The Efficiency of Silicon Carbide as a Drug Delivery System
Silicon carbide is an ideal biomaterial due to its inertness and biocompatibility. Functionalization of the surface via hydroxyl groups allow for drug binding to occur through both chemisorption and physisorption. Material characterization of the SiC throughout the manufacturing process using SEM and FTIR allows measurement of any chemical change after each surface treatment. Through the use of FTIR and UV-vis, the materials ability to load antibiotic and chemotherapeutic drugs may be investigated. A drug release profile may be used to determine the applicability and efficiency of the SiC material as a drug carrier.