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Title: Tribology and hydrophobicity of a biocompatible GPTMS/PFPE coating on Ti6Al4V surfaces
Authors: Panjwani, B. 
Sinha, S. 
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: Panjwani, B., Sinha, S. (2012). Tribology and hydrophobicity of a biocompatible GPTMS/PFPE coating on Ti6Al4V surfaces. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 15 : 103-111. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Tribological properties of perfluoropolyether (PFPE) coated 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxy silane (GPTMS) SAMs (self-assembled monolayers) onto Ti6Al4V alloy substrate were studied using ball-on-disk experiments. GPTMS SAMs deposition onto a Ti6Al4V alloy surface was carried out using solution phase method. Ultra-thin layer of PFPE was dip-coated onto SAMs modified specimens. Tribological tests were carried out at 0.2. N normal load and rotational speed of 200. rpm using track radius of 2. mm. Wear track and counterface surface conditions were investigated using optical microscopy. PFPE modified specimens were baked at 150. °C for 1. h to investigate the effect of thermal treatment on tribological properties. Surface characterization tests such as contact angle measurement, AFM morphology and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were carried out for differently modified specimens. PFPE overcoat meets the requirements of cytotoxicity test using the ISO 10993-5 elution method. PFPE top layer lowered the coefficient of friction and increased wear durability for different specimens (with and without GPTMS intermediate layer). PFPE overcoat onto GPTMS showed significant increase in the wear resistance compared with overcoat onto bare Ti6Al4V specimens. The observed improvement in the tribological properties can be attributed to the change in the interaction of PFPE molecules with the substrate surface due to the GPTMS intermediate layer. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Source Title: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
ISSN: 17516161
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2012.06.016
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