, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp 535-540

Microstructure and Chemical States of Hydroxyapatite/silk Fibroin Nanocomposites Synthesized via A Wet-mechanochemical Route

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Hydroxyapaptite (HAp)/silk fibroin (SF) nanocomposites were prepared via a wet-mechanochemical route at room temperature. The results reveal that the inorganic phase in the composites is carbonate-substituted HAp containing 2.9–3.1 wt% of carbonate ions. The primary HAp crystals are rod-like in shape with a typical size of 20–30 nm in length and 8–10 nm in width, and lattice parameters a = 9.423 Å, c = 6.888 Å. The self-assembled HAp crystals along their c-axes aggregate into bundles, which are connected with SF fibrils. Consequently, a three-dimensional porous network is formed in the composite, which is beneficial to inducing new bone formation in practical implantation.