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Surface Modeling of Ceramic Biomaterials

  • Marta CornoEmail author
  • Piero Ugliengo
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6178-0_100938-1



A surface of a generic solid material can be considered as the topmost boundary layer of the material. If a crystalline solid is theoretically described as the infinite repetition of a unit cell in the three dimensions of space, the surface can be considered as the greatest defect of the crystal itself, since it interrupts the periodicity, though a real crystal is a macroscopic object made of finite atoms. Indeed, physical and chemical phenomena are in a large number of cases occurring at the interface between a solid material and the environment, i.e., at its surface. To further highlight the relevance of surfaces in science, it is sufficient to mention that the 2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Gerhard Ertl “for his studies of chemical processes on solid surfaces”[1]. To this respect in the last decades, computational methods have become relevant in the study of surface...


Surface Modeling Slab Thickness Biomineralization Process Charged Plane Hydroxyapatite Surface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of TorinoTorinoItaly