Author(s): Walsh PJ, Walker GM, Maggs CA, Buchanan FJ
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Abstract A sustainable marine-derived bioceramic with a unique porous structure has been developed for hard tissue repair. The conversion of alga was achieved through a novel technique, involving well controlled thermal processing followed by low pressure-temperature hydrothermal synthesis. In its preparation, a heat treatment step was required to remove the organic compounds from the algae, which reinforces the mineralised matrices. Its removal is necessary to prevent issue such as immune biocompatibility and ensure phase purity of the resultant biomaterial. This paper investigates the hydrothermal technique used for the transformation of mineralised red algae to hydroxyapatite that preserves the algae's unique structure. It specifically focuses on the effects of heat treatment on the morphology of the algae, TGA, SEM and hot stage XRD to quantity the changes.
This article was published in J Mater Sci Mater Med
and referenced in Journal of Tissue Science & Engineering