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  1. Nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite doped with magnesium and zinc: Synthesis and characterization

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    Kalita, Samar J. [Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816-2450 (United States)]. E-mail: samar@mail.ucf.edu; Bhatt, Himesh A. [Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816-2450 (United States)

    2007-05-16

    During recent years, there have been efforts in developing nanocrystalline bioceramics, to enhance their mechanical and biological properties for use in tissue engineering applications. In this research, we made an attempt to synthesize nanocrystalline bioactive hydroxyapatite (Ca{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2}, HAp) ceramic powder in the lower-end of nano-range (2-10 nm), using a simple low-temperature sol-gel technique and studied its densification behavior. We further studied the effects of metal ion dopants during synthesis on powder morphology, and the properties of the sintered structures. Calcium nitrate and triethyl phosphite were used as precursors for calcium and phosphorous, respectively, for sol-gel synthesis. Calculated quantities of magnesium oxide and zinc oxide were incorporated as dopants into amorphous dried powder, prior to calcination at 250-550 {sup o}C. The synthesized powders were analyzed for their phases using X-ray diffraction technique and characterized for powder morphology and particle size using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). TEM analysis showed that the average particle size of the synthesized powders were in the range of 2-10 nm. The synthesized nano-powders were uniaxially compacted and then sintered at 1250 {sup o}C and 1300 {sup o}C for 6 h, separately, in air. A maximum average sintered density of 3.29 g/cm{sup 3} was achieved in structures sintered at 1300 {sup o}C, developed from nano-powder doped with magnesium. Vickers hardness testing was performed to determine the hardness of the sintered structures. Uniaxial compression tests were performed to evaluate the mechanical properties. Bioactivity and biodegradation behavior of the sintered structures were assessed in simulated body fluid (SBF) and maintained in a dynamic state.

  2. Nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite doped with selenium oxyanions: a new material for potential biomedical applications.

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    Kolmas, Joanna; Oledzka, Ewa; Sobczak, Marcin; Nałęcz-Jawecki, Grzegorz

    2014-06-01

    Selenium-substituted hydroxyapatites containing selenate SeO4(2-) or selenite SeO3(2-) ions were synthesized using a wet precipitation method. The selenium content was determined by atomic absorbance spectrometry. The raw, unsintered powders were also characterized using powder X-ray diffraction, middle-range FT-IR spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopic microanalysis. The synthesized apatites were found to be pure and nanocrystalline with a crystal size similar to that in bone mineral. The incorporation of selenium oxyanions into the crystal lattice was confirmed. The toxicity of hydroxyapatites containing selenite or selenate ions was evaluated with a protozoan assay and bacterial luminescence test. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Size-mediated cytotoxicity of nanocrystalline titanium dioxide, pure and zinc-doped hydroxyapatite nanoparticles in human hepatoma cells

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    Devanand Venkatasubbu, G.; Ramasamy, S., E-mail: sinna_ramasamy@yahoo.com [Crystal Growth Centre, Anna University (India); Avadhani, G. S. [Indian Institute of Science, Department of Materials Engineering (India); Palanikumar, L.; Kumar, J. [Crystal Growth Centre, Anna University (India)

    2012-03-15

    Nanoparticles are highly used in biological applications including nanomedicine. In this present study, the interaction of HepG2 hepatocellular carcinoma cells (HCC) with hydroxyapatite (HAp), zinc-doped hydroxyapatite, and titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) nanoparticles were investigated. Hydroxyapatite, zinc-doped hydroxyapatite and titanium dioxide nanoparticles were prepared by wet precipitation method. They were subjected to isochronal annealing at different temperatures. Particle morphology and size distribution were characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope. The nanoparticles were co-cultured with HepG2 cells. MTT assay was employed to evaluate the proliferation of tumor cells. The DNA damaging effect of HAp, Zn-doped HAp, and TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles in human hepatoma cells (HepG2) were evaluated using DNA fragmentation studies. The results showed that in HepG2 cells, the anti-tumor activity strongly depend on the size of nanoparticles in HCC cells. Cell cycle arrest analysis for HAp, zinc-doped HAp, and TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles revealed the influence of HAp, zinc-doped HAp, and titanium dioxide nanoparticles on the apoptosis of HepG2 cells. The results imply that the novel nano nature effect plays an important role in the biomedicinal application of nanoparticles.

  4. Fabrication of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite doped degradable composite hollow fiber for guided and biomimetic bone tissue engineering

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    Zhang Ning [Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 29634 (United States); Nichols, Heather L. [Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 29634 (United States); Tylor, Shila [Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 29634 (United States); Wen Xuejun [Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 29634 (United States)]. E-mail: xjwen@clemson.edu

    2007-04-15

    Natural bone tissue possesses a nanocomposite structure interwoven in a three-dimensional (3-D) matrix, which plays critical roles in conferring appropriate physical and biological properties to the bone tissue. Single type of material may not be sufficient to mimic the composition, structure and properties of native bone, therefore, composite materials consisting of both polymers, bioceramics, and other inorganic materials have to be designed. Among a variety of candidate materials, polymer-nanoparticle composites appear most promising for bone tissue engineering applications because of superior mechanical properties, improved durability, and surface bioactivity when compared with conventional polymers or composites. The long term objective of this project is to use highly aligned, bioactive, biodegradable scaffold mimicking natural histological structure of human long bone, and to engineer and regenerate human long bone both in vitro and in vivo. In this study, bioactive, degradable, and highly permeable composite hollow fiber membranes (HFMs) were fabricated using a wet phase phase-inversion approach. The structure of the hollow fiber membranes was examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM); degradation behavior was examined using weigh loss assay, gel permeation chromatography (GPC), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC); and bioactivity was evaluated with the amount of calcium deposition from the culture media onto HFM surface. Doping PLGA HFMs with nanoHA results in a more bioactive and slower degrading HFM than pure PLGA HFMs.

  5. Consolidation of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite powder

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    S. Ramesh et al

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of sintering temperature on the sinterability of synthesized nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HA was investigated. The starting powder was synthesized via a novel wet chemical route. HA green compacts were prepared and sintered in atmospheric condition at various temperatures ranging from 900–1300 °C. The results revealed that the thermal stability of HA phase was not disrupted throughout the sintering regime employed. In general, the results showed that above 98% of theoretical density coupled with hardness of 7.21 GPa, fracture toughness of 1.17 MPa m1/2 and Young's modulus of above 110 GPa were obtained for HA sintered at temperature as low as 1050 °C. Although the Young's modulus increased with increasing bulk density, the hardness and fracture toughness of the sintered material started to decline when the temperature was increased beyond 1000–1050 °C despite exhibiting high densities >98% of theoretical value. The occurrence of this phenomenon is believed to be associated with a thermal-activated grain growth process.

  6. Synthesis and Antimicrobial Activity of Silver-Doped Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles

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    Carmen Steluta Ciobanu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of nanosized particles of Ag-doped hydroxyapatite with antibacterial properties is of great interest for the development of new biomedical applications. The aim of this study was the evaluation of Ca10−xAgx(PO46(OH2 nanoparticles (Ag:HAp-NPs for their antibacterial and antifungal activity. Resistance to antimicrobial agents by pathogenic bacteria has emerged in the recent years and became a major health problem. Here, we report a method for synthesizing Ag doped nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite. A silver-doped nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite was synthesized at 100°C in deionised water. Also, in this paper Ag:HAp-NPs are evaluated for their antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria and fungal strains. The specific antimicrobial activity revealed by the qualitative assay is demonstrating that our compounds are interacting differently with the microbial targets, probably due to the differences in the microbial wall structures.

  7. Ferroelectric polarization in nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite thin films on silicon.

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    Lang, S B; Tofail, S A M; Kholkin, A L; Wojtaś, M; Gregor, M; Gandhi, A A; Wang, Y; Bauer, S; Krause, M; Plecenik, A

    2013-01-01

    Hydroxyapatite nanocrystals in natural form are a major component of bone--a known piezoelectric material. Synthetic hydroxyapatite is widely used in bone grafts and prosthetic pyroelectric coatings as it binds strongly with natural bone. Nanocrystalline synthetic hydroxyapatite films have recently been found to exhibit strong piezoelectricity and pyroelectricity. While a spontaneous polarization in hydroxyapatite has been predicted since 2005, the reversibility of this polarization (i.e. ferroelectricity) requires experimental evidence. Here we use piezoresponse force microscopy to demonstrate that nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite indeed exhibits ferroelectricity: a reversal of polarization under an electrical field. This finding will strengthen investigations on the role of electrical polarization in biomineralization and bone-density related diseases. As hydroxyapatite is one of the most common biocompatible materials, our findings will also stimulate systematic exploration of lead and rare-metal free ferroelectric devices for potential applications in areas as diverse as in vivo and ex vivo energy harvesting, biosensing and electronics.

  8. Ferroelectric Polarization in Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite Thin Films on Silicon

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    Lang, S. B.; Tofail, S. A. M.; Kholkin, A. L.; Wojtaś, M.; Gregor, M.; Gandhi, A. A.; Wang, Y.; Bauer, S.; Krause, M.; Plecenik, A.

    2013-07-01

    Hydroxyapatite nanocrystals in natural form are a major component of bone- a known piezoelectric material. Synthetic hydroxyapatite is widely used in bone grafts and prosthetic pyroelectric coatings as it binds strongly with natural bone. Nanocrystalline synthetic hydroxyapatite films have recently been found to exhibit strong piezoelectricity and pyroelectricity. While a spontaneous polarization in hydroxyapatite has been predicted since 2005, the reversibility of this polarization (i.e. ferroelectricity) requires experimental evidence. Here we use piezoresponse force microscopy to demonstrate that nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite indeed exhibits ferroelectricity: a reversal of polarization under an electrical field. This finding will strengthen investigations on the role of electrical polarization in biomineralization and bone-density related diseases. As hydroxyapatite is one of the most common biocompatible materials, our findings will also stimulate systematic exploration of lead and rare-metal free ferroelectric devices for potential applications in areas as diverse as in vivo and ex vivo energy harvesting, biosensing and electronics.

  9. Nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite prepared under various pH conditions.

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    Palanivelu, R; Mary Saral, A; Ruban Kumar, A

    2014-10-15

    Hydroxyapatite (HAP) has sovereign biomedical application due to its excellent biocompatibility, chemical and crystallographic similitude with natural human bone. In this present work, we discussed about the role of pH in the synthesis of calcium phosphate compound using calcium nitrate tetrahydrate and di-ammonium hydrogen phosphate as starting materials by chemical precipitation method assisted with ultrasonic irradiation technique. 5% polyethylene glycol (PEG600) is added along with the precursors under various pH condition of 7, 9 and 11 respectively. The functional group analysis, crystallized size and fraction of crystallized size are confirmed using Fourier Transformation Infra-Red spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction pattern. Morphological observations are done by scanning electron microscope. The results revealed the presence of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite at pH above 9.

  10. Nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite/titania coatings on titanium improves osteoblast adhesion.

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    Sato, Michiko; Aslani, Arash; Sambito, Marisa A; Kalkhoran, Nader M; Slamovich, Elliott B; Webster, Thomas J

    2008-01-01

    Bulk hydroxyapatite (HA) and titania have been used to improve the osseointegration of orthopedic implants. For this reason, composites of HA and titania have been receiving increased attention in orthopedics as novel coating materials. The objective of this in vitro study was to produce nanophase (i.e., materials with grain size less than 100 nm) HA/titania coatings on titanium. The adhesion of bone forming cells (osteoblasts) on the composite coatings were also assessed and compared with single-phase nanotitania and nano-HA titanium coatings. Nanocrystalline HA powders were synthesized through wet chemistry and hydrothermal treatments at 200 degrees C. Nanocrystalline titania powders obtained commercially were mixed with the nanocrystalline HA powders at various weight ratios. The mixed powders were then deposited on titanium utilizing a room-temperature coating process called IonTite. The results of the present study showed that such coatings maintained the chemistry and crystallite size of the original HA and titania powders. Moreover, osteoblasts adherent on single-phase nanotitania coatings were well-spread whereas they became more round and extended distinct filopodia on the composite and single-phase HA coatings. Interestingly, the number of osteoblasts adherent on the nanotitania/HA composite coatings at weight ratios of 2/1 and 1/2 were significantly greater compared with single-phase nanotitania coatings, currently-used plasma-sprayed HA coatings, and uncoated titanium. These findings suggest that nanotitania/HA coatings on titanium should be further studied for improved orthopedic applications.

  11. SINTERING EFFECTS ON THE DENSIFICATION OF NANOCRYSTALLINE HYDROXYAPATITE

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    M. Amiriyan

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The effects of sintering profiles on the densification behaviour of synthesized nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HA powder were investigated in terms of phase stability and mechanical properties. A wet chemical precipitation method was successfully employed to synthesize a high purity and single phase HA powder. Green HA compacts were prepared and subjected to sintering in air atmosphere over a temperature range of 700° C to 1300° C. In this study two different holding times were compared, i.e. 1 minute versus the standard 120 minutes. The results revealed that the 1 minute holding time sintering profile was indeed effective in producing a HA body with high density of 98% theoretical when sintered at 1200° C. High mechanical properties such as fracture toughness of 1.41 MPa.m1/2 and hardness of 9.5 GPa were also measured for HA samples sintered under this profile. Additionally, XRD analysis indicated that decomposition of the HA phase during sintering at high temperatures was suppressed.

  12. Cobalt doped proangiogenic hydroxyapatite for bone tissue engineering application.

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    Kulanthaivel, Senthilguru; Roy, Bibhas; Agarwal, Tarun; Giri, Supratim; Pramanik, Krishna; Pal, Kunal; Ray, Sirsendu S; Maiti, Tapas K; Banerjee, Indranil

    2016-01-01

    The present study delineates the synthesis and characterization of cobalt doped proangiogenic-osteogenic hydroxyapatite. Hydroxyapatite samples, doped with varying concentrations of bivalent cobalt (Co(2+)) were prepared by the ammoniacal precipitation method and the extent of doping was measured by ICP-OES. The crystalline structure of the doped hydroxyapatite samples was confirmed by XRD and FTIR studies. Analysis pertaining to the effect of doped hydroxyapatite on cell cycle progression and proliferation of MG-63 cells revealed that the doping of cobalt supported the cell viability and proliferation up to a threshold limit. Furthermore, such level of doping also induced differentiation of the bone cells, which was evident from the higher expression of differentiation markers (Runx2 and Osterix) and better nodule formation (SEM study). Western blot analysis in conjugation with ELISA study confirmed that the doped HAp samples significantly increased the expression of HIF-1α and VEGF in MG-63 cells. The analysis described here confirms the proangiogenic-osteogenic properties of the cobalt doped hydroxyapatite and indicates its potential application in bone tissue engineering. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Cobalt doped proangiogenic hydroxyapatite for bone tissue engineering application

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    Kulanthaivel, Senthilguru [Department of Biotechnology and Medical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, Odisha 769008 (India); Roy, Bibhas [Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, West Bengal 721302 (India); Agarwal, Tarun [Department of Biotechnology and Medical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, Odisha 769008 (India); Giri, Supratim [Department of Chemistry, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, Odisha 769008 (India); Pramanik, Krishna; Pal, Kunal; Ray, Sirsendu S. [Department of Biotechnology and Medical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, Odisha 769008 (India); Maiti, Tapas K. [Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, West Bengal 721302 (India); Banerjee, Indranil, E-mail: indraniliit@gmail.com [Department of Biotechnology and Medical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, Odisha 769008 (India)

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT: The present study delineates the synthesis and characterization of cobalt doped proangiogenic–osteogenic hydroxyapatite. Hydroxyapatite samples, doped with varying concentrations of bivalent cobalt (Co{sup 2+}) were prepared by the ammoniacal precipitation method and the extent of doping was measured by ICP–OES. The crystalline structure of the doped hydroxyapatite samples was confirmed by XRD and FTIR studies. Analysis pertaining to the effect of doped hydroxyapatite on cell cycle progression and proliferation of MG-63 cells revealed that the doping of cobalt supported the cell viability and proliferation up to a threshold limit. Furthermore, such level of doping also induced differentiation of the bone cells, which was evident from the higher expression of differentiation markers (Runx2 and Osterix) and better nodule formation (SEM study). Western blot analysis in conjugation with ELISA study confirmed that the doped HAp samples significantly increased the expression of HIF-1α and VEGF in MG-63 cells. The analysis described here confirms the proangiogenic–osteogenic properties of the cobalt doped hydroxyapatite and indicates its potential application in bone tissue engineering. - Highlights: • Cobalt (Co{sup +2}) doped hydroxyapatite (Co-HAp) can be prepared by the wet chemical method. • The concentration of Co{sup +2} influences the physico-chemical properties of HAp. • Co-HAp was found to be biocompatible and osteogenic. • Co-HAp enhanced cellular VEGF secretion through HIF-1α stabilization. • The optimum biological performance of Co-HAp was achieved for 0.33% (w/w) Co{sup +2} doping.

