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Three-dimensional biomimetic mineralization of dense hydrogel templates

  • Author(s): Liu, G
  • Zhao, D
  • Tomsia, AP
  • Minor, AM
  • Song, X
  • Saiz, E
  • et al.

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(Chemical Equation) An electric-current-assisted method was used to mineralize dense hydrogels and create hydroxyapatite/hydrogel composites with unique hierarchical structures. The microstructure of the final material can be controlled by the mineralization technique and the chemistry of the organic matrix. A hydroxyapatite/hydrogel composite was obtained with a large inorganic content (∼60% of the weight of the organics). After being heated to 1050°C, the sintered inorganic phase has a very uniformly distributed porosity and its Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area is 0.68 m2/g. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

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