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Metals 2016, 6(9), 221;

Nanocrystalline β-Ta Coating Enhances the Longevity and Bioactivity of Medical Titanium Alloys

Department of Material Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 29 Yudao Street, Nanjing 210016, China
School of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, Wuhan Institute of Technology, 693 Xiongchu Avenue, Wuhan 430073, China
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Southeast University, 2 Si Pai Lou, Nanjing 210096, China
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Academic Editors: Harrie Weinans and Amir A. Zadpoor
Received: 4 July 2016 / Revised: 24 August 2016 / Accepted: 24 August 2016 / Published: 10 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Metallic Biomaterials)
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A β-Ta nanocrystalline coating was engineered onto a Ti-6Al-4V substrate using a double cathode glow discharge technique to improve the corrosion resistance and bioactivity of this biomedical alloy. The new coating has a thickness of ~40 μm and exhibits a compact and homogeneous structure composed of equiaxed β-Ta grains with an average grain size of ~22 nm, which is well adhered on the substrate. Nanoindentation and scratch tests indicated that the β-Ta coating exhibited high hardness combined with good resistance to contact damage. The electrochemical behavior of the new coating was systematically investigated in Hank’s physiological solution at 37 °C. The results showed that the β-Ta coating exhibited a superior corrosion resistance as compared to uncoated Ti-6Al-4V and commercially pure tantalum, which was attributed to a stable passive film formed on the β-Ta coating. The in vitro bioactivity was studied by evaluating the apatite-forming capability of the coating after seven days of immersion in Hank’s physiological solution. The β-Ta coating showed a higher apatite-forming ability than both uncoated Ti-6Al-4V and commercially pure Ta, suggesting that the β-Ta coating has the potential to enhance functionality and increase longevity of orthopaedic implants. View Full-Text
Keywords: β-Ta; in vitro bioactivity; corrosion resistance; nano-topography β-Ta; in vitro bioactivity; corrosion resistance; nano-topography

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