Controlling surface microstructure of calcium phosphate ceramic from random to custom-design

Liao Wang, Xiaoman Luo, D. Barbieri, Chongyun Bao, Huipin Yuan

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Calcium phosphate ceramics have long been studied as bone graft substitutes due to their similarity with the mineral constitute of bone and teeth, excellent biocompatibility and bioactivity. Chemical composition, macrostructure and surface microstructure are believed to be important for the bone formation within calcium phosphate ceramics. Surface microstructure has shown its crucial role in the osteogenic response of calcium phosphate ceramics; however the presence of surface irregularities and random distribution of surface microstructure in traditional calcium phosphate ceramics make it difficult to explain how surface microstructure play its role in bone formation. In the present study, we evaluated the influence of various starting apatites and sintering temperatures on the surface microstructure of the resulting hydroxyapatite ceramics. In order to minimize the randomness of the surface microstructure, laser ablation was used to generate custom-designed surface microstructures. The resulting hydroxyapatite ceramics with controlled surface microstructures would be helpful to study the role of surface microstructure on bone formation and may provide useful information for further optimization of calcium phosphate ceramics for bone regeneration
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7889-7897
JournalCeramics international
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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