Ion-beam irradiation of DLC-based nanocomposite: Creation of a highly biocompatible surface

Oleksiy V. Penkov, Mehdi Kheradmandfard, Mahdi Khadem, Mahshid Kharaziha, Rouhollah Mirzaamiri, Kuk Jin Seo, Dae Eun Kim

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Ion-beam irradiation of diamond-like carbon (DLC) by He ions was studied. Molecular dynamics simulation was performed to understand the effects of irradiation on the nano-topography and chemical state of the coatings and determine the optimal irradiation conditions. Then, the experiment was conducted to validate the results of the simulation and correlate surface modifications to biomedical properties. It was demonstrated that the irradiation led to the formation of a low-density and low-sp 3 content surface layer. The structural and chemical properties of the final surface were nearly independent of the initial sp 3 content and irradiation energy. The biocompatibility of DLC-based nanocomposite coatings was significantly improved by ion-beam irradiation. Nanocomposite coatings were irradiated by 1 keV He ions. Irradiation with a dose of 4.2 × 10 15 ion/cm 2 increased the adhesion of MG63 cells dramatically from 10 to ∼100%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)896-903
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Surface Science
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Mar 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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