  14. Synthesis of nanocrystalline fluorinated hydroxyapatite by microwave processing and its in vitro dissolution study

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    N Rameshbabu; T S Sampath Kumar; K Prasad Rao

    2006-11-01

    Synthetic hydroxyapatite, (Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2, HA), is an important material used for orthopedic and dental implant applications. The biological hydroxyapatite in the human bone and tooth is of nanosize and differs in composition from the stoichiometric HA by the presence of other ions such as carbonate, magnesium, fluoride, etc. Osseointegration is enhanced by using nanocrystalline HA. This stimulates the interest in synthesizing nanocrystalline HA by different routes and among the methods, microwave processing seems to form the fine grain size and uniform characteristic nanocrystalline materials. Fluorinated hydroxyapatite, (FHA, Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2-F), possesses higher corrosion resistance in biofluids than pure HA and reduces the risk of dental caries. The present work deals with the synthesis of nanocrystalline FHAs by microwave processing. The crystal size and morphology of the nanopowders were examined by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) methods. The functional groups present in FHA powders were ascertained by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT–IR) and laser Raman spectroscopy. Since the physiological stability is an important parameter while selecting the material for implantation, the in vitro dissolution studies of FHAs with different fluorine contents were carried out.

  15. Biomimetic helical rosette nanotubes and nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite coatings on titanium for improving orthopedic implants

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    Lijie Zhang

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Lijie Zhang1, Yupeng Chen2, Jose Rodriguez3, Hicham Fenniri3, Thomas J Webster11Division of Engineering, 2Department of Chemistry, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA; 3National Institute for Nanotechnology and Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, CanadaAbstract: Natural bone consists of hard nanostructured hydroxyapatite (HA in a nanostructured protein-based soft hydrogel template (ie, mostly collagen. For this reason, nanostructured HA has been an intriguing coating material on traditionally used titanium for improving orthopedic applications. In addition, helical rosette nanotubes (HRNs, newly developed materials which form through the self-assembly process of DNA base pair building blocks in body solutions, are soft nanotubes with a helical architecture that mimics natural collagen. Thus, the objective of this in vitro study was for the first time to combine the promising attributes of HRNs and nanocrystalline HA on titanium and assess osteoblast (bone-forming cell functions. Different sizes of nanocrystalline HA were synthesized in this study through a wet chemical precipitation process following either hydrothermal treatment or sintering. Transmission electron microscopy images showed that HRNs aligned with nanocrystalline HA, which indicates a high affinity between both components. Some of the nanocrystalline HA formed dense coatings with HRNs on titanium. More importantly, results demonstrated enhanced osteoblast adhesion on the HRN/nanocrystalline HA-coated titanium compared with conventional uncoated titanium. Among all the HRN/nanocrystalline HA coatings tested, osteoblast adhesion was the greatest when HA nanometer particle size was the smallest. In this manner, this study demonstrated for the first time that biomimetic HRN/nanocrystalline HA coatings on titanium were cytocompatible for osteoblasts and, thus, should be further studied for improving orthopedic implants.Keywords: helical rosette nanotubes

  16. Biomimetic helical rosette nanotubes and nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite coatings on titanium for improving orthopedic implants.

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    Zhang, Lijie; Chen, Yupeng; Rodriguez, Jose; Fenniri, Hicham; Webster, Thomas J

    2008-01-01

    Natural bone consists of hard nanostructured hydroxyapatite (HA) in a nanostructured protein-based soft hydrogel template (ie, mostly collagen). For this reason, nanostructured HA has been an intriguing coating material on traditionally used titanium for improving orthopedic applications. In addition, helical rosette nanotubes (HRNs), newly developed materials which form through the self-assembly process of DNA base pair building blocks in body solutions, are soft nanotubes with a helical architecture that mimics natural collagen. Thus, the objective of this in vitro study was for the first time to combine the promising attributes of HRNs and nanocrystalline HA on titanium and assess osteoblast (bone-forming cell) functions. Different sizes of nanocrystalline HA were synthesized in this study through a wet chemical precipitation process following either hydrothermal treatment or sintering. Transmission electron microscopy images showed that HRNs aligned with nanocrystalline HA, which indicates a high affinity between both components. Some of the nanocrystalline HA formed dense coatings with HRNs on titanium. More importantly, results demonstrated enhanced osteoblast adhesion on the HRN/nanocrystalline HA-coated titanium compared with conventional uncoated titanium. Among all the HRN/nanocrystalline HA coatings tested, osteoblast adhesion was the greatest when HA nanometer particle size was the smallest. In this manner, this study demonstrated for the first time that biomimetic HRN/nanocrystalline HA coatings on titanium were cytocompatible for osteoblasts and, thus, should be further studied for improving orthopedic implants.

  17. Biologically inspired rosette nanotubes and nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite hydrogel nanocomposites as improved bone substitutes.

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    Zhang, Lijie; Rodriguez, Jose; Raez, Jose; Myles, Andrew J; Fenniri, Hicham; Webster, Thomas J

    2009-04-29

    Today, bone diseases such as bone fractures, osteoporosis and bone cancer represent a common and significant public health problem. The design of biomimetic bone tissue engineering materials that could restore and improve damaged bone tissues provides exciting opportunities to solve the numerous problems associated with traditional orthopedic implants. Therefore, the objective of this in vitro study was to create a biomimetic orthopedic hydrogel nanocomposite based on the self-assembly properties of helical rosette nanotubes (HRNs), the osteoconductive properties of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HA), and the biocompatible properties of hydrogels (specifically, poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate), pHEMA). HRNs are self-assembled nanomaterials that are formed from synthetic DNA base analogs in water to mimic the helical nanostructure of collagen in bone. In this study, different geometries of nanocrystalline HA were controlled by either hydrothermal or sintering methods. 2 and 10 wt% nanocrystalline HA particles were well dispersed into HRN hydrogels using ultrasonication. The nanocrystalline HA and nanocrystalline HA/HRN hydrogels were characterized by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Mechanical testing studies revealed that the well dispersed nanocrystalline HA in HRN hydrogels possessed improved mechanical properties compared to hydrogel controls. In addition, the results of this study provided the first evidence that the combination of either 2 or 10 wt% nanocrystalline HA and 0.01 mg ml(-1) HRNs in hydrogels greatly increased osteoblast (bone-forming cell) adhesion up to 236% compared to hydrogel controls. Moreover, this study showed that HRNs stimulated HA nucleation and mineralization along their main axis in a way that is very reminiscent of the HA/collagen assembly pattern in natural bone. In summary, the presently observed excellent properties of the biomimetic nanocrystalline HA/HRN hydrogel composites

  18. Biologically inspired rosette nanotubes and nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite hydrogel nanocomposites as improved bone substitutes

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    Zhang, Lijie; Rodriguez, Jose; Raez, Jose; Myles, Andrew J.; Fenniri, Hicham; Webster, Thomas J.

    2009-04-01

    Today, bone diseases such as bone fractures, osteoporosis and bone cancer represent a common and significant public health problem. The design of biomimetic bone tissue engineering materials that could restore and improve damaged bone tissues provides exciting opportunities to solve the numerous problems associated with traditional orthopedic implants. Therefore, the objective of this in vitro study was to create a biomimetic orthopedic hydrogel nanocomposite based on the self-assembly properties of helical rosette nanotubes (HRNs), the osteoconductive properties of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HA), and the biocompatible properties of hydrogels (specifically, poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate), pHEMA). HRNs are self-assembled nanomaterials that are formed from synthetic DNA base analogs in water to mimic the helical nanostructure of collagen in bone. In this study, different geometries of nanocrystalline HA were controlled by either hydrothermal or sintering methods. 2 and 10 wt% nanocrystalline HA particles were well dispersed into HRN hydrogels using ultrasonication. The nanocrystalline HA and nanocrystalline HA/HRN hydrogels were characterized by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Mechanical testing studies revealed that the well dispersed nanocrystalline HA in HRN hydrogels possessed improved mechanical properties compared to hydrogel controls. In addition, the results of this study provided the first evidence that the combination of either 2 or 10 wt% nanocrystalline HA and 0.01 mg ml-1 HRNs in hydrogels greatly increased osteoblast (bone-forming cell) adhesion up to 236% compared to hydrogel controls. Moreover, this study showed that HRNs stimulated HA nucleation and mineralization along their main axis in a way that is very reminiscent of the HA/collagen assembly pattern in natural bone. In summary, the presently observed excellent properties of the biomimetic nanocrystalline HA/HRN hydrogel composites

  19. Biologically inspired rosette nanotubes and nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite hydrogel nanocomposites as improved bone substitutes

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    Zhang Lijie; Webster, Thomas J [Division of Engineering, Brown University, 182 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02912 (United States); Rodriguez, Jose; Raez, Jose; Myles, Andrew J; Fenniri, Hicham [National Institute for Nanotechnology and Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, 11421 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2M9 (Canada)], E-mail: hicham.fenniri@ualberta.ca, E-mail: thomas_webster@brown.edu

    2009-04-29

    Today, bone diseases such as bone fractures, osteoporosis and bone cancer represent a common and significant public health problem. The design of biomimetic bone tissue engineering materials that could restore and improve damaged bone tissues provides exciting opportunities to solve the numerous problems associated with traditional orthopedic implants. Therefore, the objective of this in vitro study was to create a biomimetic orthopedic hydrogel nanocomposite based on the self-assembly properties of helical rosette nanotubes (HRNs), the osteoconductive properties of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HA), and the biocompatible properties of hydrogels (specifically, poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate), pHEMA). HRNs are self-assembled nanomaterials that are formed from synthetic DNA base analogs in water to mimic the helical nanostructure of collagen in bone. In this study, different geometries of nanocrystalline HA were controlled by either hydrothermal or sintering methods. 2 and 10 wt% nanocrystalline HA particles were well dispersed into HRN hydrogels using ultrasonication. The nanocrystalline HA and nanocrystalline HA/HRN hydrogels were characterized by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Mechanical testing studies revealed that the well dispersed nanocrystalline HA in HRN hydrogels possessed improved mechanical properties compared to hydrogel controls. In addition, the results of this study provided the first evidence that the combination of either 2 or 10 wt% nanocrystalline HA and 0.01 mg ml{sup -1} HRNs in hydrogels greatly increased osteoblast (bone-forming cell) adhesion up to 236% compared to hydrogel controls. Moreover, this study showed that HRNs stimulated HA nucleation and mineralization along their main axis in a way that is very reminiscent of the HA/collagen assembly pattern in natural bone. In summary, the presently observed excellent properties of the biomimetic nanocrystalline HA/HRN hydrogel

  20. Formation of Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite in Presence of Some Aminoacids

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    O.V. Kalinkevich

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The influence of three amino acids on the hydroxyapatite formation in vitro under mild condition was investigated. The mineral obtained was studied by transmission electron microscopy and powder X-ray diffraction. The experiments suggest that the addition of these amino acids has a significant effect on the phase composition, crystal size and lattice microstrains of the resulting calcium phosphate mineral.

  1. Structural and microstructural characterizations of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite synthesized by mechanical alloying.

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    Lala, S; Satpati, B; Kar, T; Pradhan, S K

    2013-07-01

    Single phase nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HAp) powder has been synthesized by mechanical alloying the stoichiometric mixture of CaCO3 and CaHPO4 powders in open air at room temperature, for the first time, within 2 h of milling. Nanocrystalline hexagonal single crystals are obtained by sintering of 2h milled sample at 500 °C. Structural and microstructural properties of as-milled and sintered powders are revealed from both the X-ray line profile analysis and transmission electron microscopy. Shape and lattice strain of nanocrystalline HAp particles are found to be anisotropic in nature. Particle size of HAp powder remains almost invariant up to 10h of milling and there is no significant growth of nanocrystalline HAp particles after sintering at 500 °C for 3 h. Changes in lattice volume and some primary bond lengths of as-milled and sintered are critically measured, which indicate that lattice imperfections introduced into the HAp lattice during ball milling have been reduced partially after sintering the powder at elevated temperatures. We could achieve ~96.7% of theoretical density of HAp within 3h by sintering the pellet of nanocrystalline powder at a lower temperature of 1000 °C. Vickers microhardness (VHN) of the uni-axially pressed (6.86 MPa) pellet of nanocrystalline HAp is 4.5 GPa at 100 gm load which is close to the VHN of bulk HAp sintered at higher temperature. The strain-hardening index (n) of the sintered pellet is found to be >2, indicating a further increase in microhardness value at higher load.

  2. Preparation of thermally stable nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite by hydrothermal method.

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    Prakash Parthiban, S; Elayaraja, K; Girija, E K; Yokogawa, Y; Kesavamoorthy, R; Palanichamy, M; Asokan, K; Narayana Kalkura, S

    2009-12-01

    Thermally stable hydroxyapatite (HAp) was synthesized by hydrothermal method in the presence of malic acid. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FT-IR), Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential thermal analysis (DTA), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was done on the synthesized powders. These analyses confirmed the sample to be free from impurities and other phases of calcium phosphates, and were of rhombus morphology along with nanosized particles. IR and Raman analyses indicated the adsorption of malic acid on HAp. Thermal stability of the synthesized HAp was confirmed by DTA and TGA. The synthesized powders were thermally stable upto 1,400 degrees C and showed no phase change. The proposed method might be useful for producing thermally stable HAp which is a necessity for high temperature coating applications.

  3. Fabrication, Characterization, and Antimicrobial Activity, Evaluation of Low Silver Concentrations in Silver-Doped Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles

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    A. Costescu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was the evaluation of (Ca10-xAgx(PO46(OH2 nanoparticles (Ag:HAp-NPs for their antibacterial and antifungal activity. Resistance to antimicrobial agents by pathogenic bacteria has emerged in the recent years as a major public health problem worldwide. In this paper, we report a comparison of the antimicrobial activity of low concentrations silver-doped hydroxyapatite nanoparticles. The silver-doped nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite powder was synthesized at 100°C in deionised water. The as-prepared Ag:Hap nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, FT-IR, and FT-Raman spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction (XRD studies demonstrate that powders obtained by coprecipitation at 100°C exhibit the apatite characteristics with good crystal structure, without any new phase or impurities found. FT-IR and FT-Raman spectroscopy revealed the presence of the various vibrational modes corresponding to phosphates and hydroxyl groups and the absence of any band characteristic to silver. The specific microbiological assays demonstrated that Ag:HAp-NPs exhibited antimicrobial features, but interacted differently with the Gram-positive, Gram-negative bacterial and fungal tested strains.

