Modification of polylactic acid surface using RF plasma discharge with sputter deposition of a hydroxyapatite target for increased biocompatibility

S. I. Tverdokhlebov, E. N. Bolbasov, E. V. Shesterikov, L. V. Antonova, A. S. Golovkin, V. G. Matveeva, Danila Gennadievich Petlin, Y. G. Anissimov

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Surface modification of polylactic acid (PLLA) by plasma of radio-frequency magnetron discharge with hydroxyapatite target sputtering was investigated. Increased biocompatibility was demonstrated using studies with bone marrow multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells. Atomic force microscopy demonstrates that the plasma treatment modifies the surface morphology of PLLA to produce rougher surface. Infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction revealed that changes in the surface morphology are caused by the processes of PLLA crystallization. Fluorescent X-ray spectroscopy showed that the plasma treatment also changes the chemical composition of PLLA, enriching it with ions of the sputtered target: calcium, phosphorus and oxygen. It is hypothesized that these surface modifications increase biocompatibility of PLLA without increasing toxicity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-39
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Surface Science
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2015



  • Biocompatibility
  • Biomaterial
  • Calcium-phosphate
  • Magnetron sputter deposition
  • Polylactic acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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