Raman spectroscopy for the study of porous composite alumina coating

A. Bertoluzza, C. Fagnano, A. Tinti, A. Toni, G. Ciapetti, A. Sudanese, C. Cattaneo

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A new acetabular cup prosthesis made of alumina and bioactive glass was studied and evaluated using nondestructive and noninvasive Raman laser spectroscopy. The prosthesis consists of an alumina socket coated with a double layer of alumina beads bonded to the prosthesis with a layer of glass. Raman spectroscopy showed that both the socket and the beads are composed of α-Al2O3 (corundum), while the bioactive glass (alkaline and alkaline earth alumosilicate with a small quantity of zirconium oxide) was found to have an intermediate structure between that of vitreous silica and that of alkaline and alkaline earth disilicate glasses. The Raman spectra of the contact surfaces between the bioactive glass and the alumina of the assembled prosthesis and of an alumina disk coated with the same glass showed the presence of new bands which may be correlated with a chemical interaction between the components of the prosthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-528
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biomedical Materials Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomaterials


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