NanoGlide Subtractive nanotexturing on polyethylene is antimicrobial and wear resistant due to its adsorption of the key beneficial proteins, lubricin, mucin and casein, which make those benefits possible. Adsorption is the adhesion of molecules from a liquid to a surface. This process creates a film of the adsorbate on the surface of the adsorbent. This process differs from absorption, in which a fluid permeates a solid.
NanoGlide subtractive nanotexturing removes less than 50 nanometers of material from the surface of a polyethylene component in a replacement joint. These polyethylene components are on average millions of nanometers thick. This imperceptible topographical change has no effect on dimensions, no effect on mechanical strength, no effect on design and no effect on chemical composition. While improving the antimicrobial and wear resistant properties of polyethylene, NanoGlide nanotexturing fully preserves all the polyethylene’s positive attributes.