Vascular endothelial cell compatibility of superhard ternary Ti-Si-N coatings with different Si contents

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-63
Journal / PublicationVacuum
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


Superhard ternary Ti-Si-N coatings with different Si atomic concentrations are deposited on titanium alloy substrates by arc-enhanced magnetron sputtering (AEMS) and the vascular endothelial cell compatibility is studied. In vitro studies show that the surface hydrophilicity and hemolysis are about the same as those of the titanium alloy control and platelet adhesion and protein adsorption tests suggest a close relationship between the surface energy and blood compatibility. Endothelial cells cultures reveal better proliferation and anti-platelet adhesion on the coatings compared to the titanium alloy control and the Ti-Si-N coating with 20 at% Si exhibits excellent endothelialization. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Blood compatibility, Endothelialization, Ti-Si-N coatings