Characterization and dissolution behavior of sputtered calcium phosphate coatings after different postdeposition heat treatment temperatures.

Y. Yang, C. M. Agrawal, K. H. Kim, H. Martin, K. Schulz, I. D. Bumgardner, J. L. Ong

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There is a lack of correlation between specific properties of hydroxyapatite coating surfaces, osseointegration processes, and implant success. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between well-characterized structural and chemical properties of radio-frequency sputtered calcium phosphate (CaP) coatings and their dissolution behavior. Sputtered CaP coatings were evaluated as-sputtered (non-heat treated) or after 1 hour of postsputter heat treatments at 400 degrees C or 600 degrees C. All coatings were characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and contact angle measurement. The dissolution behavior of CaP coatings in the presence and absence of proteins was also investigated. It was observed from this study that as-sputtered CaP coatings were amorphous. The 400 degrees C heat-treated CaP coatings exhibited low crystallinity (1.9% +/- 0.4%), whereas the 600 degrees C heat-treated CaP coatings were highly crystalline (67.0% +/- 2.4%). The increase of Ca/P ratio, PO4/HPO4 ratio, and the number of PO4 peaks were observed to be consistent with the increase in heating temperature and the degrees of coating crystallinity. Phosphorus ions released from CaP coatings decreased with the increase of crystallinity of CaP coatings. In addition, immersion of CaP coatings in media containing proteins resulted in an increase in P ions released as compared with coatings immersed in media without proteins. It was concluded that the degree of CaP coating crystallinity can be controlled by varying the postdeposition heat-treatment temperature. It was also concluded that, aside from coating crystallinity, dissolution and reprecipitation of the coatings can be controlled by knowing the presence of proteins in the media and PO4/HPO4 ratio within the coatings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-277
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of oral implantology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery


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