The microstructure and chemical composition of silicon surfaces subjected t
o standard sterilization protocols in hospital autoclaves has been examined
. Both metallic contamination and structural changes can accompany porous S
i hydrolysis. The in-vitro incubation of bull; and porous Si discs with hum
an lymphocytes reveals potential sources of cytoxicity such as silane emiss
ion, and the supersaturation of media with eluted Si.