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dc.contributor.authorJones, BJ-
dc.contributor.authorMahendran, A-
dc.contributor.authorAnson, AW-
dc.contributor.authorReynolds, AJ-
dc.contributor.authorBulpett, R-
dc.contributor.authorFranks, J-
dc.identifier.citationDiamond and Related Materials. 19(7-9): 685-689en
dc.description.abstractThe effectiveness of a plasma-deposited, diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating on aluminium alloy based surgical instruments is investigated. Surgical instruments must satisfy a number of important criteria including biocompatibility, functional performance, sterility and cleanability, structural integrity, and fatigue resistance. The integrity of the DLC layer and the diffusion barrier properties are of paramount importance due to biocompatibility considerations of the underlying aluminium metal. We investigate optimisation of the coating with incorporation of silicon and variation in negative self bias, and highlight the design and manufacture of a lightweight laparoscopic assist instrument from aluminium alloy coated with diamond-like carbon, which has been used successfully in the clinical environment to improve operations such as cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal) and exploratory techniques for the diagnosis of cancer.en
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dc.subjectThin carbon filmsen
dc.subjectAmorphous carbonen
dc.subjectMedical devicesen
dc.subjectSurgical instrumentsen
dc.subjectDiffusion barrieren
dc.subjectImpact resistanceen
dc.subjectDiamond-like carbonen
dc.titleDiamond-like carbon coating of alternative metal alloys for medical and surgical applicationsen
dc.typeResearch Paperen
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