Nano-Bioceramic Production via Mechano-Chemical Conversion (Ultrasonication)

Oktar F. N., Agathopoulos S., Ozyegin L. S., Turner I. G., Gunduz O., Demirkol N., ...More

24th Symposium and Annual Meeting of International Society for Ceramics in Medicine (ISCM 2012), Fukuoka, Japan, 21 - 24 October 2012, pp.609-610 identifier identifier


The production of nano-calcium phosphate powders, such as HA (hydroxyapatite), from synthetic chemicals can be expensive and time consuming. The skeleton or shells of sea creatures (e.g. sea urchins, shells, corals) could be an alternative source of materials to produce very fine and even nano-structured calcium phosphate biomaterial powders. Hydrothermal conversion under very high pressures or methods such as hot-plating (chemical) or ultrasonication (mechano-chemical), have been proposed to transform naturally derived CaCO3, e.g. aragonite, into apatite based materials. The aim of the present work was to prepare inexpensive nano-sized HA and TCP bioceramics powders from a local sea snail shells as a possible raw material for HA/TCP bioceramics.