Preparation and characterization of porous bioceramic layers on pure titanium surfaces obtained by micro-arc oxidation process

Chi Sheng Chien, Yu Chien Hung, Ting Fu Hong, Chung Chun Wu, Tsung Yuan Kuo, Tzer Min Lee, Tze Yuan Liao, Huan Chang Lin, Cheng Hsin Chuang

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Fluorapatite (FA) has better chemical and thermal stability than hydroxyapatite (HA), and has thus attracted significant interest for biomaterial applications in recent years. In this study, porous bioceramic layers were prepared on pure titanium surfaces using a micro-arc oxidation (MAO) technique with an applied voltage of 450 V and an oxidation time of 5 min. The MAO process was performed using three different electrolyte solutions containing calcium fluoride (CaF2), calcium acetate monohydrate (Ca(CH3COO)2·H2O), and sodium phosphate monobasic dihydrate (NaH2PO4·2H2O) mixed in ratios of 0:2:1, 1:1:1, and 2:0:1, respectively. The surface morphology, composition, micro-hardness, porosity, and biological properties of the various MAO coatings were examined and compared. The results showed that as the CaF2/Ca(CH3COO)2·H2O ratio increased, the elemental composition of the MAO coating transformed from HA, A-TiO2 (Anatase) and R-TiO2 (Rutile); to A-TiO2, R-TiO2, and a small amount of HA; and finally A-TiO2, R-TiO2, CaF2, TiP2O5, and FA. The change in elemental composition was accompanied by a higher micro-hardness and a lower porosity. The coatings exhibited a similar in vitro bioactivity performance during immersion in simulated body fluid for 7–28 days. Furthermore, for in initial in vitro biocompatibility tests performed for 24 h using Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle Medium (DMEM) supplement containing 10%Fetal bovine serum, the attachment and spreading of osteoblast-like osteosarcoma MG63 cells were found to increase slightly with an increasing CaF2/Ca(CH3COO)2·H2O ratio. In general, the results presented in this study show that all three MAO coatings possess a certain degree of in vitro bioactivity and biocompatibility.

Original languageEnglish
Article number204
JournalApplied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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