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Coatings, Volume 8, Issue 8 (August 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Thick stoichiometric hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings have been widely used to improve implants [...] Read more. Thick stoichiometric hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings have been widely used to improve implants osseointegration but they exhibit limitations. Ion-substituted HA films offer new perspectives, as their increased similarity to the host bone can boost their biological behavior, and ions can have an important therapeutic role. Here, we review the latest advances in ion-substituted films deposited by plasma-assisted techniques, allowing to obtain thin films with high adhesion and controlled release and, therefore, enhanced efficacy. View Paper here.