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IntroductionProtective hard coatings are appealing for several technological applications like solar cells, organic electronics, fuel cells, cutting tools and even for orthopaedic implants and prosthetic devices. At present for what concerns the application to prosthetic components, the coating of the surface of the metallic part with low-friction and low-wear materials has been proposed [1]. Concerning the use of ceramic materials in joint arthroplasty, zirconia-toughned-alumina (ZTA) reported high strength, fracture toughness, elasticity, hardness, and wear resistance [2]. The main goal of this study was to directly deposit ZTA coating by using a novel sputter-based electron deposition technique, namely Pulsed Plasma Deposition (PPD) [3]. The realized coatings have been preliminary characterized from the point of view of morphology, wettability, adhesion and friction coefficients.Materials and methodsZTA coatings were …
The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2016

Nicola Lopomo, Michele Bianchi, Marco Boi, Maria Cristina Maltarello, Fabiola Liscio, Andrea Visani, Alessandro Ortolani, Maurilio Marcacci, Alessandro Russo

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Volume: 98 Issue: SUPP_2 Pages: 155-155
Orthopaedic Proceedings