  4. Structural and microstructural characterizations of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite synthesized by mechanical alloying

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    Lala, S. [Materials Science Division, Department of Physics, The University of Burdwan, Golapbag, Burdwan-713104, West Bengal (India); Satpati, B. [Surface Physics Division, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, 1/AF Bidhannagar, Kolkata-700064 (India); Kar, T. [Department of Materials Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata-700032 (India); Pradhan, S.K., E-mail: skp_bu@yahoo.com [Materials Science Division, Department of Physics, The University of Burdwan, Golapbag, Burdwan-713104, West Bengal (India)

    2013-07-01

    Single phase nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HAp) powder has been synthesized by mechanical alloying the stoichiometric mixture of CaCO{sub 3} and CaHPO{sub 4} powders in open air at room temperature, for the first time, within 2 h of milling. Nanocrystalline hexagonal single crystals are obtained by sintering of 2 h milled sample at 500 °C. Structural and microstructural properties of as-milled and sintered powders are revealed from both the X-ray line profile analysis and transmission electron microscopy. Shape and lattice strain of nanocrystalline HAp particles are found to be anisotropic in nature. Particle size of HAp powder remains almost invariant up to 10 h of milling and there is no significant growth of nanocrystalline HAp particles after sintering at 500 °C for 3 h. Changes in lattice volume and some primary bond lengths of as-milled and sintered are critically measured, which indicate that lattice imperfections introduced into the HAp lattice during ball milling have been reduced partially after sintering the powder at elevated temperatures. We could achieve ∼ 96.7% of theoretical density of HAp within 3 h by sintering the pellet of nanocrystalline powder at a lower temperature of 1000 °C. Vickers microhardness (VHN) of the uni-axially pressed (6.86 MPa) pellet of nanocrystalline HAp is 4.5 GPa at 100 gm load which is close to the VHN of bulk HAp sintered at higher temperature. The strain-hardening index (n) of the sintered pellet is found to be > 2, indicating a further increase in microhardness value at higher load. - Graphical abstract: Hydroxyapatite (HAp) has been synthesized by mechanical alloying in polycrystalline form within 2 h of milling in which some important bond lengths are measured. After annealing some single crystals are grown up and changes in bond lengths are observed. Highlights: • HAp phase is completed after 2 h of milling. • HAp nanoparticles are anisotropic in nature. • Both the lattice parameters a and c of HAp

  5. Electric field-assisted sintering of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite for biomedical applications

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    Tran, Tien Bich

    As the main inorganic component of bone, hydroxyapatite (HA, Ca 10(PO4)6(OH)2) should be an ideal candidate in biomaterials selection. When grain sizes are in the nanometric regime, protein adsorption and cell adhesion are enhanced, while strength, hardness, and wear resistance are improved. Unfortunately, low phase stability, poor sinterability, and a tendency towards exaggerated grain coarsening challenge full densification of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite by conventional sintering methods. The field-assisted sintering technique (FAST) has successfully consolidated a variety of nanocrystalline metals and ceramics in dramatically reduced times. The sintering enhancements observed during FAST can be attributed to thermal and athermal effects. The rapid heating rates (up to ˜1000ºC/min) afforded by FAST contribute a significant thermal effect. Since fast heating rates reduce powder exposure to sub-sintering temperatures, non-densifying surface diffusion is limited. The athermal effects of FAST are less well understood and can include plasma generation, dielectric breakdown, particle surface cleaning, grain boundary pinning, and space charge effects. Applying the field-assisted sintering technique to nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite yielded surprising results. Deviations from conventional densification behavior were observed, with dehydroxylation identified as the most deleterious process to densification as well as mechanical and biological performance. Since hydroxyapatite is not a stable phase at high temperatures and low water partial pressure atmospheres, desintering due to dehydroxylation-related pore formation became apparent during Stage III sintering. In fact, the degree of desintering and pore formation increased with the extent of Stage III sintering and grain growth. The atomic rearrangements taking place during grain boundary migration are believed to favor the formation of more-stable oxyapatite through hydroxyapatite dehydroxylation. This behavior was

  6. Nanocrystalline Cr(2+)-doped ZnSe nanowires laser.

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    Feng, Guoying; Yang, Chao; Zhou, Shouhuan

    2013-01-09

    By using femtosecond laser pulses to ablate microsized targets that are dispersed in liquid media, nanocrystalline Cr(2+)-doped ZnSe nanowires have been successfully fabricated for the first time. The phase and stoichiometries of the original materials are preserved while the sizes are reduced down to 30-120 nm for these nanowires. X-ray diffraction results show that the products are nanocrystalline ZnSe with cubic sphalerite structure. Scanning electron microscope results indicate that the products be ZnSe nanowires. The nanowires are usually 30-120 nm in diameter and several tens of micrometers in length. Photoluminescence of the nanocrystalline Cr(2+)-doped ZnSe nanowires shows strong emission at around 2000-2500 nm under excitation of 1300-2250 nm wavelength at room temperature. By using the Cr(2+)-doped ZnSe multiple nanowires as the gain medium, mid-infrared oscillation at 2194 nm has been established. The oscillation wavelength of the multiple nanowires laser is 150 nm shifted to shorter wavelengths in comparison with that of microsized powder random laser.

  7. Co-doping of hydroxyapatite with zinc and fluoride improves mechanical and biological properties of hydroxyapatite

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    Idil Uysal

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Hydroxyapatite (HA co-doped with Zn2+ and F− ions was synthesized by precipitation method for the first time in this study. FTIR spectroscopy revealed Zn2+ and F− ions incorporation into HA structure. Co-doping of Zn2+ and F− ions decreased unit cell volume of HA and decreased grain sizes. Zn2+ or 5 mol% F− addition into HA significantly improved its density. Microhardness was increased with Zn2+ addition and further increase was detected with F− co-doping. Zn2+ and F− co-doped samples had higher fracture toughness than pure HA. Zn2+ incorporation to the structure resulted in an increase in cell proliferation and ALP activity of cells, and further increase was observed with 1 mol% F− addition. With superior mechanical properties and biological response 2Zn1F is a good candidate for biomedical applications.

  8. Co-doping of hydroxyapatite with zinc and fluoride improves mechanical and biological properties of hydroxyapatite

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    Idil Uysal; Feride Severcana; Aysen Tezcanera; Zafer Evisa

    2014-01-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) co-doped with Zn2+ and F- ions was synthesized by precipitation method for the first time in this study. FTIR spectroscopy revealed Zn2+ and F- ions incorporation into HA structure. Co-doping of Zn2 + and F- ions decreased unit cell volume of HA and decreased grain sizes. Zn2+ or 5 mol% F- addition into HA significantly improved its density. Microhardness was increased with Zn2 + addition and further increase was detected with F- co-doping. Zn2+ and F- co-doped samples had higher fracture toughness than pure HA. Zn2+incorporation to the structure resulted in an increase in cell proliferation and ALP activity of cells, and further increase was observed with 1 mol%F- addition. With superior mechanical properties and biological response 2Zn1F is a good candidate for biomedical applications.

  9. Biomimetic three-dimensional nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and magnetically synthesized single-walled carbon nanotube chitosan nanocomposite for bone regeneration

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Owen Im1, Jian Li2, Mian Wang2, Lijie Grace Zhang2,3, Michael Keidar2,31Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC; 2Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 3Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Institute for Nanotechnology, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USABackground: Many shortcomings exist in the traditional methods of treating bone defects, such as donor tissue shortages for autografts and disease transmission for allografts. The objective of this study was to design a novel three-dimensional nanostructured bone substitute based on magnetically synthesized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT, biomimetic hydrothermally treated nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite, and a biocompatible hydrogel (chitosan. Both nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and SWCNT have a biomimetic nanostructure, excellent osteoconductivity, and high potential to improve the load-bearing capacity of hydrogels.Methods: Specifically, three-dimensional porous chitosan scaffolds with different concentrations of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and SWCNT were created to support the growth of human osteoblasts (bone-forming cells using a lyophilization procedure. Two types of SWCNT were synthesized in an arc discharge with a magnetic field (B-SWCNT and without a magnetic field (N-SWCNT for improving bone regeneration.Results: Nanocomposites containing magnetically synthesized B-SWCNT had superior cytocompatibility properties when compared with nonmagnetically synthesized N-SWCNT. B-SWCNT have much smaller diameters and are twice as long as their nonmagnetically prepared counterparts, indicating that the dimensions of carbon nanotubes can have a substantial effect on osteoblast attachment.Conclusion: This study demonstrated that a chitosan nanocomposite with both B-SWCNT and 20% nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite could achieve a higher osteoblast density when compared with the other experimental groups, thus making this nanocomposite

  10. Biomineralization of hydroxyapatite in silver ion-exchanged nanocrystalline ZSM-5 zeolite using simulated body fluid.

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    Kaur, Balwinder; Srivastava, Rajendra; Satpati, Biswarup; Kondepudi, Kanthi Kiran; Bishnoi, Mahendra

    2015-11-01

    Silver ion-exchanged nanocrystalline zeolite (Ag-Nano-ZSM-5) and silver ion-exchanged conventional zeolite (Ag-ZSM-5) were synthesized. Zeolites were incubated in simulated body fluid at 310K for different time periods to grow hydroxyapatite in their matrixes. Significant large amount of hydroxyapatite was grown in Ag-Nano-ZSM-5 matrix after incubation in simulated body fluid when compared to Ag-ZSM-5. The resultant material was characterized using X-ray diffraction, N2-adsorption, scanning/transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray, and inductively coupled plasma analysis. Mechanical properties such as compressive modulus, compressive strength, and strain at failure of the parent materials were evaluated. Biocompatibility assays suggested that Ag-Nano-ZSM-5 and hydroxyapatite grown in Ag-Nano-ZSM-5 were compatible and did not impose any toxicity to RAW 264.7 cells macrophase and Caco2 cells suggesting considerable potential for biomedical applications such as bone implants.

  11. Comparison of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and synthetic resorbable hydroxyapatite graft in the treatment of intrabony defects: A clinical and radiographic study

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    Bansal, Mansi; Kaushik, Mayur; Khattak, Brig B. P.; Sharma, Anamika

    2014-01-01

    Background: The aim of this study is to compare, clinically and radiographically, the effectiveness of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (NHA) and synthetic resorbable hydroxyapatite (HA) in the treatment of intrabony defects. Materials and Methods: Ten subjects with bilateral defects, with probing depth (PD) 6-9 mm and radiographic evidence of an intraosseous component ≥4 mm participated in the present study. Subjects were allocated randomly to treatment with NHA (test group) or HA (control group). At baseline, 3 and 6 months after surgery, the following clinical parameters were recorded: Plaque index, gingival index, PD, relative attachment level (RAL), and radiographic reduction in intrabony defect. Results: At 6 months following therapy, the test group showed a reduction in mean PD from 6.4 ± 0.843 to 3.3 ± 0.8232 mm and a change in mean RAL from 12.9 ± 1.197 to 10.1 ± 0.7378 mm, whereas in the control group the mean PD decreased from 7.65 ± 1.8566 to 3.9 ± 1.1005 mm, and mean RAL decreased from 13.9 ± 0.9944 to 10.7 ± 0.6749 mm. On comparison of the mean difference in probing depth between the two groups after the unpaired t-test was applied at baseline, 3 months and 6 months, scores were found to be statistically non-significant (P > 0.01). Conclusion: The results of the present study indicate that both NHA and conventional HA led to the improvement of clinical and radiographic parameters over the course of the study. However, the test group did not show any significant improvement over the control group. PMID:24872631

  12. Animal trial on zinc doped hydroxyapatite: A case study

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    Promita Bhattacharjee

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Calcium hydroxyapatite (HAp has widely been used as bone substitute due to its good biocompatibility and bioactivity. In the present work, hydroxyapatite was doped with zinc (Zn to improve its bioactivity. The study reports the technique to synthesize Zn-doped HAp powder using a simple, economic route and the influence of this dopant on the physical, mechanical and biological properties of the HAp. Porous blocks were prepared by sintering at 1150 °C and the sintered samples were characterized using XRD and FTIR. In vitro bioresorption behavior of the sintered blocks was assessed in simulated body fluid (SBF maintained in a dynamic state. The in vivo study was exclusively conducted to evaluate healing of surgically created defects on the tibia of adult New Zealand rabbit after implantation of HAp. Local inflammatory reaction and healing of wound, radiological investigations, histological and SEM studies, oxytetracycline labeling and mechanical push-out test were performed up to 60 days post-operatively. It was observed that Zn substituted HAp showed better osteointegration than undoped HAp. Radiology revealed progressively less contrast between implant and surrounding bone. New bone formation in Zn-doped HAp was more prompt. Mechanical push-out test showed high interfacial strength (nearly 2.5 times between host bone and doped implant.

  13. Structural and Biological Assessment of Zinc Doped Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles

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    Cristina Liana Popa

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the current research work was to study the physicochemical and biological properties of synthesized zinc doped hydroxyapatite (ZnHAp nanoparticles with Zn concentrations xZn=0 (HAp, xZn=0.07 (7ZnHAp, and xZn=0.1 (10ZnHAp for potential use in biological applications. The morphology, size, compositions, and incorporation of zinc into hydroxyapatite were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR, Raman scattering, and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS. In addition, the cytotoxicity of ZnHAp nanoparticles was tested on both E. coli bacteria and human hepatocarcinoma cell line HepG2. The results showed that ZnHAp nanoparticles (HAp, 7ZnHAp, and 10ZnHAp have slightly elongated morphologies with average diameters between 25 nm and 18 nm. On the other hand, a uniform and homogeneous distribution of the constituent elements (calcium, phosphorus, zinc, and oxygen in the ZnHAp powder was noticed. Besides, FTIR and Raman analyses confirmed the proper hydroxyapatite structure of the synthesized ZnHAp nanoparticles with the signature of phosphate, carbonate, and hydroxyl groups. Moreover, it can be concluded that Zn doping at the tested concentrations is not inducing a specific prokaryote or eukaryote toxicity in HAp compounds.

  14. Synthesis of nano-crystalline hydroxyapatite and ammonium sulfate from phosphogypsum waste

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    Mousa, Sahar, E-mail: dollyriri@yahoo.com [Inorganic Chemistry Department, National Research Centre, Dokki, P.O.Box:12622, Postal code: 11787 Cairo (Egypt); King Abdulaziz University, Science and Art College, Chemistry Department, Rabigh Campus, P.O. Box:344, Postal code: 21911 Rabigh (Saudi Arabia); Hanna, Adly [Inorganic Chemistry Department, National Research Centre, Dokki, P.O.Box:12622, Postal code: 11787 Cairo (Egypt)

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    Graphical abstract: TEM micrograph of dried HAP at 800 °C. -- Abstract: Phosphogypsum (PG) waste which is derived from phosphoric acid manufacture by using wet method was converted into hydroxyapatite (HAP) and ammonium sulfate. Very simple method was applied by reacting PG with phosphoric acid in alkaline medium with adjusting pH using ammonia solution. The obtained nano-HAP was dried at 80 °C and calcined at 600 °C and 900 °C for 2 h. Both of HAP and ammonium sulfate were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and infrared spectroscopy (IR) to study the structural evolution. The thermal behavior of nano-HAP was studied; the particle size and morphology were estimated by using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). All the results showed that HAP nano-crystalline and ammonium sulfate can successfully be produced from phosphogypsum waste.

  15. Hydroxyapatite/alumina nanocrystalline composite powders synthesized by sol-gel process for biomedical applications

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    S.Khorsand; M.H.Fathi; S.Salehi; S.Amirkhanlou

    2014-01-01

    Hydroxyapatite/alumina nanocrystalline composite powders needed for various biomedical applications were successfully synthe-sized by sol-gel process. Structural and morphological investigations of the prepared composite powders were performed using X-ray dif-fractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X'Pert HighScore software, and Clemex Vision image analysis software. The re-sults show that the crystallite size of the obtained composite powders is in the range of 25 to 90 nm. SEM evaluation shows that the obtained composite powders have a porous structure, which is very useful for biomedical applications. The spherical nanoparticles in the range of 60 to 800 nm are embedded in the agglomerated clusters of the prepared composite powders.

