Towards biodegradable wireless implants

Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci. 2012 May 28;370(1967):2418-32. doi: 10.1098/rsta.2011.0439.


A new generation of partially or even fully biodegradable implants is emerging. The idea of using temporary devices is to avoid a second surgery to remove the implant after its period of use, thereby improving considerably the patient's comfort and safety. This paper provides a state-of-the-art overview and an experimental section that describes the key technological challenges for making biodegradable devices. The general considerations for the design and synthesis of biodegradable components are illustrated with radiofrequency-driven resistor-inductor-capacitor (RLC) resonators made of biodegradable metals (Mg, Mg alloy, Fe, Fe alloys) and biodegradable conductive polymer composites (polycaprolactone-polypyrrole, polylactide-polypyrrole). Two concepts for partially/fully biodegradable wireless implants are discussed, the ultimate goal being to obtain a fully biodegradable sensor for in vivo sensing.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biocompatible Materials*
  • Equipment Design*
  • Radio Waves*


  • Biocompatible Materials