Structural and biocompatible characterization of TiC/a:C nanocomposite thin films

K. Balázsi, M. Vandrovcová, L. Bačáková, Cs Balázsi

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In this work, sputtered TiC/amorphous C thin films have been developed in order to be applied as potential barrier coating for interfering of Ti ions from pure Ti or Ti alloy implants. Our experiments were based on magnetron sputtering method, because the vacuum deposition provides great flexibility for manipulating material chemistry and structure, leading to films and coatings with special properties. The films have been deposited on silicon (001) substrates with 300 nm thick oxidized silicon sublayer at 200 C deposition temperature as model substrate. Transmission electron microscopy has been used for structural investigations. Thin films consisted of ∼ 20 nm TiC columnar crystals embedded by 5 nm thin amorphous carbon matrix. MG63 osteoblast cells have been applied for in vitro study of TiC nanocomposites. The cell culture tests give strong evidence of thin films biocompatibility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1671-1675
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering C
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2013


  • Biocompatibility
  • MG63
  • Nanocomposite
  • Osteoblast
  • TEM
  • TiC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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