Wear mechanisms of the biotribological nanocomposite a‐C : H coatings implanted by metallic nanoparticles
Publication from Materials
Major L., Janusz M., Lackner J.M., Kot M., Dyner M., Major B.
Journal of Microscopy 268(1), Pages 94-104, 10/2017
Recently, to reduce the residual stress and increase the mechanical properties of a‐C:H coatings, metallic nanoparticles have been implanted into their structure. In the present work, to improve the properties of the coating, metallic nanoparticles, including Cu, Nb, Ta, Zr, AgPt and Ag, were inserted into the a‐C:H structure. The applied biological and mechanical analysis allowed the optimal biotribological parameters to be indicated for the potential application as protective coatings for metallic medical tools. Wear mechanisms operating at the small length of the designed biotribological coating, such as a‐C:H implanted by Zr nanoparticles, were studied by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The TEM analysis confirmed very good coating adhesion to the metallic substrate.