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The manufacture of a novel 3D hydroxyapatite microstructure derived from cuttlefish bones for potential tissue engineering applications

Poinern, G.E.J. and Fawcett, D. (2013) The manufacture of a novel 3D hydroxyapatite microstructure derived from cuttlefish bones for potential tissue engineering applications. American Journal of Materials Science, 3 (5). pp. 13-135.

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Abstract

Porous three-dimensional hydroxyapatite scaffolds were synthesised from aragonitic cuttlefish bones via a microwave based technique. Due to its close similarity to the mineral phase found in the natural human bone matrix, synthetically produced hydroxyapatite is considered a viable apatite substitute for natural bone in a number of biomedical applications. The X-ray diffraction data confirms the conversion of crystalline formations of calcium carbonate, the main component of the cuttlefish, to hydroxyapatite. The synthesis process is straightforward, efficient and creates a highly porous 3 dimensional microstructure that has the potential to be used in a wide range of hard tissue engineering applications such as bone repair, filling material and bone augmentation.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: Scientific & Academic Publishing
Copyright: © 2013 Scientific & Academic Publishing.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/18359
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