  16. Biocompatible nanocrystalline natural bonelike carbonated hydroxyapatite synthesized by mechanical alloying in a record minimum time

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    Lala, S. [Materials Science Division, Department of Physics, The University of Burdwan, Golapbag, Burdwan-713104, West Bengal (India); Brahmachari, S.; Das, P.K. [Department of Biological Chemistry, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata-700 032 (India); Das, D. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Kolkata-700098 (India); Kar, T. [Department of Materials Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata-700032 (India); Pradhan, S.K., E-mail: skp_bu@yahoo.com [Materials Science Division, Department of Physics, The University of Burdwan, Golapbag, Burdwan-713104, West Bengal (India)

    2014-09-01

    Single phase nanocrystalline biocompatible A-type carbonated hydroxyapatite (A-cHAp) powder has been synthesized by mechanical alloying the stoichiometric mixture of CaCO{sub 3} and CaHPO{sub 4}.2H{sub 2}O powders in open air at room temperature within 2 h of milling. The A-type carbonation in HAp is confirmed by FTIR analysis. Structural and microstructure parameters of as-milled powders are obtained from both Rietveld's powder structure refinement analysis and transmission electron microscopy. Size and lattice strain of nanocrystalline HAp particles are found to be anisotropic in nature. Mechanical alloying causes amorphization of a part of crystalline A-cHAp which is analogous to native bone mineral. Some primary bond lengths of as-milled samples are critically measured. MTT [3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide] assay test reveals high percentage of cell viability and hence confirms the biocompatibility of the sample. The overall results indicate that the processed A-cHAp has a chemical composition very close to that of biological apatite. - Graphical abstract: Biocompatible A-Type Carbonated Hydroxyapatite (A-cHAp) has been synthesized by mechanical alloying in polycrystalline form within 2 h of milling. The shape and position of CO channel have been shown. - Highlights: • A-cHAp phase is completed within 2 h of milling. • FTIR analysis confirms A-type carbonation in HAp. • Amorphization of a part of crystalline A-cHAp. • Particle size and strain are anaisotropic in nature. • High cell viability under MTT assay.

  17. Physicochemical Analysis of the Polydimethylsiloxane Interlayer Influence on a Hydroxyapatite Doped with Silver Coating

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    C. L. Popa

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We investigate by different complementary methods the processes occurring when a polydimethylsiloxane film is used as interlayer for a silver doped hydroxyapatite coating. The X-ray diffraction and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy measurements show that the hydroxyapatite doped with silver is in a crystalline form and some SiO44- ions formation takes place at the surface and in the bulk of the new hydroxyapatite doped with silver/polydimethylsiloxane composite layer. The possibility of SiO44- ions incorporation in the structure of silver doped hydroxyapatite by the mechanism of SiO44-/PO43- ions substitution is analysed. The new formed silver doped hydroxyapatite/polydimethylsiloxane composite layer is compact, homogeneous, with no cracks as it was shown by Scanning Electron Microscopy and Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectrometry.

  18. Green synthesis of magnesium ion incorporated nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and their mechanical, dielectric and photoluminescence properties

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    Arul, K. Thanigai; Kolanthai, Elayaraja [Crystal Growth Centre, Anna University, Chennai 600 025 (India); Manikandan, E. [Nanosciences African Network (NANO-AFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation (NRF), Materials Research Department, Cape Town, South Africa. (South Africa); Bhalerao, G.M. [University Grants Commission – Department of Atomic Energy, Consortium for Scientific Research, Kalpakkam 603 104 (India); Chandra, V. Sarath; Ramya, J. Ramana [Crystal Growth Centre, Anna University, Chennai 600 025 (India); Mudali, U. Kamachi [Metallurgy and Materials Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Nair, K.G.M. [Accelerator Material Science Section, Material Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Kalkura, S.Narayana, E-mail: kalkurasn@annauniv.edu [Crystal Growth Centre, Anna University, Chennai 600 025 (India)

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Rapid technique to synthesize nanorods of magnesium ion incorporated hydroxyapatite. • Enhanced electrical and mechanical properties. • Improved photoluminescence and wettability on magnesium incorporation. • Increased in vitro bioactivity. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HAp-Ca{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2,} 35 nm) and magnesium (Mg{sup 2+}) ion incorporated HAp were synthesized by microwave technique. XRD (X-ray diffraction), FTIR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy), FE-HRTEM (Field emission high resolution transmission electron microscopy), DLS (dynamic light scattering), EDXRF (energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry), microhardness, permittivity and alternating current (ac) conductivity, besides the PL (photoluminescence), wettability and in vitro bioactivity of the samples were analysed. EDXRF revealed the Mg{sup 2+} ion incorporation in HAp. The Mg{sup 2+} ion incorporation did not alter the phase but drastically reduced the crystallite size and particle size respectively by 48% and 32%. There was enhanced microhardness (24%) at low level (<13%) and decreased zeta potential of Mg{sup 2+} ion incorporation. The permittivity, ac conductivity, PL, wettability and in vitro bioactivity were enhanced on Mg{sup 2+} ion incorporation. These properties enable them to be a promising candidate for wound healing, bone replacement applications and also as a biosensor.

  19. Characterization of boron doped nanocrystalline diamonds

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    Peterlevitz, A C; Manne, G M; Sampaio, M A; Quispe, J C R; Pasquetto, M P; Iannini, R F; Ceragioli, H J; Baranauskas, V [Faculdade de Engenharia Eletrica e Computacao, Departamento de Semicondutores, Instrumentos e Fotonica, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, UNICAMP, Av. Albert Einstein N.400, 13083-852 Campinas SP Brasil (Brazil)], E-mail: vitor.baranauskas@gmail.com

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    Nanostructured diamond doped with boron was prepared using a hot-filament assisted chemical vapour deposition system fed with an ethyl alcohol, hydrogen and argon mixture. The reduction of the diamond grains to the nanoscale was produced by secondary nucleation and defects induced by argon and boron atoms via surface reactions during chemical vapour deposition. Raman measurements show that the samples are nanodiamonds embedded in a matrix of graphite and disordered carbon grains, while morphological investigations using field electron scanning microscopy show that the size of the grains ranges from 20 to 100 nm. The lowest threshold fields achieved were in the 1.6 to 2.4 V/{mu}m range.

  20. Nanocrystalline spherical hydroxyapatite granules for bone repair: in vitro evaluation with osteoblast-like cells and osteoclasts.

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    Bernhardt, A; Dittrich, R; Lode, A; Despang, F; Gelinsky, M

    2013-07-01

    Conventionally sintered hydroxyapatite-based materials for bone repair show poor resorbability due to the loss of nanocrystallinity. The present study describes a method to establish nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite granules. The material was prepared by ionotropic gelation of an alginate sol containing hydroxyapatite (HA) powder. Subsequent thermal elimination of alginate at 650 °C yielded non-sintered, but unexpectedly stable hydroxyapatite granules. By adding stearic acid as an organic filler to the alginate/HA suspension, the granules exhibited macropores after thermal treatment. A third type of material was achieved by additional coating of the granules with silica particles. Microstructure and specific surface area of the different materials were characterized in comparison to the already established granular calcium phosphate material Cerasorb M(®). Cytocompatibility and potential for bone regeneration of the materials was evaluated by in vitro examinations with osteosarcoma cells and osteoclasts. Osteoblast-like SaOS-2 cells proliferated on all examined materials and showed the typical increase of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity during cultivation. Expression of bone-related genes coding for ALP, osteonectin, osteopontin, osteocalcin and bone sialoprotein II on the materials was proven by RT-PCR. Human monocytes were seeded onto the different granules and osteoclastogenesis was examined by activity measurement of tartrate-specific acid phosphatase (TRAP). Gene expression analysis after 23 days of cultivation revealed an increased expression of osteoclast-related genes TRAP, vitronectin receptor and cathepsin K, which was on the same level for all examined materials. These results indicate, that the nanocrystalline granular materials are of clinical interest, especially for bone regeneration.

  1. Similar healthy osteoclast and osteoblast activity on nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and nanoparticles of tri-calcium phosphate compared to natural bone.

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    MacMillan, Adam K; Lamberti, Francis V; Moulton, Julia N; Geilich, Benjamin M; Webster, Thomas J

    2014-01-01

    While there have been numerous studies to determine osteoblast (bone forming cell) functions on nanocrystalline compared to micron crystalline ceramics, there have been few studies which have examined osteoclast activity (including tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase, formation of resorption pits, size of resorption pits, and receptor activator of nuclear factor κB [RANK]). This is despite the fact that osteoclasts are an important part of maintaining healthy bone since they resorb bone during the bone remodeling process. Moreover, while it is now well documented that bone formation is enhanced on nanoceramics compared to micron ceramics, some have pondered whether osteoblast functions (such as osteoprotegerin and RANK ligand [RANKL]) are normal (ie, non-diseased) on such materials compared to natural bone. For these reasons, the objective of the present in vitro study was to determine various functions of osteoclasts and osteoblasts on nanocrystalline and micron crystalline hydroxyapatite as well as tri-calcium phosphate materials and compare such results to cortical and cancellous bone. Results showed for the first time similar osteoclast activity (including tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase, formation of resorption pits, size of resorption pits, and RANK) and osteoblast activity (osteoprotegerin and RANKL) on nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite compared to natural bone, whereas osteoclast and osteoblast functions on micron crystalline versions of these ceramics were much different than natural bone. In this manner, this study provides additional evidence that nanocrystalline calcium phosphates can serve as suitable synthetic analogs to natural bone to improve numerous orthopedic applications. It also provides the first data of healthy osteoclast and osteoblast functions on nanocrystalline calcium phosphates compared to natural bone.

  2. Structural characterization of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and adhesion of pre-osteoblast cells

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    Zhu Xiaolong [Section of Medical Materials and Technology, Department of Prosthodontics and Medical Materials, University of Tuebingen, Osianderstrasse 2-8, D-72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Eibl, Oliver [Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tuebingen (Germany); Berthold, Christoph [Institute of Geoscience, AB Mineralogy and Geodynamics (Applied Mineralogy), University of Tuebingen (Germany); Scheideler, Lutz [Section of Medical Materials and Technology, Department of Prosthodontics and Medical Materials, University of Tuebingen, Osianderstrasse 2-8, D-72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Geis-Gerstorfer, Juergen [Section of Medical Materials and Technology, Department of Prosthodontics and Medical Materials, University of Tuebingen, Osianderstrasse 2-8, D-72076 Tuebingen (Germany)

    2006-06-14

    Nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (Nano HA), a prototype of minerals of bones and teeth, attracts increasing interest in medicine and dentistry. Different parameters for synthesis and post-treatment were investigated to determine their effects on crystallinity of nano HA, and in vitro cell responses to nano HA were studied. XRD and TEM analyses indicate that the crystallinity of nano HA synthesized by a chemical method was within the range of 15-50 nm, which is adapted to natural minerals of hard tissues. Increasing the ageing temperature significantly increased the crystallinity of nano HA, while lengthening the ageing time or varying the post-ageing drying process did not have any influence on its crystallinity. Nano HA annealed between 300 and 900 {sup 0}C showed a small increase in crystallinity with increasing annealing temperature due to the long-range ordering effect. Cell attachment and spreading on nano HA were lower than those on pure titanium, and decreased as the crystallinity of nano HA increased. However, cells on nano HA demonstrated well-developed filopodia and lamelliopodia, which facilitate migration of the cells on it. This may benefit osteogenesis at the interface between bone and nano HA in vivo.

  3. Vibrational Investigations of Silver-Doped Hydroxyapatite with Antibacterial Properties

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    Carmen Steluta Ciobanu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Silver-doped hydroxyapatite (Ag:HAp was obtained by coprecipitation method. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM, infrared, and Raman analysis confirmed the development of Ag:HAp with good crystal structure. Transmission electron microscopy analysis showed an uniform ellipsoidal morphology with particles from 5 nm to 15 nm. The main vibrational bands characteristic to HAp were identified. The bands assigned to phosphate vibrational group were highlighted in infrared and Raman spectra. The most intense peak Raman spectrum is the narrow band observed at 960 cm−1. In this article Ag:HAp-NPs were also evaluated for their antimicrobial activities against gram-positive, gram-negative, and fungal strains. The specific antimicrobial activity revealed by the qualitative assay demonstrates that our compounds are interacting differently with the microbial targets.

  4. Similar healthy osteoclast and osteoblast activity on nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and nanoparticles of tri-calcium phosphate compared to natural bone

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Adam K MacMillan,1 Francis V Lamberti,1 Julia N Moulton,2 Benjamin M Geilich,2 Thomas J Webster2,3 1RTI Surgical, Alachua, FL, USA; 2Department of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA; 3Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials Research, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Abstract: While there have been numerous studies to determine osteoblast (bone forming cell functions on nanocrystalline compared to micron crystalline ceramics, there have been few studies which have examined osteoclast activity (including tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase, formation of resorption pits, size of resorption pits, and receptor activator of nuclear factor κB [RANK]. This is despite the fact that osteoclasts are an important part of maintaining healthy bone since they resorb bone during the bone remodeling process. Moreover, while it is now well documented that bone formation is enhanced on nanoceramics compared to micron ceramics, some have pondered whether osteoblast functions (such as osteoprotegerin and RANK ligand [RANKL] are normal (ie, non-diseased on such materials compared to natural bone. For these reasons, the objective of the present in vitro study was to determine various functions of osteoclasts and osteoblasts on nanocrystalline and micron crystalline hydroxyapatite as well as tri-calcium phosphate materials and compare such results to cortical and cancellous bone. Results showed for the first time similar osteoclast activity (including tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase, formation of resorption pits, size of resorption pits, and RANK and osteoblast activity (osteoprotegerin and RANKL on nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite compared to natural bone, whereas osteoclast and osteoblast functions on micron crystalline versions of these ceramics were much different than natural bone. In this manner, this study provides additional evidence that nanocrystalline calcium phosphates can serve as suitable synthetic

  5. Microwave assisted synthesis of nano sized sulphate doped hydroxyapatite

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    Alshemary, Ammar Z.; Goh, Yi-Fan; Akram, Muhammad; Razali, Ili Rabihah [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Skudai, Johor Darul Ta’zim (Malaysia); Abdul Kadir, Mohammed Rafiq [Medical Implant Technology Group, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering and Health Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia,81310 UTM Skudai, Johor Darul Ta’zim (Malaysia); Hussain, Rafaqat, E-mail: rafaqat@kimia.fs.utm.my [Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Skudai, Johor DarulTa’zim (Malaysia)

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    Highlights: ► Phase pure nano-sized sulphur doped hydroxyapatite has been synthesized. ► TEM analysis confirmed formation of needle shaped structure. ► Lattice parameters and cell volume increased with increase in sulphate doping. ► Crystallite size decreased as sulphate content inside the structure increased. ► Degree of crystallinity decreased with increase in sulphate substitution. - Abstract: Inorganic sulphate is required by all mammalian cells to function properly, it is the fourth most abundant anion in the human plasma. Sulphate ions are the major source of sulphur which is considered an important element for sustenance of life as it is present in the essential amino and is required by cells to function properly. In this study we have successfully substituted sulphate ions (SO{sub 4}{sup 2−}) into hydroxyapatite (Ca{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6−x}(SO{sub 4}){sub x}(OH){sub 2−x}) lattice via ion exchange process with phosphate group. Concentration of SO{sub 4}{sup 2−} ions was varied between X = 0.05–0.5, using (Ca (NO{sub 3}){sub 2}·4H{sub 2}O), ((NH{sub 4}){sub 2}HPO{sub 4}) and (Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}) as starting materials. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform IR spectroscopy (FTIR), showed that the substitution of SO{sub 4}{sup 2−} ions into the lattice resulted in peak broadening and reduced peak height due to the amorphous nature and reduced crystallinity of the resulting HA powder. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and field emission electron microscopy (FESEM) analysis confirmed the formation of needle shaped particles of 41 nm size with homogenous and uniform distribution of element within the HA structure.

