Application of Magnetron Sputtering for Producing Bioactive Ceramic Coatings on Implant Materials

Shandong University School of Mechanical Engineering Shandong Jinan 250061 P.R. China
Bulletin of Materials Science (Impact Factor: 1.02). 11/2008; 31(6):877-884. DOI: 10.1007/s12034-008-0140-z


Radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering is a versatile deposition technique that can produce thin, uniform, dense calcium
phosphate coatings. In this paper, principle and character of magnetron sputtering is introduced, and development of the hydroxyapatite
and its composite coatings application is reviewed. In addition, influence of heat treatment on magnetron sputtered coatings
is discussed. The heat treated coatings have been shown to exhibit bioactive behaviour both in vivo and in vitro. At last, the future application of the bioactive ceramic coating deposited by magnetron sputtering is mentioned.

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    • "RF Sputtering of Ca/P glasses including pyrophosphates and hydroxyapatite have been explored by a number of authors from as early as 1993. RF sputtering has been found to be an appropriate coating method, producing uniform , thin coatings, with superior adhesion strengths [16] [17] [18] [19] [20]. Yamashita et al. produced a range of binary Ca/P glass coatings with Ca:P ratios of 1.67, 1.0 and 1.5 via sputtering, which were subsequently crystallised by heating to form thin film apatites of hydroxyapatite, pyrophosphate and tri-calcium phosphate [21]. "
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    • "To prevent these drawbacks, the magnetron sputtering technique can be used, because it offers a flexible approach to surface improvement of metal implants. This technique facilitates the deposition of dense and well-adhered films with controlled elemental composition [19] by selecting appropriate values of the deposition parameters (discharge power, gas flow rate, working pressure, substrate temperature, deposition time, substrate bias voltage) [9]. In order to obtain HAP coatings with the best bioactivity properties it is required a good control of the morphology, surface roughness, and crystallinity of the coatings [9]. "
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    • "the same, has an open pore-like structure; a consequence of the competing anodising and acid solution processes [17] "
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