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Comprehensive analysis of different coating materials on the POM substrate
Tonica Bončina, Srečko Glodež, Brigita Polanec, Lara Hočuršćak, Franc Zupanič, 2023, original scientific article

Abstract: This study presents a comprehensive analysis of different coating materials on the POM substrate. Specifically, it investigated physical vapour deposition (PVD) coatings of aluminium (Al), chromium (Cr), and chromium nitride (CrN) of three various thicknesses. The deposition of Al was accomplished through a three-step process, particularly plasma activation, metallisation of Al by magnetron sputtering, and plasma polymerisation. The deposition of Cr was attained using the magnetron sputtering technique in a single step. For the deposition of CrN, a two-step process was employed. The first step involved the metallisation of Cr using magnetron sputtering, while the second step involved the vapour deposition of CrN, obtained through the reactive metallisation of Cr and nitrogen using magnetron sputtering. The focus of the research was to conduct comprehensive indentation tests to obtain the surface hardness of the analysed multilayer coatings, SEM analyses to examine surface morphology, and thorough adhesion analyses between the POM substrate and the appropriate PVD coating.
Keywords: POM, PVD coating, metal coating, adhesion analyses, indentation tests
Published in DKUM: 15.02.2024; Views: 161; Downloads: 15
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Amoxicillin doped hyaluronic acid/fucoidan multifunctional coatings for medical grade stainless steel orthopedic implants
Matej Bračič, Sanja Potrč, Matjaž Finšgar, Lidija Gradišnik, Uroš Maver, Hanna Budasheva, Dorota Korte, Mladen Franko, Lidija Fras Zemljič, 2023, original scientific article

Abstract: This work investigated the potential of amoxicillin-doped hyaluronic acid/fucoidan multifunctional coatings on medical grade stainless steel as biocompatible, osteointegration enhancing, antimicrobial, and bacterial biofilm inhibiting coatings for orthopedic implants. The coatings were prepared by layer-by-layer spin coating and confirmed by optical contact angle goniometry and infrared spectroscopy. Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry showed a homogeneous distribution of the individual layers. In contrast, thermal diffusivity, and thermal conductivity measurements by photothermal beam deflection spectrometry showed diffusion of the amoxicillin into the hyaluronic acid and fucoidan layers. In vitro release of amoxicillin showed complete release within one hour, as reflected by the formation of inhibition zones against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Synergistic effects were observed between the hyaluronic acid and amoxicillin in inhibiting S.Aureus biofilm, and between the fucoidan and amoxicillin in improving the antioxidant properties by an ABTS radical scavenging assay. Biocompatibility was determined with human osteoblasts, confirming the potential of such multifunc- tional coatings to enhance the bioactivity of steel-based orthop edic implants.
Keywords: orthopedic implant, medical grade stainless steel, amoxicillin, hyaluronic acid, fucoidan, multifunctional coating
Published in DKUM: 18.08.2023; Views: 401; Downloads: 80
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Two-layer functional coatings of chitosan particles with embedded catechin and pomegranate extracts for potential active packaging
Sanja Potrč, Tjaša Kraševac Glaser, Alenka Vesel, Nataša Poklar Ulrih, Lidija Fras Zemljič, 2020, original scientific article

Abstract: Two-layer functional coatings for polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) films were developed for the active packaging concept. Prior to coating, the polymer films were activated by O$_2$ and NH$_3$ plasma to increase their surface free energy and to improve the binding capacity and stability of the coatings. The first layer was prepared from a macromolecular chitosan solution, while the second (upper) layer contained chitosan particles with embedded catechin or pomegranate extract. Functionalized films were analyzed physico-chemically to elemental composition using ATR-FTIR spectroscopy and XPS. Further, oxygen permeability and wettability (Contact Angle) were examined. The antimicrobial properties were analyzed by the standard ISO 22196 method, while the antioxidative properties were determined with an ABTS assay. Functionalized films show excellent antioxidative and antimicrobial efficacy. A huge decrease in oxygen permeability was achieved in addition. Moreover, a desorption experiment was also performed, confirming that the migration profile of a compound from the surfaces was in accordance with the required overall migration limit. All these properties indicate the great potential of the developed active films/foils for end-uses in food packaging.
Keywords: plazma, citozan, polifenoli, aktivno pakiranje, plasma, chitosan, polyphenols, coating, active package
Published in DKUM: 12.07.2023; Views: 446; Downloads: 25
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Wear Behaviour of Multilayer Al-PVD-Coated Polymer Gears
Tonica Bončina, Brigita Polanec, Franc Zupanič, Srečko Glodež, 2022, original scientific article