  6. [Hydroxyapatite bone substitute (Ostim) in sinus floor elevation. Maxillary sinus floor augmentation: bone regeneration by means of a nanocrystalline in-phase hydroxyapatite (Ostim)].

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    Smeets, Ralf; Grosjean, Maurice B; Jelitte, Gerd; Heiland, Max; Kasaj, Adrian; Riediger, Dieter; Yildirim, Murat; Spiekermann, Hubertus; Maciejewski, Oliver

    2008-01-01

    The range of bone regeneration materials suitable for maxillar bone augmentation has increased steadily in the past few years and there is now a wide variety of materials being used. In the present case report, we analyzed the state of bone regeneration after sinus floor augmentation using a nanocrystalline in-phase synthetic anorganic hydroxyapatite bone grafting material (Ostim). A 60-year-old female patient underwent maxillary sinus floor elevation and the cavity was filled with Ostim three years before. Actually, she presented herself with loosening of the dental implant at position 17, as a result of parafunction. At the time of the insertion of a second implant at position 17, bone samples were taken by using a trepan drilling device from the previously augmented area. These samples were analyzed histologically to determine the extent of bone remodeling around the deposits of Ostim. We found that the Ostim deposits were surrounded largely by woven bone and, in parts, by lamellar bone and had facilitated osteoconductive bone regeneration. The adjacent implant, at position 16, which beared a crown exposed to proper biting forces without parafunction, showed proper clinical and radiological characteristics of complete and firm integration into the area which was also filled with Ostim three years ago. We conclude that the use of the nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite Ostim with its stable volume properties appears to be suitable for maxillary sinus floor augmentation. Furthermore, we even found osteoconductive bone regeneration under Ostim near the site of the loosened implant.

  7. Effect of Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite Socket Preservation on Orthodontically Induced Inflammatory Root Resorption

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    Seifi, Massoud; Arayesh, Ali; Shamloo, Nafise; Hamedi, Roya

    2015-01-01

    Objective Orthodontically induced inflammatory root resorption (OIIRR) is considered to be an important sequel associated with orthodontic tooth movement (OTM). OTM after Socket preservation enhances the periodontal condition before orthodontic space closure. The purpose of this study is to investigate the histologic effects of NanoBone®, a new highly nonsintered porous nano-crystalline hydroxyapatite bone on root resorption following OTM. Materials and Methods This experimental study was conducted on four male dogs. In each dog, four defects were created at the mesial aspects of the maxillary and mandibular first premolars. The defects were filled with NanoBone®. We used the NiTi closed coil for mesial movement of the first premolar tooth. When the experimental teeth moved approximately halfway into the defects, after two months, the animals were sacrificed and we harvested the area of interest. The first premolar root and adjacent tissues were histologically evaluated. The three-way ANOVA statistical test was used for comparison. Results The mean root resorption in the synthetic bone substitute group was 22.87 ± 11.25×10-4mm2 in the maxilla and 21.41 ± 11.25×10-4mm2 in the mandible. Statistically, there was no significant difference compared to the control group (p>0.05). Conclusion The use of a substitution graft in the nano particle has some positive effects in accessing healthy periodontal tissue following orthodontic procedures without significant influence on root resorption (RR). Histological evaluation in the present study showed osteoblastic activity and remodeling environment of nanoparticles in NanoBone®. PMID:25685742

  8. Synthesis of antimicrobial monophase silver-doped hydroxyapatite nanopowders for bone tissue engineering

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    Stanić, Vojislav; Janaćković, Djordje; Dimitrijević, Suzana; Tanasković, Sladjana B.; Mitrić, Miodrag; Pavlović, Mirjana S.; Krstić, Aleksandra; Jovanović, Dragoljub; Raičević, Slavica

    2011-02-01

    Monophase silver-doped hydroxyapatite (AgxCa10-x(PO4)6(OH)2; 0.002 ≤ x ≤ 0.04) nanoparticles were prepared using a neutralization method and investigated with respect to potential medical applications. This method consists of dissolving Ag2O in solution of H3PO4, and the slow addition to suspension of Ca(OH)2 was applied for the purpose of homogenous distribution of silver ions. Characterization studies from XRD, TEM and FTIR spectra showed that obtained crystals are monophase hydroxyapatites and that particles of all samples are of nano size, with average length of 70 nm and about 15-25 nm in diameter. Antimicrobial studies have demonstrated that all silver-doped hydroxyapatite samples exhibit excellent antimicrobial activity in vitro against the following pathogens: Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Candida albicans. The hydroxyapatite sample with the highest content of silver has shown the highest antimicrobial activity; killed all cells of E. coli and brought to more than 99% reduction in viable counts of S. aureus and C. albicans. The atomic force microscopic studies illustrate that silver-doped hydroxyapatite sample causes considerable morphological changes of microorganism cells which might be the cause of cells' death. Hemolysis ratios of the silver-doped hydroxyapatite samples were below 3%, indicating good blood compatibility and that are promising as biomaterials.

  9. Synthesis of antimicrobial monophase silver-doped hydroxyapatite nanopowders for bone tissue engineering

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    Stanic, Vojislav, E-mail: voyo@vinca.rs [Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Janackovic, Djordje; Dimitrijevic, Suzana [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Tanaskovic, Sladjana B. [Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Mitric, Miodrag; Pavlovic, Mirjana S. [Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Krstic, Aleksandra [Institute for Medical Research, University of Belgrade, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Jovanovic, Dragoljub [Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Raicevic, Slavica [Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia)

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    Monophase silver-doped hydroxyapatite (Ag{sub x}Ca{sub 10-x}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2}; 0.002 {<=} x {<=} 0.04) nanoparticles were prepared using a neutralization method and investigated with respect to potential medical applications. This method consists of dissolving Ag{sub 2}O in solution of H{sub 3}PO{sub 4}, and the slow addition to suspension of Ca(OH){sub 2} was applied for the purpose of homogenous distribution of silver ions. Characterization studies from XRD, TEM and FTIR spectra showed that obtained crystals are monophase hydroxyapatites and that particles of all samples are of nano size, with average length of 70 nm and about 15-25 nm in diameter. Antimicrobial studies have demonstrated that all silver-doped hydroxyapatite samples exhibit excellent antimicrobial activity in vitro against the following pathogens: Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Candida albicans. The hydroxyapatite sample with the highest content of silver has shown the highest antimicrobial activity; killed all cells of E. coli and brought to more than 99% reduction in viable counts of S. aureus and C. albicans. The atomic force microscopic studies illustrate that silver-doped hydroxyapatite sample causes considerable morphological changes of microorganism cells which might be the cause of cells' death. Hemolysis ratios of the silver-doped hydroxyapatite samples were below 3%, indicating good blood compatibility and that are promising as biomaterials.

  10. Human periodontal ligament fibroblasts stimulated by nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite paste or enamel matrix derivative. An in vitro assessment of PDL attachment, migration, and proliferation

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    Kasaj, A.; Willershausen, B.; Junker, R.; Stratul, S.I.; Schmidt, M.

    2012-01-01

    We determined the effects of soluble or coated nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite paste (nano-HA) and enamel matrix derivative (EMD) on proliferation, adhesion, and migration of periodontal ligament fibroblasts (PDLs). Cultured PDLs were stimulated with nano-HA paste or EMD in a soluble form or were

  11. Antibacterial activity of silver-doped hydroxyapatite nanoparticles against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria

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    Ciobanu, Carmen Steluta; Iconaru, Simona Liliana; Le Coustumer, Phillippe; Constantin, Liliana Violeta; Predoi, Daniela

    2012-06-01

    Ag-doped nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite nanoparticles (Ag:HAp-NPs) (Ca10- x Ag x (PO4)6(OH)2, x Ag = 0.05, 0.2, and 0.3) with antibacterial properties are of great interest in the development of new products. Coprecipitation method is a promising route for obtaining nanocrystalline Ag:HAp with antibacterial properties. X-ray diffraction identified HAp as an unique crystalline phase in each sample. The calculated lattice constants of a = b = 9.435 Å, c = 6.876 Å for x Ag = 0.05, a = b = 9.443 Å, c = 6.875 Å for x Ag = 0.2, and a = b = 9.445 Å, c = 6.877 Å for x Ag = 0.3 are in good agreement with the standard of a = b = 9.418 Å, c = 6.884 Å (space group P63/m). The Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectra of the sintered HAp show the absorption bands characteristic to hydroxyapatite. The Ag:HAp nanoparticles are evaluated for their antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Providencia stuartii, Citrobacter freundii and Serratia marcescens. The results showed that the antibacterial activity of these materials, regardless of the sample types, was greatest against S. aureus, K. pneumoniae, P. stuartii, and C. freundii. The results of qualitative antibacterial tests revealed that the tested Ag:HAp-NPs had an important inhibitory activity on P. stuartii and C. freundii. The absorbance values measured at 490 nm of the P. stuartii and C. freundii in the presence of Ag:HAp-NPs decreased compared with those of organic solvent used (DMSO) for all the samples ( x Ag = 0.05, 0.2, and 0.3). Antibacterial activity increased with the increase of x Ag in the samples. The Ag:HAp-NP concentration had little influence on the bacterial growth ( P. stuartii).

  12. Characterization of doped hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon films prepared by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition

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    Wang Jin-Liang; Wu Er-Xing

    2007-01-01

    The B-and P-doped hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon films (nc-Si:H) are prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) .The microstructures of doped nc-Si:H films are carefully and systematically char acterized by using high resolution electron microscopy (HREM) ,Raman scattering,x-ray diffraction (XRD) ,Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) ,and resonant nucleus reaction (RNR) .The results show that as the doping concentration of PH3 increases,the average grain size (d) tends to decrease and the crystalline volume percentage (Xc) increases simultaneously.For the B-doped samples,as the doping concentration of B2H6 increases,no obvious change in the value of d is observed,but the value of Xc is found to decrease.This is especially apparent in the case of heavy B2H6 doped samples,where the films change from nanocrystalline to amorphous.

  13. Antibacterial effects of silver-doped hydroxyapatite thin films sputter deposited on titanium

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    Trujillo, Nathan A. [Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1374 (United States); School of Biomedical Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1376 (United States); Oldinski, Rachael A. [College of Engineering and Mathematical Science, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405 (United States); Dept. of Bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-5061 (United States); Ma, Hongyan; Bryers, James D. [Dept. of Bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-5061 (United States); Williams, John D. [Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1374 (United States); Popat, Ketul C., E-mail: Ketul.Popat@colostate.edu [Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1374 (United States); School of Biomedical Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1376 (United States)

    2012-12-01

    Since many orthopedic implants fail as a result of loosening, wear, and inflammation caused by repeated loading on the joints, coatings such as hydroxyapatite (HAp) on titanium with a unique topography have been shown to improve the interface between the implant and the natural tissue. Another serious problem with long-term or ideally permanent implants is infection. It is important to prevent initial bacterial colonization as existing colonies have the potential to become encased in an extracellular matrix polymer (biofilm) that is resistant to antibacterial agents. In this study, plasma-based ion implantation was used to examine the effects of pre-etching on plain titanium. Topographical changes to the titanium samples were examined and compared via scanning electron microscopy. Hydroxyapatite and silver-doped hydroxyapatite thin films were then sputter deposited on titanium substrates etched at - 700 eV. For silver-doped films, two concentrations of silver ({approx} 0.5 wt.% and {approx} 1.5 wt.%) were used. Silver concentrations in the film were determined using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Hydroxyapatite film thicknesses were determined by measuring the surface profile using contact profilometry. Staphylococcus epidermidis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa adhesion studies were performed on plain titanium, titanium coated with hydroxyapatite, titanium coated with {approx} 0.5 wt.% silver-doped hydroxyapatite, and titanium coated with {approx} 1.5 wt.% silver-doped hydroxyapatite. Results indicate that less bacteria adhered to surfaces containing hydroxyapatite and silver; further, as the hydroxyapatite films delaminated, silver ions were released which killed bacteria in suspension. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We have developed a combination of plasma-based ion implantation and ion beam sputter deposition technique. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Silver-doped hydroxyapatite thin films on titanium were developed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The

  14. Osteoblast adhesion to functionally graded hydroxyapatite coatings doped with silver.

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    Sandukas, Stefan; Yamamoto, Akiko; Rabiei, Afsaneh

    2011-06-15

    Silver-doped functionally graded hydroxyapatite (Ag-FGHA) coatings have been prepared on glass and titanium substrates by ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD) method with in situ heat treatment, and the biological response and dissolution properties of the coatings have been examined. Three Ag-FGHA coatings with different percentages of silver (1, 3, and 6.6 wt % Ag) were compared with pure FGHA (without Ag) as a control. MC 3T3-E1 murine osteoblast cells were cultured on FGHA and Ag-FGHA coating surfaces, and the number of adhered cells after 1, 4, and 7 days was counted. Micromanipulation of live single cells was performed to quantitatively compare cell affinity among the four coating compositions. Results showed that FGHA-Ag1 coating (with 1 wt % Ag) had the highest number of adhered cells after each incubation period, as well as the highest cell affinity after 24-h incubation. Surface profilometry was performed to determine surface roughness average (R(a) ) of coating surfaces before and after immersion in high-purity water, showing that all surfaces initially had roughness averages below 200 nm, while after immersion, roughness average of FGHA-Ag1 surface was significantly increased (R(a) = 404 +/- 100.8 nm), attributed to the highest rate of dissolution. Release rate of Ag+ ions in solution was measured, showing release rates of silver ions for all Ag-doped coatings were initially high and then gradually decreased to a minimum over time, which is the expected dissolution of functionally graded coatings. It is concluded that FGHA-Ag1 coating promoted the highest degree of osteoblast adhesion because of optimal dissolution rate and nontoxic Ag percentage.

  15. Boron Doped Nanocrystalline Diamond Films for Biosensing Applications

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    V. Petrák

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available With the rise of antibiotic resistance of pathogenic bacteria there is an increased demand for monitoring the functionality of bacteria membranes, the disruption of which can be induced by peptide-lipid interactions. In this work we attempt to construct and disrupt supported lipid membranes (SLB on boron doped nanocrystalline diamond (B-NCD. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS was used to study in situ changes related to lipid membrane formation and disruption by peptide-induced interactions. The observed impedance changes were minimal for oxidized B-NCD samples, but were still detectable in the low frequency part of the spectra. The sensitivity for the detection of membrane formation and disruption was significantly higher for hydrogenated B-NCD surfaces. Data modeling indicates large changes in the electrical charge when an electrical double layer is formed at the B-NCD/SLB interface, governed by ion absorption. By contrast, for oxidized B-NCD surfaces, these changes are negligible indicating little or no change in the surface band bending profile.

  16. Evaluation of the Antimicrobial Activity of Different Antibiotics Enhanced with Silver-Doped Hydroxyapatite Thin Films

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    Daniela Predoi

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The inhibitory and antimicrobial effects of silver particles have been known since ancient times. In the last few years, a major health problem has arisen due to pathogenic bacteria resistance to antimicrobial agents. The antibacterial activities of new materials including hydroxyapatite (HAp, silver-doped hydroxyapatite (Ag:HAp and various types of antibiotics such as tetracycline (T-HAp and T-Ag:HAp or ciprofloxacin (C-HAp and C-Ag:HAp have not been studied so far. In this study we reported, for the first time, the preparation and characterization of various thin films based on hydroxyapatite and silver-doped hydroxyapatite combined with tetracycline or ciprofloxacin. The structural and chemical characterization of hydroxyapatite and silver-doped hydroxyapatite thin films has been evaluated by X-ray diffraction (XRD and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR. The morphological studies of the HAp, Ag:HAp, T-HAp, T-Ag:HAp, C-HAp and C-Ag:HAp thin solid films were performed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM. In order to study the chemical composition of the coatings, energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX and glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES measurements have been used, obtaining information on the distribution of the elements throughout the film. These studies have confirmed the purity of the prepared hydroxyapatite and silver-doped hydroxyapatite thin films obtained from composite targets containing Ca10−xAgx(PO46(OH2 with xAg = 0 (HAp and xAg = 0.2 (Ag:HAp. On the other hand, the major aim of this study was the evaluation of the antibacterial activities of ciprofloxacin and tetracycline in the presence of HAp and Ag:HAp thin layers against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli strains. The antibacterial activities of ciprofloxacin and tetracycline against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli test strains increased in the presence of HAp and Ag:HAp thin layers.

