Scientific Fundamentals and Technological Development of Novel Biocompatible/Corrosion Resistant Ultrananocrystalline Diamond (UNCD) Coating Enabling Next Generation Superior Metal-Based Dental Implants
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Current Ti-based dental implants exhibit failure (2-10%), due to various mechanisms, including chemical corrosion of the surface of the TiO2 naturally covered Ti-based implants. This thesis focused on developing a unique biocompatible/bio-inert/corrosion resistant/low cost Ultrananocrystalline Diamond (UNCD) coating (with 3-5 nm grain size) for encapsulation of Tibased micro-implants to potentially eliminate the corrosion/mechanical induced failure of current commercial Ti-based dental implants. Microwave Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition (MPCVD) and Hot Filament Chemical Vapor Deposition (HFCVD) processes were used to grow UNCD coatings. The surface topography and chemistry of UNCD coatings were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies (XPS) respectively. In conclusion, this thesis contributed to establish the optimal conditions to grow UNCD coatings on the complex 3-D geometry of Ti-based micro-implants, with geometry similar to real implants, relevant to developing UNCD-coated Ti–based dental implants with superior mechanical/chemical performance than current Ti-based implants.