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Diamond-like carbon coating of alternative metal alloys for medical and surgical applications

Jones, Benjamin, Mahendran, A, Anson, AW, Reynolds, AJ, Bulpett, R and Franks, J (2010) Diamond-like carbon coating of alternative metal alloys for medical and surgical applications. Diamond and Related Materials, 19 (7-9). pp. 685-689. ISSN 0925-9635

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The effectiveness of a plasma-deposited, diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating on aluminium alloy based surgical instruments is investigated. Surgical instruments must satisfy a number of important criteria including biocompatibility, functional performance, sterility and cleanability, structural integrity, and fatigue resistance. The integrity of the DLC layer and the diffusion barrier properties are of paramount importance due to biocompatibility considerations of the underlying aluminium metal. We investigate optimisation of the coating with incorporation of silicon and variation in negative self bias, and highlight the design and manufacture of a lightweight laparoscopic assist instrument from aluminium alloy coated with diamond-like carbon, which has been used successfully in the clinical environment to improve operations such as cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal) and exploratory techniques for the diagnosis of cancer.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carbon Thin carbon films DLC Amorphous carbon Medical devices Surgical instruments Diffusion barrier Impact resistance Laparoscopy Diamond-like carbon
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Q Science > QD Chemistry
R Medicine > RD Surgery
Schools: School of Applied Sciences
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Depositing User: Ben Jones
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2013 16:39
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 19:29


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