  17. Solvothermal synthesis and study of nonlinear optical properties of nanocrystalline thallium doped bismuth telluride

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    Molli, Muralikrishna, E-mail: muralikrishnamolli@sssihl.edu.in [Department of Physics, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthinilayam-515 134 (India); Parola, Sowmendran; Avinash Chunduri, L.A.; Aditha, Saikiran; Sai Muthukumar, V; Mimani Rattan, Tanu; Kamisetti, Venkataramaniah [Department of Physics, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthinilayam-515 134 (India)

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    Nanocrystalline Bismuth telluride and thallium (4 mol %) doped Bismuth telluride were synthesized through hydrothermal method. The as-prepared products were characterized using Powder X-ray Diffraction, High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy, Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy, UV-Visible spectroscopy and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. Powder XRD results revealed the crystalline nature of the obtained phases. HRTEM showed the particle-like morphology of the products. The decrease in the absorption coefficient due to thallium doping was observed in FTIR spectra. The intensity dependent nonlinear optical properties of nanocrystalline bismuth telluride and thallium doped bismuth telluride were studied using the Z-scan technique in open-aperture configuration. Bismuth telluride doped with thallium showed enhanced nonlinear optical response compared to pristine bismuth telluride and hence could be used as a potential candidate for optical power limiting applications. - Graphical Abstract: Nonlinear transmission (Z-scan) curves of nanocrystalline bismuth telluride ({Delta}) and thallium doped bismuth telluride ({open_square}). Thallium doped bismuth telluride showed enhanced nonlinear absorption compared to bismuth telluride. Inset: TEM micrograph of bismuth telluride nanocrystallites. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis of Nanocrystalline Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} and Thallium doped Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} through solvothermal method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Reduced absorption coefficient due to thallium doping found from IR spectroscopy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Open-aperture Z-scan technique for nonlinear optical studies. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Two photon absorption based model for theoretical fitting of Z-scan data. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Enhanced nonlinear absorption in Thallium doped Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} - potential candidate for optical power limiting applications.

  18. Textural, Structural and Biological Evaluation of Hydroxyapatite Doped with Zinc at Low Concentrations

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    Daniela Predoi

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available The present work was focused on the synthesis and characterization of hydroxyapatite doped with low concentrations of zinc (Zn:HAp (0.01 < xZn < 0.05. The incorporation of low concentrations of Zn2+ ions in the hydroxyapatite (HAp structure was achieved by co-precipitation method. The physico-chemical properties of the samples were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM, zeta-potential, and DLS and N2-BET measurements. The results obtained by XRD and FTIR studies demonstrated that doping hydroxyapatite with low concentrations of zinc leads to the formation of a hexagonal structure with lattice parameters characteristic to hydroxyapatite. The XRD studies have also shown that the crystallite size and lattice parameters of the unit cell depend on the substitutions of Ca2+ with Zn2+ in the apatitic structure. Moreover, the FTIR analysis revealed that the water content increases with the increase of zinc concentration. Furthermore, the Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis (EDAX and XPS analyses showed that the elements Ca, P, O, and Zn were found in all the Zn:HAp samples suggesting that the synthesized materials were zinc doped hydroxyapatite, Ca10−xZnx(PO46(OH, with 0.01 ≤ xZn ≤ 0.05. Antimicrobial assays on Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli bacterial strains and HepG2 cell viability assay were carried out.

  19. Characteristics of W Doped Nanocrystalline Carbon Films Prepared by Unbalanced Magnetron Sputtering.

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    Park, Yong Seob; Park, Chul Min; Kim, Nam-Hoon; Kim, Jae-Moon

    2016-05-01

    Nanocrystalline tungsten doped carbon (WC) films were prepared by unbalanced magnetron sputtering. Tungsten was used as the doping material in carbon thin films with the aim of application as a contact strip in an electric railway. The structural, physical, and electrical properties of the fabricated WC films with various DC bias voltages were investigated. The films had a uniform and smooth surface. Hardness and frication characteristics of the films were improved, and the resistivity and sheet resistance decreased with increasing negative DC bias voltage. These results are associated with the nanocrystalline WC phase and sp(2) clusters in carbon networks increased by ion bombardment enhanced with increasing DC bias voltage. Consequently, the increase of sp(2) clusters containing WC nanocrystalline in the carbon films is attributed to the improvement in the physical and electrical properties.

  20. First histological observations on the incorporation of a novel nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite paste OSTIM® in human cancellous bone

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    Huber Colette

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background: A commercially available nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite paste Ostim® has been reported in few recent studies to surpass other synthetic bone substitutes with respect to the observed clinical results. However, the integration of this implantable material has been histologically evaluated only in animal experimental models up to now. This study aimed to evaluate the tissue incorporation of Ostim® in human cancellous bone after reconstructive bone surgery for trauma. Methods: Biopsy specimens from 6 adult patients with a total of 7 tibial, calcaneal or distal radial fractures were obtained at the time of osteosynthesis removal. The median interval from initial operation to tissue sampling was 13 (range 3–15 months. Samples were stained with Masson-Goldner, von Kossa, and toluidine blue. Osteoid volume, trabecular width and bone volume, and cortical porosity were analyzed. Samples were immunolabeled with antibodies against CD68, CD56 and human prolyl 4-hydroxylase to detect macrophages, osteoblasts, and fibroblasts, respectively. TRAP stainings were used to identify osteoclasts. Results: Histomorphometric data indicated good regeneration with normal bone turnover: mean osteoid volume was 1.93% of the trabecular bone mass, trabecular bone volume – 28.4%, trabecular width – 225.12 μm, and porosity index – 2.6%. Cortical and spongious bone tissue were well structured. Neither inflammatory reaction, nor osteofibrosis or osteonecrosis were observed. The implanted material was widely absorbed. Conclusion: The studied nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite paste showed good tissue incorporation. It is highly biocompatible and appears to be a suitable bone substitute for juxtaarticular comminuted fractures in combination with a stable screw-plate osteosynthesis.

  1. Greater osteoblast and mesenchymal stem cell adhesion and proliferation on titanium with hydrothermally treated nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite/magnetically treated carbon nanotubes.

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    Wang, Mian; Castro, Nathan J; Li, Jian; Keidar, Michael; Zhang, Lijie Grace

    2012-10-01

    With an increasingly active and aging population, a growing number of orthopedic procedures are performed annually. However, traditional orthopedic implants face many complications such as infection, implant loosening, and poor host tissue integration leading to implant failure. Metal implant materials such as titanium and its alloys are widely used in orthopedic applications mainly based on their excellent mechanical properties and biological inertness. Since human bone extracellular matrix is nanometer in dimension comprised of rich nanostructured hydroxyapatite particles and collagen nanofibers, it is highly desirable to design a biologically-inspired nanostructured coating which renders the biocompatible titanium surface into a biomimetic and bioactive interface, thus enhancing osteoblast adhesion and promoting osseointegration. For this purpose, a biomimetic nanostructured coating based on nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and single wall carbon nanotubes was designed. Specifically, nano hydroxyapatites with good crystallinity and biomimetic dimensions were prepared via a wet chemistry method and hydrothermal treatment. Microcrystalline hydroxyapatite with larger grain sizes can be obtained without hydrothermal treatment. The carbon nanotubes with different diameter and length were synthesized via an arc plasma method in the presence or absence of a magnetic field. Transmission electron microscopy images illustrate the regular, rod-like nanocrystalline and biomimetic nanostructure of hydrothermally treated nano hydroxyapatite. In addition, the length of carbon nanotubes can be significantly increased under external magnetic fields when compared to nanotubes produced without a magnetic field. More importantly, the in vitro study demonstrated for the first time that osteoblast and mesenchymal stem cell adhesion and proliferation were greater on titanium with hydrothermally treated nanocrystalline hydroxyapatites/magnetically treated carbon nanotubes, which suggests

  2. Synthesis, characterization and photoluminescence properties of Dy3+ -doped nano-crystalline SnO2.

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    2010-04-15

    Full Text Available Nano-crystalline of tin oxide doped with varying wt% of Dy3+ was prepared using chemical coprecipitation method and characterised by various advanced techniques such as BET-surface area, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction...

  3. Antimicrobial activity of thin solid films of silver doped hydroxyapatite prepared by sol-gel method.

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    Iconaru, Simona Liliana; Chapon, Patrick; Le Coustumer, Philippe; Predoi, Daniela

    2014-01-01

    In this work, the preparation and characterization of silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films were reported and their antimicrobial activity was characterized. Silver doped hydroxyapatite (Ag:HAp) thin films coatings substrate was prepared on commercially pure Si disks by sol-gel method. The silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films were characterized by various techniques such as Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy Dispersive X-ray attachment (X-EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES). These techniques have permitted the structural and chemical characterisation of the silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films. The antimicrobial effect of the Ag:HAp thin films on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria was then investigated. This is the first study on the antimicrobial effect of Ag:HAp thin films obtained by sol-gel method. The results of this study have shown that the Ag:HAp thin films with x(Ag) = 0.5 are effective against E. coli and S. aureus after 24 h.

  4. Antimicrobial Activity of Thin Solid Films of Silver Doped Hydroxyapatite Prepared by Sol-Gel Method

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    Simona Liliana Iconaru

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the preparation and characterization of silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films were reported and their antimicrobial activity was characterized. Silver doped hydroxyapatite (Ag:HAp thin films coatings substrate was prepared on commercially pure Si disks by sol-gel method. The silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films were characterized by various techniques such as Scanning electron microscopy (SEM with energy Dispersive X-ray attachment (X-EDS, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR, and glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES. These techniques have permitted the structural and chemical characterisation of the silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films. The antimicrobial effect of the Ag:HAp thin films on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria was then investigated. This is the first study on the antimicrobial effect of Ag:HAp thin films obtained by sol-gel method. The results of this study have shown that the Ag:HAp thin films with xAg=0.5 are effective against E. coli and S. aureus after 24 h.

  5. Mechanical characterization of hydroxyapatite, thermoelectric materials and doped ceria

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    Fan, Xiaofeng

    For a variety of applications of brittle ceramic materials, porosity plays a critical role structurally and/or functionally, such as in engineered bone scaffolds, thermoelectric materials and in solid oxide fuel cells. The presence of porosity will affect the mechanical properties, which are essential to the design and application of porous brittle materials. In this study, the mechanical property versus microstructure relations for bioceramics, thermoelectric (TE) materials and solid oxide fuel cells were investigated. For the bioceramic material hydroxyapatite (HA), the Young's modulus was measured using resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) as a function of (i) porosity and (ii) microcracking damage state. The fracture strength was measured as a function of porosity using biaxial flexure testing, and the distribution of the fracture strength was studied by Weibull analysis. For the natural mineral tetrahedrite based solid solution thermoelectric material (Cu10Zn2As4S13 - Cu 12Sb4S13), the elastic moduli, hardness and fracture toughness were studied as a function of (i) composition and (ii) ball milling time. For ZiNiSn, a thermoelectric half-Heusler compound, the elastic modulus---porosity and hardness---porosity relations were examined. For the solid oxide fuel cell material, gadolina doped ceria (GDC), the elastic moduli including Young's modulus, shear modulus, bulk modulus and Poisson's ratio were measured by RUS as a function of porosity. The hardness was evaluated by Vickers indentation technique as a function of porosity. The results of the mechanical property versus microstructure relations obtained in this study are of great importance for the design and fabrication of reliable components with service life and a safety factor. The Weibull modulus, which is a measure of the scatter in fracture strength, is the gauge of the mechanical reliability. The elastic moduli and Poisson's ratio are needed in analytical or numerical models of the thermal and

  6. Polylactic acid-nanocrystalline carbonated hydroxyapatite (PLA-cHAP) composite: preparation and surface topographical structuring with direct laser writing (DLW)

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    Garskaite, Edita; Drienovsky, Marian; Krajcovic, Jozef; Cicka, Roman; Palcut, Marian; Jonusauskas, Linas; Malinauskas, Mangirdas; Stankeviciute, Zivile; Kareiva, Aivaras

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    The fabrication of polylactic acid (PLA)-carbonated hydroxyapatite (cHAP) composite material from synthesised phase pure nano-cHAP and melted PLA by mechanical mixing at 220-235{\\deg}C has been developed in this study. Topographical structuring of PLA-cHAP composite surfaces was performed by direct laser writing (DLW). Microstructured surfaces and the apatite distribution within the composite and formed grooves were evaluated by optical and scanning electron microscopies. The influence of the dopant concentration as well as the laser power and translation velocity on the composite surface morphology is discussed. The synthesis of carbonated hydroxyapatite (cHAP) nanocrystalline powders via wet chemistry approach from calcium acetate and diammonium hydrogen phosphate precursors together with crosslinking and complexing agents of polyethylene glycol, poly(vinyl alcohol) and triethanolamine is also reported. Thermal decomposition of the gels and formation of nanocrystalline cHAP were evaluated by thermal analysi...

  7. Antimicrobial properties of silver-doped hydroxyapatite nano-powders and thin films

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    Sygnatowicz, Michael; Keyshar, Kunttal; Tiwari, Ashutosh

    2010-07-01

    Silver-doped hydroxyapatite nanopowders were prepared using a solution based sol-gel method and thoroughly characterized using x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Antibacterial tests showed silver-doped HAP powders prevented the growth and reproduction of bacteria. Silver-doped HAP powders were pressed into pellets and on these pellets a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique was employed to grow amorphous and crystalline thin films on sapphire substrates. Crystalline films had silver nano-particles present within the HAP matrix. Film stability tests showed crystalline films to be far more stable in prolonged solution submersion than their amorphous counterparts.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite gel and its application as scaffold aggregation

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    Leonardo Ribeiro Rodrigues

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The sol-gel process is a technique used to synthesize materials from colloidal suspensions and, therefore, is suitable for preparing materials in the nanoscale. In this work hydroxyapatite was used due to its known properties in tissue engineering. Hydroxyapatite Ca10(PO46(OH2 is a bioactive ceramic which is found in the mineral phase of bone tissue and is known for its great potential in tissue engineering applications. For this reason, this material can be applied as particle aggregates on ceramic slurry, coating or film on materials with a poorer biological response than hydroxyapatite. In this work, hydroxyapatite gel was obtained by the sol-gel process and applied as nanoparticle aggregation in the mixture of hydroxyapatite and tricalcium phosphate to form a ceramic slurry. This process is the polymer foam replication technique used to produce scaffolds, which are used in tissue engineering. For HA gel characterization it was used enviromental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD and X-ray fluorescence (XRF. The crystallite size was calculated from XRD data using the Scherrer equation. The nanoparticles size before firing was approximately 5nm. The crystallite size calculated after calcination was approximately 63 nm. The EELS results showed that calcium phosphate was obtained before firing. After HA gel calcination at 500 ºC the XRD results showed hydroxyapatite with a small content of beta-TCP. The scaffolds obtained by polymer foam replication technique showed a morphology with adequate porosity for tissue engineering.

