Development of Silver Doped Hydroxyapatite Thin Films for Biomedical Applications

Simona Liliana Iconaru, Daniela Predoi*, Carmen Steluta Ciobanu, Mikael Motelica-Heino, Régis Guegan, Coralia Bleotu

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Silver doped hydroxyapatite [AgHAp, Ca10−xAg(PO4)6 (OH)2], due to its antimicrobial properties, is an advantageous material to be used for various coatings. The AgHAp thin films with xAg = 0.05 and xAg = 0.1 were achieved using the spin-coating method. The resulting samples were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XRD analysis revealed that the particles of both samples are ellipsoidal. Also, in agreement with the results obtained by XRD measurements, the results of the SEM studies have shown that the particles shape is ellipsoidal. Optical properties of silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films deposited on Si substrate were investigated through Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy. The results obtained by the two complementary techniques highlighted that the molecular structure of the studied samples is not influenced by the increase of the silver concentration in the samples. Our studies revealed that the surface morphology of the obtained samples consist of uniform and continuous layers. The biocompatibility of the obtained thin films was also evaluated with the aid of human osteosarcoma MG63 (ATCC CRL 1427) cell line. Moreover, the in vitro antifungal activity against Candida albicans fungal strain of the AgHAp thin films was studied and the obtained results revealed their antifungal effect. The results of the biological assays showed that the AgHAp thin films are a very promising material for biomedical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number341
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Mar


  • Biocompatibility
  • Hydroxyapatite
  • Silver
  • Surface morphology
  • Thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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