Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine

, Volume 21, Issue 9, pp 2543–2549

Synthesis and characterization of HAp nanorods from a cationic surfactant template method

  • J. M. Coelho
  • J. Agostinho Moreira
  • A. Almeida
  • F. J. Monteiro
Article

Abstract

Hydroxyapatite (HAp) [Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2] nanorods were synthesized using a surfactant templating method, with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) micelles acting as template for HAp growth. The effects of the sintering temperature on the morphological and crystallographic characteristics and on chemical composition of the “as-prepared” structures are discussed. The experimental results show that low heat-treatment temperatures are preferred in order to obtain high quality nanorods, with diameters ranging between 20 and 50 nm. High heat-treatment temperatures enhance the thermal decomposition of HAp into other calcium phosphate compounds, and the sintering of particles into micrometer ball-like structures. The stability of aqueous suspensions of HAp nanorods is also discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Coelho
    • 1
  • J. Agostinho Moreira
    • 1
  • A. Almeida
    • 1
  • F. J. Monteiro
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1. IFIMUP and IN—Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Departamento de Física e Astronomia, Faculdade de CiênciasUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Laboratório de BiomateriaisINEB—Instituto de Engenharia BiomédicaPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Departamento de Engenharia Metalúrgica e Materiais, Faculdade de EngenhariaUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal

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