  9. Influence of laser doping on nanocrystalline ZnO thin films gas sensors

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    Yue Hou

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available The effect of laser doping of Al on the gas sensing behavior of nanocrystalline ZnO thin films is reported. The doping of Al was carried out by the spin-coating of Al-precursors on nanocrystalline ZnO films followed by a pulsed laser irradiation. The laser-doped films were characterized as a function of laser power density by measuring the optical, structural, electrical, morphological and gas sensing properties of ZnO films. It was found that the laser doping process resulted in an increase of electrical conductivity of ZnO films. The performance of gas sensor was investigated for different concentrations of H2 and NH3 in the air. The results indicate that the laser doping process can be utilized to improve the sensor characteristics such as sensitivity and response time by optimization of laser power density. The optimum laser power is interpreted as the critical power level required to compete the effective doping versus developing the effective grain boundaries. Also, the selectivity of laser-doped ZnO sensors for H2 was studied for a likelihood practical gas mixture composed of H2, NH3 and CH4. It is found that these films can be optimized to develop H2 and NH3 sensors in PPM level with a higher selectivity over other reducing gases.

  10. Modeling and simulation of boron-doped nanocrystalline silicon carbide thin film by a field theory.

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    Xiong, Liming; Chen, Youping; Lee, James D

    2009-02-01

    This paper presents the application of a multiscale field theory in modeling and simulation of boron-doped nanocrystalline silicon carbide (B-SiC). The multiscale field theory was briefly introduced. Based on the field theory, numerical simulations show that intergranular glassy amorphous films (IGFs) and nano-sized pores exist in triple junctions of the grains for nanocrystalline B-SiC. Residual tensile stress in the SiC grains and compressive stress on the grain boundaries (GBs) were observed. Under tensile loading, it has been found that mechanical response of 5 wt% boron-SiC exhibits five characteristic regimes. Deformation mechanism at atomic scale has been revealed. Tensile strength and Young's modulus of nanocrystalline SiC were accurately reproduced.

  11. Dual responsive dysprosium-doped hydroxyapatite particles and toxicity reduction after functionalization with folic and glucuronic acids

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    Sánchez Lafarga, Ana Karen; Pacheco Moisés, Fermín P. [Departamento de Química, Universidad de Guadalajara, Marcelino García Barragán 1421, C.P. 44430, Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico); Gurinov, Andrey [Research Resources Center for Magnetic Resonance, Saint Petersburg State University, Universitetskij pr. 26, 198504 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Ortiz, Genaro Gabriel [Laboratorio Desarrollo-Envejecimiento, Enfermedades Neurodegenerativas, Centro de Investigación Biomédica de Occidente (CIBO), Instituto Mexicano de Seguro Social (IMSS), Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico); Carbajal Arízaga, Gregorio Guadalupe, E-mail: gregoriocarbajal@yahoo.com.mx [Departamento de Química, Universidad de Guadalajara, Marcelino García Barragán 1421, C.P. 44430, Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico)

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    The development of probes for biomedical applications demands materials with low toxicity levels besides fluorescence or magnetic properties to be detected by confocal microscopes or MRI resonators. Several drug delivery systems or other biomedical materials prepared with hydroxyapatite have been proposed, however, toxicity effects might arise when the size of particles is nanometric. In this study, hydroxyapatite functionalized with glucuronic or folic acids presented lower oxidative stress, measured from lipoperoxides and nitric oxide indicators in rats than pure hydroxyapatite. In separated experiments, hydroxyapatite was doped with dysprosium cations by coprecipitation producing a single crystal phase with fluorescent properties easily visualized by confocal microscopy when excited at 488 nm. These particles also presented the ability to modify the proton relaxation time in T1 maps collected by magnetic resonance imaging. These modified hydroxyapatite nanoparticles could be candidates to design bimodal probes with low toxicity. - Highlights: • Hydroxyapatite functionalized with glucuronic acid reduced oxidative stress in rats. • Functionalization with folic acid reduced oxidative stress in rats. • Dysprosium doping does not affect the crystalline structure of hydroxyapatite. • Dysprosium doped particles are visible in fluorescent microscope. • Dysprosium doped particles act as MRI contrast agents.

  12. Biomimetic helical rosette nanotubes and nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite coatings on titanium for improving orthopedic implants

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    Lijie Zhang1, Yupeng Chen2, Jose Rodriguez3, Hicham Fenniri3, Thomas J Webster11Division of Engineering, 2Department of Chemistry, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA; 3National Institute for Nanotechnology and Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, CanadaAbstract: Natural bone consists of hard nanostructured hydroxyapatite (HA) in a nanostructured protein-based soft hydrogel template (ie, mostly collagen). For this reason, nanostructured HA has been an intriguing coa...

  13. Effects of induced optical tunable and ferromagnetic behaviors of Ba doped nanocrystalline LaB6.

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    Bao, Lihong; Qi, Xiaoping; Tana; Chao, Lumen; Tegus, O

    2016-07-28

    Multiple nanocrystalline rare-earth hexaborides La1-xBaxB6 have been synthesized via a single step solid-state reaction. The Ba doping effects on crystal structure, grain morphology, magnetic and optical absorption properties were investigated using XRD, FESEM, HRTEM, SQUID magnetometry and optical measurements. The results show that all the Ba-doped hexaborides crystallize in the CsCl-type single phase, indicating the Ba atoms occupied the lattice sites of LaB6. The optical absorption results indicate that the absorption valleys of LaB6 are red-shifted from 622 nm to 780 nm when the Ba doping content increases to x = 0.8. The first-principle calculation results reveal that Ba doping reduces the total kinetic energy of the electrons of LaB6, which lead to the absorption valleys moving toward a higher wavelength. Meanwhile, the band gap of BaB6 obtained from optical absorption is in good agreement with the theoretical calculation results. The magnetic measurements results showed that Ba doping lead to room-temperature ferromagnetism of LaB6 due to the different ionic radii of La(3+) and Ba(2+) causing intrinsic crystal defects, which is directly observed experimentally by HRTEM. This is the first time that we have found the tunable optical and ferromagnetic behavior of Ba doped nanocrystalline LaB6. Thus, nanocrystalline La1-xBaxB6, as multi-functional materials, should open up a new route to extend the optical and magnetic applications of LaB6 nanopowder.

  14. Characterization and Antimicrobial Activity of Silver Doped Hydroxyapatite Obtained by the Microwave Method

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    Meruyert KOIZHAIGANOVA

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study, silver (Ag doped hydroxyapatite (HA was produced by the microwave method and its antimicrobial activity was investigated. The physical, chemical and structural characteristics of the material were determined using multi-purpose X-ray diffractometry (XRD, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR, and scanning electron microscope-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS apparatus. The amount of silver in the solutions of silver-doped hydroxyapatite obtained were determined with the use of an inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy instrument (ICP-OES. The minimum inhibition concentration (MIC of the silver doped hydroxyapatite (Ag-HA against the test microorganisms was determined by the Broth Microdilution method. It was established that a concentration of 2.09-12.25 µg/ml was effective against gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli ATCC 12228, Salmonella typhimurium CCM 5445, Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853, Klebsiella pneumoniae CCM 2318, and 4.18-12.25 µg/ml was effective against gram-positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus ATCC6538-P, Bacillus subtilis ATCC 6633, Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 29212 and the yeast Candida albicans ATCC 10239.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.22.3.12133

  15. Characterization and Antimicrobial Activity of Silver Doped Hydroxyapatite Obtained by the Microwave Method

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    Meruyert KOIZHAIGANOVA

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study, silver (Ag doped hydroxyapatite (HA was produced by the microwave method and its antimicrobial activity was investigated. The physical, chemical and structural characteristics of the material were determined using multi-purpose X-ray diffractometry (XRD, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR, and scanning electron microscope-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS apparatus. The amount of silver in the solutions of silver-doped hydroxyapatite obtained were determined with the use of an inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy instrument (ICP-OES. The minimum inhibition concentration (MIC of the silver doped hydroxyapatite (Ag-HA against the test microorganisms was determined by the Broth Microdilution method. It was established that a concentration of 2.09-12.25 µg/ml was effective against gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli ATCC 12228, Salmonella typhimurium CCM 5445, Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853, Klebsiella pneumoniae CCM 2318, and 4.18-12.25 µg/ml was effective against gram-positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus ATCC6538-P, Bacillus subtilis ATCC 6633, Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 29212 and the yeast Candida albicans ATCC 10239.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.22.3.12133

  16. Mechanical, In Vitro Antimicrobial and Biological Properties of Plasma Sprayed Silver-Doped Hydroxyapatite Coating

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    Roy, Mangal; Fielding, Gary A.; BEYENAL, Haluk; Bandyopadhyay, Amit; Bose, Susmita

    2012-01-01

    Implant related infection is one of the key concerns in total joint hip arthroplasties. In order to reduce bacterial adhesion, silver (Ag) / silver oxide (Ag2O) doping was used in plasma sprayed hydroxyapatite (HA) coating on titanium substrate. HA powder was doped with 2.0, 4.0 and 6.0 wt% Ag, heat treated at 800 °C and used for plasma spray coating using a 30 kW plasma spray system, equipped with supersonic nozzle. Application of supersonic plasma nozzle significantly reduced phase decompos...

  17. Preparation of Al-doped ZnO nanocrystalline aggregates with enhanced performance for dye adsorption

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    Zhang, Jin; Que, WenXiu; Yuan, Yuan; Zhong, Peng; Liao, YuLong

    2012-07-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) nanocrystalline aggregates (NCAs) were prepared by a low cost colloid chemistry method and effects of the Al-doped concentration on the morphological and structural properties of the AZO NCAs were studied. The dye adsorption ability of the AZO NCAs with various Al-doped concentrations was also investigated. Results indicate that the doping of the Al ions not only does not change the wurtzite structure of the ZnO crystal but also can reduce the crystallite grain size and the particle size distribution of the NCAs, which gives them a higher specific surface area and dye adsorption ability than that of the ZnO NCAs. The as-prepared AZO NCAs would be a promising material to be applied in the dye sensitized solar cells and water treatment.

  18. 3D silicon doped hydroxyapatite scaffolds decorated with Elastin-like Recombinamers for bone regenerative medicine.

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    Vila, Mercedes; García, Ana; Girotti, Alessandra; Alonso, Matilde; Rodríguez-Cabello, Jose Carlos; González-Vázquez, Arlyng; Planell, Josep A; Engel, Elisabeth; Buján, Julia; García-Honduvilla, Natalio; Vallet-Regí, María

    2016-11-01

    The current study reports on the manufacturing by rapid prototyping technique of three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds based on silicon substituted hydroxyapatite with Elastin-like Recombinamers (ELRs) functionalized surfaces. Silicon doped hydroxyapatite (Si-HA), with Ca10(PO4)5.7(SiO4)0.3(OH)1.7h0.3 nominal formula, was surface functionalized with two different types of polymers designed by genetic engineering: ELR-RGD that contain cell attachment specific sequences and ELR-SNA15/RGD with both hydroxyapatite and cells domains that interact with the inorganic phase and with the cells, respectively. These hybrid materials were subjected to in vitro assays in order to clarify if the ELRs coating improved the well-known biocompatible and bone regeneration properties of calcium phosphates materials. The in vitro tests showed that there was a total and homogeneous colonization of the 3D scaffolds by Bone marrow Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (BMSCs). In addition, the BMSCs were viable and able to proliferate and differentiate into osteoblasts. Bone tissue engineering is an area of increasing interest because its main applications are directly related to the rising life expectancy of the population, which promotes higher rates of several bone pathologies, so innovative strategies are needed for bone tissue regeneration therapies. Here we use the rapid prototyping technology to allow moulding ceramic 3D scaffolds and we use different bio-polymers for the functionalization of their surfaces in order to enhance the biological response. Combining the ceramic material (silicon doped hydroxyapatite, Si-HA) and the Elastin like Recombinamers (ELRs) polymers with the presence of the integrin-mediate adhesion domain alone or in combination with SNA15 peptide that possess high affinity for hydroxyapatite, provided an improved Bone marrow Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (BMSCs) differentiation into osteoblastic linkage. Copyright © 2016 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights

  19. Development and Characterization of a Bioinspired Bone Matrix with Aligned Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite on Collagen Nanofibers

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    Hsi-Chin Wu

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Various kinds of three-dimensional (3D scaffolds have been designed to mimic the biological spontaneous bone formation characteristics by providing a suitable microenvironment for osteogenesis. In view of this, a natural bone-liked composite scaffold, which was combined with inorganic (hydroxyapatite, Hap and organic (type I collagen, Col phases, has been developed through a self-assembly process. This 3D porous scaffold consisting of a c-axis of Hap nanocrystals (nHap aligning along Col fibrils arrangement is similar to natural bone architecture. A significant increase in mechanical strength and elastic modulus of nHap/Col scaffold is achieved through biomimetic mineralization process when compared with simple mixture of collagen and hydroxyapatite method. It is suggested that the self-organization of Hap and Col produced in vivo could also be achieved in vitro. The oriented nHap/Col composite not only possesses bone-like microstructure and adequate mechanical properties but also enhances the regeneration and reorganization abilities of bone tissue. These results demonstrated that biomimetic nHap/Col can be successfully reconstructed as a bone graft substitute in bone tissue engineering.

  20. Optical and biological properties of transparent nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite obtained through spark plasma sintering.

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    Li, Zhong; Thompson, Brianna C; Dong, Zhili; Khor, Khiam Aik

    2016-12-01

    Transparent bioceramics have attracted a large amount of research interest as they facilitate direct observation of biointerfacial reactions. Thus far, attempts to achieve transparent hydroxyapatite have been focused on augmenting the sintering pressure and/or extending the sintering duration. This study aims at fabricating transparent HA using a direct and fast spark plasma sintering process with appropriate starting powder and moderate sintering pressure. Three types of raw powder, namely micro-spheres, nano-rods and nano-spheres, were sintered to investigate the optical and biological properties of the compacted pellets. It was found that in terms of transparency, the micro-sphere pellet sintered at 1000°C stood out with an in-line transmittance as high as 84% achieved at 1300nm for a 2mm thick sample. In addition, pellets fabricated from micro-spheres demonstrated the highest cell viability in in vitro biological tests with L929 cells. Living cells cultured on a transparent micro-sphere pellet could be directly and clearly observed by light microscopy. It is thus concluded that the micro-sphere powder is the most desirable raw material to manufacture transparent hydroxyapatite because it could enable dense pellets with notably high transparency and outstanding in vitro biocompatibility to be readily obtained.

  1. Photoinduced hydroxyl radical and photocatalytic activity of samarium-doped TiO(2) nanocrystalline.

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    Xiao, Qi; Si, Zhichun; Zhang, Jiang; Xiao, Chong; Tan, Xiaoke

    2008-01-15

    Sm(3+)-doped TiO(2) nanocrystalline has been prepared by sol-gel auto-combustion technique and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method, and also UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). These Sm(3+)-doped TiO(2) samples were tested for methylene blue (MB) decomposition and *OH radical formation. The analysis of *OH radical formation on the sample surface under UV irradiation was performed by fluorescence technique with using terephthalic acid, which readily reacted with *OH radical to produce highly fluorescent product, 2-hydroxyterephthalic acid. It was observed that the presence of Sm(3+) ion as a dopant significantly enhanced the photocatalytic activity for MB degradation under UV light irradiation because both the larger specific surface area and the greater the formation rate of *OH radical were simultaneously obtained for Sm(3+)-doped TiO(2) nanocrystalline. The adsorption experimental demonstrated that Sm(3+)-TiO(2) had a higher MB adsorption capacity than undoped TiO(2) and the adsorption capacity of MB increased with the increase of samarium ion content. The results also indicated that the greater the formation rate of *OH radical was, the higher photocatalytic activity was achieved. In this study, the optimum amount of Sm(3+) doping was 0.5 mol%, at which the recombination of photo-induced electrons and holes could be effectively inhibited, the highest formation rate of *OH radicals was, and thereby the highest photocatalytic activity was achieved.

