Mechanical properties and antibacterial activity of copper doped diamond-like carbon films

Yu Hao Chan, Chung Fang Huang, Keng Liang Ou, Pei Wen Peng

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A hydrogenated diamond-like carbon (a-C:H) with a copper dopant (Cu/a-C:H) was deposited on glass substrates using a combined radio-frequency plasma and magnetron sputtering deposition process under various Ar/CH4 gas mixtures. The effects of the Cu content on the structure and properties of the a-C:H matrix were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and nano-indentation. The bacterial activity of a Cu/a-C:H film was evaluated with Escherichia coli (E. coli). TEM images and XRD spectra demonstrated that composite films containing copper nanoparticles embedded in the a-C:H were deposited on the glass substrates. The Raman spectra showed the structure of a-C:H film was substantially changed by the incorporation of Cu. The Cu/a-C:H films offered superior antibacterial activity against E. coli indicating that they could be suitable for surface coatings in cardiovascular applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1037-1040
Number of pages4
JournalSurface and Coatings Technology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 15 2011


  • A-C:H film
  • Antibacterial activity
  • Copper dopant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Surfaces and Interfaces


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