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High-Performance Biocompatible Ag-DLC Coatings - Precise and Localized Silver Doping Through Novel Helium Pulse Injections

Project description

High-performance silver doped carbon coatings for biomedical applications

Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films present exceptional mechanical properties that make them ideal as protective coatings. Due to their high hardness, low friction, and biocompatibility with living cells, silver-doped DLC coatings are highly valued in the biomedical field. Increased amounts of silver in the coating have shown to improve its biocompatibility, but excessive amounts could reduce its mechanical strength and durability and prove to be toxic to humans. The EU-funded HePULSE project plans to synthesise DLC coatings with a precise amount of silver nanoparticles at specific locations in the coating. The silver nanoparticles will be created in situ by rapid plasma quenching and simultaneously embedded in the DLC matrix in a single-step process.

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Sutherland Building College Street
NE1 8ST Newcastle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 224 933,76