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The design and fabrication techniques for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and nanodevices are progressing rapidly. However, due to material and process flow incompatibilities in the fabrication of sensors, actuators and electronic circuitry, a final packaging step is often necessary to integrate all components of a heterogeneous microsystem on a(More)
The hardness and Young's modulus of the successive layers across a resin-dentin bonding area were determined by nano-indentation for four commercially-available dentin adhesive systems, of which two were also applied with a different conditioning agent. With a computer-controlled nano-indentation technique, minute triangular indentations were made within a(More)
Within the currently rising trend of heterogeneous microsystem integration and packaging, capillary self-assembly emerges as an innovative technique to enhance, complement and eventually replace pick-and-place assembly. Vast literature and experimental data support such claim. Still, the technique needs to overcome some important limitations in order to(More)
The on-going search for a biologically acceptable restorative material has brought a confusing variety of composites on the dental market. In the present study, commercially available composites are categorized as a function of their mean particle size, filler distribution, filler content, Young's modulus, surface roughness, compressive strength, surface(More)
Biofilm formation is widely reported in the literature as a problem in the healthcare, environmental, and industrial sectors. However, the role of biofilms in sliding contacts remains unclear. Friction during sliding was analyzed for titanium covered with mixed biofilms consisting of Streptococcus mutans and Candida albicans. The morphology of biofilms on(More)
The main aim of this work was to study the simultaneous wear-corrosion of titanium (Ti) in the presence of biofilms composed of Streptococcus mutans and Candida albicans. Both organisms were separately grown in specific growth media, and then mixed in a medium supplemented with a high sucrose concentration. Corrosion and tribocorrosion tests were performed(More)
The recently developed nanoindentation technique was used to measure hardness and Young's modulus of small filler particles in resin composites and other dental restoratives. This technique eliminates the need to visualize indentations. Load and displacement are continuously monitored during a loading-unloading sequence, and hardness as well as Young's(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the in vitro coefficient of friction of stainless steel arch wire-bracket combinations under fretting contact test conditions performed in air and in different aqueous solutions, like Ringer solution, Ringer with addition of a buffer, Ringer with addition of glucose, and Coca Cola. METHODS The fretting test set-up used allowed to(More)
In orthodontic treatment, sliding is frequently used to cause tooth movement. Inherent to this technique is the generation of a counteracting frictional force. In this pilot study, a fretting test consisting of reciprocating tangential displacements was used to investigate test parameters influencing frictional forces during sliding processes. Tests were(More)
The chemical nature of the interface between dentin and adhesive resin materials was characterized by micro-Raman spectroscopy. The resulting chemical profiles were correlated with photomicrographs obtained by SEM after an argon-ion-beam etching treatment of the sample surface. Two commercially available dentin adhesive systems, of which one was also(More)