A simple method to prepare calcium phosphate coatings on Ti6Al4V

  • H. B WEN
  • J. R DE WIJN
  • Q LIU
  • F. Z CUI


A two-step chemical treatment followed by immersion in a supersaturated calcification solution (SCS) was found to be a simple way to prepare calcium phosphate (Ca–P) coatings on Ti6Al4V. The Ca–P deposition on the treated metallic surfaces could be accelerated by employing a pre-calcification (Pre-Ca) procedure prior to immersion in SCS. The two-step treatment was performed by etching the metallic plates with a mixture of HCl and H2SO4 followed by ageing in boiling diluted NaOH solution at 140°C. Pre-Ca was carried out by incubating the two-step treated plates in Na2HPO4 solution and then in saturated Ca(OH)2 solution. The formation of a bioactive microporous surface oxide layer on Ti6Al4V by the two-step treatment was most probably responsible for the induction of Ca–P precipitation. The deposition rates and compositions of Ca–P coatings in two different SCSs were investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and infrared spectrophotometry.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. B WEN
    • 1
  • J. R DE WIJN
    • 2
  • Q LIU
  • F. Z CUI
  1. 1.Biomaterials Research GroupLeiden UniversityMB BilthovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringTsinghua UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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