Synthesis, characterization and sintering properties of Zr-doped hydroxyapatite
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Improving of material characteristics could be achieved in different ways, but it is always connected with the issue of impairing the other functional properties. Hydroxyapatite bioceramics lacks of insufficient mechanical properties for load-bearing implant applications. Nowadays, making of composites, nanostructuring and doping of basic material are some of the promising pathways for hydroxyapatite toughening. Until now, Zr is not considered as fortifying dopant in hydroxyapatite based materials. However, it could be interesting in the sense of nontoxicity, preserved biocompatibility and incorporation in hydroxyapatite crystal lattice since it possesses lower crystalographic radius. In this study, preliminary experiments of chemical precipitation are performed to obtain hydroxyapatite with various Zr content. The crystal phase composition, particle size and morphology changes compared to pure hydroxyapatite are studied. Sintering is performed to find appropriate conditions for fabric...ation of dense material. Vickers hardness and fracture toughness were also measured.
Keywords:hydroxyapatite / Zr doping / sintering / chemical precipitation
Source:Program and the Book of Abstracts / Tenth Young Researchers' Conference Materials Science and Engineering, December 21-23, 2011, Belgrade, Serbia, 2011, 1-1
- Belgrade : Institute of Technical Sciences of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts