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A comprehensive study on electrophoretic deposition of a novel type of collagen and hexagonal boron nitride reinforced hydroxyapatite/chitosan biocomposite coating

A novel family of Hydroxyapatite/Chitosan/Collagen/h-BN biocomposite coatings were successfully produced by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). A new type of polyelectrolyte consisting of water, ethanol and isopropyl alcohol was used for EPD process. Collagen (main ligament of human bone) and h-BN (a promising solid lubricant) has been used as supporting materials for biocomposite coatings. The effect of h-BN concentration in the EPD suspension has been investigated. Crystallographic, morphological, spectroscopical, corrosion protection performance, thermal behaviour, mechanical and tribological, topographical and in-vitro biocompatibility investigations have been carried out by XRD, FE-SEM, FTIR, Tafel extrapolation and EIS, TGA/DSC, nanoindentation and nanoscratch, SPM and 12-weeks of immersion into r-SBF, respectively. Corrosion protection performance and mechanical and tribological properties of the coatings have been improved with increase in h-BN concentration in deposition suspension up to 5?g·L?1 and worsen with further increase. The results are encouraging for in-vivo applications of HA/CTS/COL/h-BN biocomposite coatings.

» Author: Ali Tozar, ?smail H. Karahan

» Reference: Applied Surface Science, Volume 452

» Publication Date: 15/09/2018

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This project has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [609149].

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