Formation of diamond like carbon films on materials for medical application


The aim of this experimental work is to identify how the surfaces of materials that are most often used inmedical implants and prostheses, affect the properties of the deposited amorphous carbon films. The DLCfilms were formed on the stainless steel, aluminium, polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and polycaprolactone(PCL) surfaces by PECVD method using C2H2 gas plasma and their properties was compared with the filmsdeposited on silicon. The differences of the films properties were determined by a null-ellipsometry and Ramanspectroscopy. It was found that the thicknesses of the carbon coatings deposited on metallic substratesare larger than on the silicon when the deposition conditions were the same. When the films are formed athigh bias voltage the refractive index of the DLC films deposited on stainless steel are lower compared tothe coatings on silicon but the extinction coefficients are higher. Raman spectra shows that sp2 bonds concentrationis higher in this case. When the ion energy is lowest (bias voltage -400 V), Raman spectroscopyshows that D peak isn’t observed on the Si-deposited carbon coating, while the typical carbon amorphouscoating is formed on the Al substrate. The thickness of amorphous carbon coatings deposited on the polymersdepends on the bias voltage, and the optical properties depend on the type of polymer. The coatingsdeposited on PCL have a much higher refractive index than on PEEK.
Key words: amorphous carbon films, steel, aluminum, polyetheretherketone, polycaprolactone, Ramanspectroscopy.
How to Cite
RUTKUNIENE, Z.; BALANDYTE, M.; KARBAUSKYTE, G.. Formation of diamond like carbon films on materials for medical application. Physical Sciences and Technology, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 1-2, p. 35-40, july 2021. ISSN 2409-6121. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 19 jan. 2022. doi:
Condensed Matter Physics and Related Techology