Yi Huang

Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan Sheng, China

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    ABSTRACT: Bioactive glass–ceramic coatings have great potential in dental and orthopedic medical implant applications, due to its excellent bioactivity, biocompatibility and osteoinductivity. However, most of the coating preparation techniques either produce only thin thickness coatings or require tedious preparation steps. In this study, a new attempt was made to deposit bioactive glass–ceramic coatings on titanium substrates by the liquid precursor plasma spraying (LPPS) process. Tetraethyl orthosilicate, triethyl phosphate, calcium nitrate and sodium nitrate solutions were mixed together to form a suspension after hydrolysis, and the liquid suspension was used as the feedstock for plasma spraying of P2O5–Na2O–CaO–SiO2 bioactive glass–ceramic coatings. The in vitro bioactivities of the as-deposited coatings were evaluated by soaking the samples in simulated body fluid (SBF) for 4 h, 1, 2, 4, 7, 14, and 21 days, respectively. The as-deposited coating and its microstructure evolution behavior under SBF soaking were systematically analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), inductively coupled plasma (ICP), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The results showed that P2O5–Na2O–CaO–SiO2 bioactive glass–ceramic coatings with nanostructure had been successfully synthesized by the LPPS technique and the synthesized coatings showed quick formation of a nanostructured HCA layer after being soaked in SBF. Overall, our results indicate that the LPPS process is an effective and simple method to synthesize nanostructured bioactive glass–ceramic coatings with good in vitro bioactivity.
    Applied Surface Science 01/2011; · 2.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, the liquid precursor plasma spraying process was used to manufacture P2O5-Na2O-CaO-SiO2 bioactive glass-ceramic coatings (BGCCs), where sol and suspension were used as feedstocks for plasma spraying. The effect of precursor and spray parameters on the formation and crystallinity of BGCCs was systematically studied. The results indicated that coatings with higher crystallinity were obtained using the sol precursor, while nanostructured coatings predominantly consisting of amorphous phase were synthesized using the suspension precursor. For coatings manufactured from suspension, the fraction of the amorphous phase increased with the increase in plasma power and the decrease in liquid precursor feed rate. The coatings synthesized from the suspension plasma spray process also showed a good in vitro bioactivity, as suggested by the fast apatite formation when soaking into SBF. Keywordsbioactive glass-ceramic–bioactivity–coating–liquid precursor–nanostructure–plasma spraying
    Journal of Thermal Spray Technology 01/2011; 20(3):560-568. · 1.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hydroxyapatite coatings were deposited on Ti-6Al-4V substrates by a novel plasma spraying process, the liquid precursor plasma spraying (LPPS) process. X-ray diffraction results showed that the coatings obtained by the LPPS process were mainly composed of hydroxyapatite. The LPPS process also showed excellent control on the coating microstructure, and both nearly fully dense and highly porous hydroxyapatite coatings were obtained by simply adjusting the solid content of the hydroxyapatite liquid precursor. Scanning electron microscope observations indicated that the porous hydroxyapatite coatings had pore size in the range of 10-200 µm and an average porosity of 48.26 ± 0.10%. The osteoblastic cell responses to the dense and porous hydroxyapatite coatings were evaluated with human osteoblastic cell MG-63, in respect of the cell morphology, proliferation and differentiation, with the hydroxyapatite coatings deposited by the atmospheric plasma spraying (APS) process as control. The cell experiment results indicated that the heat-treated LPPS coatings with a porous structure showed the best cell proliferation and differentiation among all the hydroxyapatite coatings. Our results suggest that the LPPS process is a promising plasma spraying technique for fabricating hydroxyapatite coatings with a controllable microstructure, which has great potential in bone repair and replacement applications.
    Biofabrication 11/2010; 2(4):045003. · 3.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Nano-structured hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings were deposited on the Ti-6Al-4V alloy substrate by the liquid precursor plasma spraying (LPPS) process. The thermal behavior of the HA liquid precursor was analyzed to interpret the phase change and structure transformation during the formation process of the nano-structured HA coatings. The phase composition, structure and morphology of the nano-structured HA coatings were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The XRD spectra showed that the coatings deposited by the LPPS process mainly consisted of the HA phase and the crystallite size was measured to be 56 nm. The SEM observation showed that the as-deposited LPPS coatings had small splat size, and nano-scale HA particles were found in certain regions of the coating surface. The FTIR spectroscopy showed the strong presence of the OH(-) group in the as-deposited LPPS coatings, indicating a superior structural integrity. In addition, the coatings deposited by the LPPS process were also carbonated HA coatings. The results indicate that the LPPS process is a promising plasma spraying technique for depositing nano-structured HA coatings with unique microstructural features that are desirable for improving the biological performance of the HA coatings.
    Biomedical Materials 09/2010; 5(5):054113. · 2.17 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The plasma sprayed hydroxyapatite coatings were post-treated by an electric polarized treatment in alkaline solution (PAS). The compositions, stabilities, surface charges, bone-like apatite formation abilities of the PAS coatings were investigated. The bioactivity of the PAS coatings was characterized in vivo. The results showed that the stabilities of the PAS coatings were improved because of the increased crystallinity and the decreased impurity phase. The bone-like apatite formation abilities were also improved after the PAS treatment because of the negative charges formed on the coating surfaces. Animal experiments showed that the PAS coatings could accelerate the initial fixation of the implant. The results indicated that the PAS is a promising post-treatment method to improve the biological properties of the plasma sprayed hydroxyapatite coatings.
    Materials Science and Engineering: C. 10/2009; 29(8):2411–2416.
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    ABSTRACT: A simple electrodeposition method is presented for the preparing of collagen nanofilms (EAT) on anodic oxidized titanium surfaces (AT). The nanofilms were observed by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Functional TiOx layers with anionic groups of --PO(4), --SO(4) and --OH were investigated on the AT surface by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; X-ray diffraction results indicated that the AT surface was composed mainly of anatase and rutile. The bioactive electrodeposited TiOx layers on the AT surface showed lower water contact angles and higher surface energy than pure titanium surfaces (CT) and displayed higher collagen molecule immobilization.
    Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B Applied Biomaterials 02/2009; 90(2):608-13. · 2.31 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, a novel liquid precursor plasma spraying (LPPS) process was used to deposit Si, Mg, CO3 2− substituted hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings (alone and cosubstituted) onto Ti-6Al-4V substrates. Salts of silicon, magnesium, and carbonate elements were directly added into the HA liquid precursor for subsequent plasma spraying. The phase composition, structure, and morphology of all HA coatings were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The results indicated that the trace elements were successfully incorporated into the HA structure and nanostructured coatings were obtained for all doped HA formulations. The incorporation of trace elements into the HA structure reduced its crystallinity, especially when silicon, magnesium and carbonate ions entered simultaneously into the HA structure. FTIR spectra showed that the Si-HA and Mg-HA coatings had decreased intensities in both the O-H and P-O bands and that the CO3 2−-HA coating was mainly a B-type carbonate-substituted HA. The results showed that the LPPS process is an effective and simple method to synthesize trace element substituted biomimetic HA coatings with nanostructure. Keywordscarbonate–hydroxyapatite–liquid precursor plasma spraying–magnesium–silicon
    Journal of Thermal Spray Technology 20(4):829-836. · 1.48 Impact Factor