Abstract: A comprehensive experimental investigation of the wear behaviour of coated spur polymer gears made of POM is performed in this study. Three different thicknesses of aluminium (Al) coatings were investigated and deposited by the Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) process. The Al coating was deposited in three steps: By plasma activation, metallisation of the aluminium by the magnetron sputtering process, and plasma polymerisation. The wear of the gears was tested on an in-house developed testing rig for different torques (16, 20, and 24 Nm) and a rotational speed of 1000 rpm. The duration of the experiments was set to 13 h, when the tooth thickness and, consequently, the wear of the tooth flank were recorded. The experimental results showed that the influence of metallisation with aluminium surface coatings on the wear behaviour of the analysed polymer gear is not significantly important. The results also showed that the gears with a thicker aluminium coating showed greater wear than gears with a thinner coating or even without a coating. This is probably due to the fact that the aluminium particles that started to deviate during gear operation represented the abrasive material, which led to the faster wear of the contacting surfaces of the meshing gear flanks.
Keywords: polymer gears, aluminium PVD coating, Physical Vapour Deposition process, multilayer coating, wear
Published in DKUM: 15.11.2022; Views: 452; Downloads: 52
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Complementary assessment of commercial photoluminescent pigments printed on cotton fabric
Selestina Gorgieva, Natalija Virant, Alenka Ojstršek, original scientific article

Abstract: The presented study focuses on photoluminescent pigments applied on cotton fabric by a screen-printed procedure using polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) as a binder. Microscopic data depicts irregular shapes and relatively wide size distribution (3–80 µm) of pigments. Regarding composition,the Energy-Dispersive X-ray (EDX) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy data complement findings suggesting the presence of Eu-doped strontium aluminate in the yellow-green,calcium aluminate in the violet pigment, and metal oxides in the blue pigment.
Keywords: photoluminescent pigments, cotton fabric, screen-printing, photoluminescent PDMS coating, confocal microscopy, spectroscopy, printed cotton fabrics, pigments
Published in DKUM: 08.04.2021; Views: 825; Downloads: 82
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Design, Characterisation and Applications of Cellulose-Based Thin Films, Nanofibers and 3D Printed Structures : A Laboratory Manual
Tanja Pivec, Tamilselvan Mohan, Rupert Kargl, Manja Kurečič, Karin Stana-Kleinschek, 2021, other educational material

Abstract: The introduction of the Laboratory Manual gives the theoretical bases on cellulose and its derivatives, which are used as starting polymers for the preparation of multifunctional polymers with three different advanced techniques - spin coating, electrospinning and 3D printing. In the following, each technique is presented in a separate Lab Exercise. Each exercise covers the theoretical basics on techniques for polymer processing and methods for their characterisation, with an emphasis on the application of prepared materials. The experimental sections contain all the necessary information needed to implement the exercises, while the added results provide students with the help to implement correct and successful exercises and interpret the results.
Keywords: multifunctional polymers, polysaccharides, cellulose, electrospun, spin coating, 3D printing, nanofibers, thin films, multifunctional materials, laboratory manuals
Published in DKUM: 09.03.2021; Views: 842; Downloads: 23
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Spin-coating for optical-oxigen-sensor preparation
Polonca Brglez, Andrej Holobar, Aleksandra Pivec, Mitja Kolar, 2014, original scientific article

Abstract: Thin-film oxygen sensors were prepared using the spin-coating technique, where a tris (4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline) ruthenium(II) dichloride complex (RuDPP) in various solvents and silicones deposited on different substrates was used for the sensor production. By changing the spin-coating set-up parameters, homogeneous sensor coatings and the optimum sensor response to oxygen were studied – the sensors were exposed to various concentrations of oxygen within the range from 0% to 100 %. During the presented study, the optimum results were obtained when a 150 µL of sensor solution was applied to a Dataline foil using silicone E4 and a chloroform solvent. A spin coater with the following three rotation stages was used: 750/700 r/min for 3 s, 300 r/min for 3 s and 150 r/min for 4 s. The spin-coating technique has several benefits: it is fast, easy to use and appropriate for low-volume operations. It allows modifications and preparations of several sensor series using the minimum reagent consumption. However, the disadvantage of this technique also has to be mentioned, namely, an uneven film thickness in the radial direction. The film thickness mainly depends on the experimental set-up (volume, rotation time and speed, solvent viscosity and evaporation). Spin coating as an alternative and very flexible technique for an oxygen-sensor preparation is suggested for the laboratory-scale work, where the majority of experimental data could be used when other new coating methods are also researched and implemented.
Keywords: optical sensors, spin coating, oxigen
Published in DKUM: 21.12.2015; Views: 1693; Downloads: 99
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PRIPRAVA IN KARAKTERIZACIJA NOVIH POLISAHARIDNIH MATERIALOV
Matej Hribar, 2015, master's thesis

