Demonstration of a SiC Protective Coating for Titanium Implants

Chaker Fares, Shu-Min Hsu, Minghan Xian, Xinyi Xia, Fan Ren, John J. Mecholsky, Luiz Gonzaga, Josephine Esquivel-Upshaw
2020 Materials  
To mitigate the corrosion of titanium implants and improve implant longevity, we investigated the capability to coat titanium implants with SiC and determined if the coating could remain intact after simulated implant placement. Titanium disks and titanium implants were coated with SiC using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) and were examined for interface quality, chemical composition, and coating robustness. SiC-coated titanium implants were torqued into a Poly(methyl
more » ... oly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) block to simulate clinical implant placement followed by energy dispersive spectroscopy to determine if the coating remained intact. After torquing, the atomic concentration of the detectable elements (silicon, carbon, oxygen, titanium, and aluminum) remained relatively unchanged, with the variation staying within the detection limits of the Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) tool. In conclusion, plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposited SiC was shown to conformably coat titanium implant surfaces and remain intact after torquing the coated implants into a material with a similar hardness to human bone mass.
doi:10.3390/ma13153321 pmid:32722625 fatcat:e3aclpmebfctzftxf6hovqfzg4