Novel phosphate glasses for bone regeneration applications
Burling, Luke Donald (2006) Novel phosphate glasses for bone regeneration applications. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
Phosphate glass with additions of sodium, magnesium and/or calcium were investigated for their potential to be used as the reinforcing phase in a completely degradable long fibre composite. Glasses were prepared from phosphate salts as opposed to oxides and melted under air in platinum/gold crucibles. The effect of cation addition on the material properties and biocompatibility was investigated. Glasses were characterised using a number of complimentary techniques, including: XRD, XPS, DSC, IR and EDX. The findings from these techniques were used to explain the observed thermal and dissolution properties.
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