RF magnetron sputtering mediated NiTi/Ag coating on Ti-alloy substrate with enhanced biocompatibility and durability.


Department of Energy Studies, Periyar University, Salem 636 011, Tamil Nadu, India. Electronic address: [Email]


Mechanically robust, biocompatible and corrosion resistant Ag doped NiTi (NiTi/Ag) coatings were formed on implant grade commercially pure titanium substrates by R.F. magnetron sputtering. Five samples with varying silver content (0, 1, 3, 7, and 10 at.%) were prepared by controlling the power applied to Ag and NiTi targets. The intensity of X-ray photoelectron spectra peaks corresponding to Ni2p, Ti2p, Ag3d components were found proportional to respective coating compositions. The soft Ag crystallites were decreased the roughness and crystallinity of NiTi/Ag. Among all compositions, NiTi/Ag coating with 3 at.% Ag exhibited lowest friction coefficient (0.1) and wear rate (0.69 × 10-07 mm3/N ∗ mm). Electrochemical corrosion measurements indicated that Ag incorporation increased the corrosion resistance of NiTi. Increase in Ag content shifted Ecorr values in the anodic direction, and reduced the current density by one-order-of-magnitude. When cultured on NiTi/Ag coating with 3 at.% Ag, human dermal fibroblast neonatal cells demonstrated highest cell viability. The fluorescence micrographic image of the immunostained cells showed a well grown actin filament network. Overall, NiTi/Ag coated titanium substrates were found to be a promising orthopedic implant material.


Biocompatibility,Cell viability,Durability,NiTi/Ag,R.F sputtering,Wear rate,

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