Use of Silver-Containing Layers at Implant Surfaces(2013)
The disclosure relates to coatings that contain silver, either in the form of metallic silver, silver oxides, salts of silver, or combinations of these. The silver is present in a microparticulate or nanoparticulate form, which exerts antimicrobial activity when bacteria (e.g., in a body fluid) contact the coated surface. The coatings are applied through accumulation of silver-containing particles on the surface, such as by sputtering or electron beam vapor deposition. As a result, their thickness, particle size, and density can be controlled. Furthermore, the surface can also be coated with other substances, such as diamond-like carbon or alumina, either as a discrete layer or intermixed with the silver-containing particles.
Publication DateDecember 26, 2013
Citation InformationRobert Ostrum, Jeffrey Hettinger, Robert Krchnavek and Gregory A. Caputo. "Use of Silver-Containing Layers at Implant Surfaces" (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert-krchnavek/3/