Abstract: Namen magistrskega dela je bil priprava novih polisaharidnih materialov in njihova karakterizacija. V prvem delu smo preučevali homogeno reakcijo sililiranja hidroksietil celuloze (HEC) in homogeno reakcijo sililiranja hitina. Skupno smo opravili 9 sintez z uporabo različnih sililirnih sredstev in pri različnih reakcijskih pogojih. Nastale produkte reakcij smo analizirali z IR spektroskopijo in preverili topnost produktov v nekaterih organskih topilih. V drugem delu pa smo se ukvarjali s pripravo tankih filmov celuloze in njenih derivatov s pomočjo ''spin-coating'' tehnike ter kemijsko in površinsko karakterizacijo le-teh. Tanke filme smo pripravili iz raztopin celuloznega acetata (CA), etil celuloze (EC), trimetilsilil celuloze (TMSC) in dvokomponentnih mešanic v različnih razmerjih. Na eni ponovitvi filmov smo izvedli tudi postopek regeneracije. Pripravili smo tudi debelejše filme in njihove regenerirane ponovitve. V zadnjem delu smo izvedli karakterizacijo tankih filmov. Za pridobitev informacij o površinskih in kemijskih lastnostih tankih filmov smo izvedli meritve stičnega kota, opravili IR spektroskopijo, izvedli meritev adsorpcije različnih proteinov na pripravljene tanke filme s tehniko QCM-D in naredili topografske meritve s tehniko AFM. Na debelejših filmih smo izvedli le meritve stičnega kota. Z reakcijami sililiranja HEC smo uspešno sintetizirali želen produkt. V primeru sililiranja hitina želenega produkta nismo uspeli sintetizirati. Nastali produkti reakcij so v organskih topilih slabo topni oz. nabrekajo. Z analizo IR spektroskopije tankih filmov smo dokazali uspešno cepitev na predvideni vezi in nastanek –OH skupine po opravljenem postopku regeneracije. Zaradi nastanka novih –OH skupin po postopku regeneracije je postala površina bolj hidrofilna, kar smo dokazali z meritvami stičnega kota. Meritve adsorpcije proteinov so pokazale, da imajo hidrofobne površine večjo težnjo po ireverzibilni vezavi govejega serumskega albumina (BSA), medtem ko ima fibrinogen visoko afiniteto do adsorpcije na površino celuloznega acetata. Razviti materiali kažejo na potencialno uporabo na področju biomedicine, kot so na primer površine senzorjev ali pa biokompatibilne plasti, ki preprečujejo obraščanje.
Keywords: celuloza in celulozni derivati, hitin, sililiranje, tanki filmi, spin-coating, ATR-FTIR, stični kot, adsorpcija proteinov, QCM-D, AFM
Published in DKUM: 21.10.2015; Views: 2042; Downloads: 258
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Characterization of defects in PVD TiAlN hard coatings
Peter Gselman, Tonica Bončina, Franc Zupanič, Peter Panjan, Darja Kek-Merl, Miha Čekada, 2012, original scientific article

Abstract: PVD hard coatings are continuously gaining their importance in different fields of applications. In industrial use, they are often exposed to corrosive environments. Hard coatings possess inherently good corrosion resistance, but the substrate-hard coating systems may suffer from a severe corrosion attack due to the defects (craters, pin holes) in the coatings. On the sites, where defects extend through the coating, pitting corrosion can take place. These sites are drawbacks in the applications of hard coating. A PVD TiAlN hard coating was prepared on cold-work, tool-steel (AISI D2) substrates by sputtering using unbalanced magnetron sources. The growth defects incorporated into the coating were studied after the deposition and corrosion experiments. We used two methods: (1) scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for general overview of the coating topography and 2D-characterization of defects, and (2) scanning electron microscopy with a focused ion beam (SEM-FIB) for making serial cross-sections through the selected defects in order to provide images for a 3D-reconstruction of defects. In this work we tried to investigate the formation of a defect at a specific location and findout whether the selected defect causes pitting corrosion.
Keywords: trde prevleke, PVD prevleke, defekti, jamičasta korozija, mikrostruktura, PVD hard coating, defect, pitting corrosion, microstructure
Published in DKUM: 10.07.2015; Views: 1330; Downloads: 99
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