’s workshop, the corporation strives to combine high-precision manufacturing with the latest scientific achievements; the Anton Paar GmbH invests 20 % of the annual turnover in research. More than 170 analytical solutions are developed and produced almost exclusively within the company. Additionally, we offer the high-tech football simulator skills.lab, where players can improve their technique and understanding of the game under real conditions.

The Anton Paar Group is active in more than 110 countries with 31 sales subsidiaries and seven producing sites in Europe and the USA. Meanwhile, more than 3200 employees in a worldwide network of research and development, production, sales, and support are responsible for the quality, reliability, and service of products made by Anton Paar. Since 2003, the Charitable Santner Foundation is the owner of Anton Paar. It is dedicated exclusively and directly to charitable purposes. In 2018, the company generated net sales revenue of 366 million Euro.