Titanium implants' surface functionalization by pulsed laser deposition of TiN, ZrC and ZrN hard films

Titanium implants' surface functionalization by pulsed laser deposition of TiN, ZrC and ZrN hard films

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Applied Surface Science, Volume 417, p.175-182 (2017)

ISBN:

0169-4332

Abstract:

<p>Thin films of TiN, ZrC, and ZrN were deposited at room temperature on highly polished Ti and Si samples using the pulsed laser deposition technique. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction investigations showed that films were nanocrystalline, with grain sizes from 5 to 12 nm and under compression. Simulations of X-ray reflectivity curves acquired from the samples indicated that the deposited layers were dense and smooth. Electrochemical tests performed in simulated body fluid showed that the deposited coatings significantly improved the corrosion resistance of Ti samples. The comparative study found out that the best sample was ZrN/Ti, its corrosion current after 32 days immersion in simulated body fluids being half of that measured for the bare Ti sample and in the same time almost unchanged from the initial value. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.</p>