  2. Antimicrobial activity of hemocompatible silver doped hydroxyapatite nanoparticles synthesized by modified sol-gel technique

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    Jadalannagari, Sushma; Deshmukh, Ketaki; Ramanan, Sutapa Roy; Kowshik, Meenal

    2013-02-01

    Silver doped hydroxyapatite (Ag x Ca100-x (PO4)6 (OH)2) nanorods were synthesized using a modified sol gel method at a low temperature of 100 °C. Silver concentration was varied as x = 1, 3 and 5. X-ray diffraction studies showed that the synthesized silver doped hydroxyapatite (Ag-HAp) was fully crystalline with hexagonal structure and an average crystallite size of 25 nm. At all the doping concentrations, the nanoparticles were rod shaped with an average length of 110-180 nm and diameter of 20-25 nm as determined from transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies. These compounds were tested for their antimicrobial activities against E. coli (MTCC 2345) and S. aureus (MTCC 737). Antimicrobial activity was observed for all the three silver doping concentrations with the highest activity for x = 3, in terms of the zone of inhibition and the percentage reduction in the number of colonies. Hemolysis ratios for x = 1 and 3 Ag-HAp samples were below 2 %, indicating that they are highly hemocompatible and can be a promising biomaterial for tissue engineering applications in orthopedics.

  3. Luminescence variations in europium-doped silicon-substituted hydroxyapatite nanobiophosphor via three different methods

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    Thang, Cao Xuan; Pham, Vuong-Hung, E-mail: vuong.phamhung@hust.edu.vn

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Europium doped silicon-substituted hydroxyapatite was synthesized by wet chemical synthesis method. • Morphology of nanoparticles depended on the synthesized method. • Photoluminescence intensity of the sample increases with the increasing of Si substitutions, Eu dopants and thermal annealing. - Abstract: This paper reports the first attempt for the synthesis of europium-doped Si-substituted hydroxyapatite (HA) nanostructure to achieve strong and stable luminescence of nanobiophosphor, particularly, by addition of different Eu dopants, Si substitutions, and application of optimum annealing temperatures of up to 1000 °C. The nanobiophosphor was synthesized by the coprecipitation, microwave, and hydrothermal methods. The nanoparticles demonstrated a nanowire to a spindle-like morphology, which was dependent on the method of synthesis. The photoluminescence (PL) intensity of the sample increases with the increase in Si substitutions and Eu dopants. The luminescent nanoparticles also showed the typical luminescence of Eu{sup 3+} centered at 610 nm, which was more efficient for the annealed Eu-doped Si-HA nanoparticles than for the as-synthesized nanoparticles. Among the different synthesis methods, the hydrothermal method reveals the best light emission represented by high PL intensity and narrow PL spectra. These results suggest the potential application of Eu-doped Si-HA in stable and biocompatible nanophosphors for light emission and nanomedicine.

  4. The pressure sensitivity of wrinkled B-doped nanocrystalline diamond membranes

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    Drijkoningen, S.; Janssens, S. D.; Pobedinskas, P.; Koizumi, S.; van Bael, M. K.; Haenen, K.

    2016-10-01

    Nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) membranes are promising candidates for use as sensitive pressure sensors. NCD membranes are able to withstand harsh conditions and are easily fabricated on glass. In this study the sensitivity of heavily boron doped NCD (B:NCD) pressure sensors is evaluated with respect to different types of supporting glass substrates, doping levels and membrane sizes. Higher pressure sensing sensitivities are obtained for membranes on Corning Eagle 2000 glass, which have a better match in thermal expansion coefficient with diamond compared to those on Schott AF45 glass. In addition, it is shown that larger and more heavily doped membranes are more sensitive. After fabrication of the membranes, the stress in the B:NCD films is released by the emergence of wrinkles. A better match between the thermal expansion coefficient of the NCD layer and the underlying substrate results in less stress and a smaller amount of wrinkles as confirmed by Raman spectroscopy and 3D surface imaging.

  5. Effects of Nitrogen Doping on Microstructure and Photocatalytic Activity of Nanocrystalline TiO2 Powders

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    Nitrogen-doped TiO2 nanocrystalline powders were prepared by hydrolysis of tetrachloride titanium (TiCl4) in a mixed solution of ethanol and ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3) at ambient temperature and atmosphere followed by calcination at 400 C for 2 h in air. FTIR spectra demonstrate that amine group in original gel is eliminated by calcination, and the TiO2 powder is liable to absorb water onto its surface and into its capillary pore. XRD and SEM results show that the average size of nanocrystalline TiO2 particles is no more than 60 nm and with increasing the calcination temperature, the size of particles increases. XPS studies indicate the nitrogen atom enters into the TiO2 lattice and occupies the position of oxygen atom. The nitrogen doping not only depresses the grain growth of TiO2 particles, but also reduces the phase transformation temperature of anatase to rutile. The photocatalytic activity of the nitrogen-doped TiO2 powders has been evaluated by experiments ofphotocatalytic degradation aqueous methylene blue.

  6. Microwave-processed nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite: simultaneous enhancement of mechanical and biological properties.

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    Bose, Susmita; Dasgupta, Sudip; Tarafder, Solaiman; Bandyopadhyay, Amit

    2010-09-01

    Despite the excellent bioactivity of hydroxyapatite (HA) ceramics, poor mechanical strength has limited the applications of these materials primarily to coatings and other non-load-bearing areas as bone grafts. Using synthesized HA nanopowder, dense compacts with grain sizes in the nanometer to micrometer range were processed via microwave sintering between 1000 and 1150 degrees C for 20 min. Here we demonstrate that the mechanical properties, such as compressive strength, hardness and indentation fracture toughness, of HA compacts increased with a decrease in grain size. HA with 168 +/- 86 nm grain size showed the highest compressive strength of 395 +/- 42 MPa, hardness of 8.4+/-0.4 GPa and indentation fracture toughness of 1.9 +/- 0.2 MPa m(1/2). To study the in vitro biological properties, HA compacts with grain size between 168 nm and 1.16 microm were assessed for in vitro bone cell-material interactions with human osteoblast cell line. Vinculin protein expression for cell attachment and bone cell proliferation using MTT assay showed that surfaces with finer grains provided better bone cell-material interactions than coarse-grained samples. Our results indicate simultaneous improvements in mechanical and biological properties in microwave sintered HA compacts with nanoscale grain size.

  7. Impact of nitrogen doping on growth and hydrogen impurity incorporation of thick nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Gu Li-Ping; Tang Chun-Jiu; Jiang Xue-Fan; J.L.Pintob

    2011-01-01

    A much larger amount of bonded hydrogen was found in thick nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) films produced by only adding 0.24% N2 into 4% CH4/H2 plasma, as compared to the high quality transparent microcrystalline diamond (MCD) films, grown using the same growth parameters except for nitrogen. These experimental results clearly evidence that defect formation and impurity incorporation (for example, N and H) impeding diamond grain growth is the main formation mechanism of NCD upon nitrogen doping and strongly support the model proposed in the literature that nitrogen competes with CHX (x = 1,2,3) growth species for adsorption sites.

  8. Graft Remodeling following Transcrestal Sinus Floor Elevation via the Gel-Pressure Technique (GPT and Pasteous Nano-Crystalline Hydroxyapatite Bone Substitute

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    Bernhard Pommer

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Bone grafting of the maxillary sinus is attempted to compensate for sinus pneumatization and permit reliable insertion of endosseous dental implants for prosthetic rehabilitation. The aim of the present clinical investigation was to study bone regeneration four months after transcrestal sinus floor elevation via the Gel-Pressure Technique (GPT and application of pasteous nano-crystalline hydroxyapatite bone substitute. A total of 25 patients with deficient alveolar ridges in the posterior maxilla (mean residual bone height: 4.7 ± 1.8 mm were subjected to 32 flapless transcrestal sinus floor augmentations and simultaneous insertion of 40 implants. Sinus membrane elevation height averaged 11.2 ± 2.7 mm and minimal vertical graft resorption of 0.1 mm was observed after four months. Radiographic bone density averaged 460 Hounsfield units in regions adjacent to the native jawbone (1 to 7 mm distance, while reduction of bone density by −7.2%, −11.3%, −14.8%, −19.6% and −22.7% was recorded in more apical regions of 8, 9, 10, 11, and ≥12 mm distance to the original sinus floor, respectively. The results suggest that graft remodeling is completed up to a distance of 7 mm within a healing period of four months after sinus augmentation using nano-crystalline hydroxyapatite bone substitute material.

  9. Mode of heparin attachment to nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite affects its interaction with bone morphogenetic protein-2.

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    Goonasekera, Chandhi S; Jack, Kevin S; Bhakta, Gajadhar; Rai, Bina; Luong-Van, Emma; Nurcombe, Victor; Cool, Simon M; Cooper-White, Justin J; Grøndahl, Lisbeth

    2015-12-16

    Heparin has a high affinity for bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2), which is a key growth factor in bone regeneration. The aim of this study was to investigate how the rate of release of BMP-2 was affected when adsorbed to nanosized hydroxyapatite (HAP) particles functionalized with heparin by different methods. Heparin was attached to the surface of HAP, either via adsorption or covalent coupling, via a 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) layer. The chemical composition of the particles was evaluated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and elemental microanalysis, revealing that the heparin grafting densities achieved were dependent on the curing temperature used in the fabrication of APTES-modified HAP. Comparable amounts of heparin were attached via both covalent coupling and adsorption to the APTES-modified particles, but characterization of the particle surfaces by zeta potential and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller measurements indicated that the conformation of the heparin on the surface was dependent on the method of attachment, which in turn affected the stability of heparin on the surface. The release of BMP-2 from the particles after 7 days in phosphate-buffered saline found that 31% of the loaded BMP-2 was released from the APTES-modified particles with heparin covalently attached, compared to 16% from the APTES-modified particles with the heparin adsorbed. Moreover, when heparin was adsorbed onto pure HAP, it was found that the BMP-2 released after 7 days was 5% (similar to that from unmodified HAP). This illustrates that by altering the mode of attachment of heparin to HAP the release profile and total release of BMP-2 can be manipulated. Importantly, the BMP-2 released from all the heparin particle types was found by the SMAD 1/5/8 phosphorylation assay to be biologically active.

  10. Modification of gellan gum with nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite facilitates cell expansion and spontaneous osteogenesis.

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    Jamshidi, Parastoo; Chouhan, Gurpreet; Williams, Richard L; Cox, Sophie C; Grover, Liam M

    2016-07-01

    Nanocomposites composed of hydrogels and calcium phosphates are of great interest in the development of bone graft replacements since they may have a structural and compositional resemblance to bone. Culture beads formed from such materials could be used in stirred tank culture and thereby enable cell expansion in a sufficiently efficient manner to allow for the generation of enough large number of cells for large-scale bone reconstruction. Although combinations of materials such as alginate, collagens, and various calcium phosphates have been investigated as culture beads, these materials are unsuitable for application since they have been shown to rapidly degrade in physiological conditions and enable relatively little tailoring of mechanical properties. In this study, gellan gum-nano sized hydroxyapatite (nHA) composites, which have been shown to be resistant to degradation and easily modified with respect to modulus, were formulated and characterized as regards their ability to enable cell attachment and proliferation. It was shown that the addition of 5 wt% of nHA to the culture beads enabled cell attachment and that an increase in nHA concentration to up to 25 wt% enhanced the rate of cell proliferation. Most importantly, it was demonstrated that the addition of nHA to the cell culture beads enabled the formation of nodules in culture of MC3T3-E1 cells and strikingly stimulated the osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow stromal cells in the absence of osteogenic media when compared with tissue culture plastic (TCP) with the same condition. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 2016;113: 1568-1576. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. Cytotoxicity of Boron-Doped Nanocrystalline Diamond Films Prepared by Microwave Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Liu, Dan; Gou, Li; Ran, Junguo; Zhu, Hong; Zhang, Xiang

    2015-07-01

    Boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) exhibits extraordinary mechanical properties and chemical stability, making it highly suitable for biomedical applications. For implant materials, the impact of boron-doped NCD films on the character of cell growth (i.e., adhesion, proliferation) is very important. Boron-doped NCD films with resistivity of 10-2 Ω·cm were grown on Si substrates by the microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD) process with H2 bubbled B2O3. The crystal structure, diamond character, surface morphology, and surface roughness of the boron-doped NCD films were analyzed using different characterization methods, such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The contact potential difference and possible boron distribution within the film were studied with a scanning kelvin force microscope (SKFM). The cytotoxicity of films was studied by in vitro tests, including fluorescence microscopy, SEM and MTT assay. Results indicated that the surface roughness value of NCD films was 56.6 nm and boron was probably accumulated at the boundaries between diamond agglomerates. MG-63 cells adhered well and exhibited a significant growth on the surface of films, suggesting that the boron-doped NCD films were non-toxic to cells. supported by the Open Foundation of State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China) (No. KFJJ201313)

  12. Superconductivity and low temperature electrical transport in B-doped CVD nanocrystalline diamond

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    Milos Nesladek, Jiri J. Mares, Dominique Tromson, Christine Mer, Philippe Bergonzo, Pavel Hubik and Jozef Kristofik

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    Full Text Available In this work, we report on superconductivity (SC found in thin B-doped nanocrystalline diamond films, prepared by the PE-CVD technique. The thickness of the films varies from about 100 to 400 nm, the films are grown on low-alkaline glass at substrate temperatures of about 500–700 °C. The SIMS measurements show that films can be heavily doped with boron in concentrations in the range of 3×1021 cm−3. The Raman spectra show Fano resonances, confirming the substitutional B-incorporation. The low temperature magnetotransport measurements reveal a positive magnetoresistance. The SC transition is observed at about Tc=1.66 K. A simple theory exploiting the concept of weak localization accounting for this transition is proposed.

  13. Synthesis of yttrium doped nanocrystalline ZnO and its photocatalytic activity in methylene blue degradation

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    Yttrium doped zinc oxide was prepared by microwave irradiation of Y (NO3)3·6H2O and Zn(NO3)2·4H2O as precursors, in ethanol–water medium. Highly polar ethanol–water medium (30/70, v/v) with hexamine and urea assist the formation of ZnO nuclei very rapidly in a specific fashion. Furthermore, Y3+ ions infiltration into Zn(OH)2 precipitate was facilitated by microwaves (2.45 GHz, 950 W). Yttrium doped nanocrystalline ZnO (ZnO-99 and ZnO-95) was formed with 1 and 5 mol% yttrium precursor. The pow...

  14. Enhanced luminescence in Eu-doped ZnO nanocrystalline films

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    Suzuki, Keigo, E-mail: ksuzuki@murata.com; Murayama, Koji; Tanaka, Nobuhiko [Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., 10-1, Higashikotari 1-chome, Nagaokakyo, Kyoto 617-8555 (Japan)

    2015-07-20

    We found an enhancement of Eu{sup 3+} emissions in Eu-doped ZnO nanocrystalline films fabricated by microemulsion method. The Eu{sup 3+} emission intensities were increased by reducing annealing temperatures from 633 K to 533 K. One possible explanation for this phenomenon is that the size reduction enhances the energy transfer from ZnO nanoparticles to Eu{sup 3+} ions. Also, the shift of the charge-transfer band into the low-energy side of the absorption edge is found to be crucial, which seems to expedite the energy transfer from O atoms to Eu{sup 3+} ions. These findings will be useful for the material design of Eu-doped ZnO phosphors.

  15. Improved gas sensing and dielectric properties of Fe doped hydroxyapatite thick films: Effect of molar concentrations

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    Mene, Ravindra U. [PDEA' s, Annasaheb Waghire College of Science, Arts and Commerce, Otur 412409, M.S. (India); School of Physical Sciences, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded 431606, M.S. (India); Mahabole, Megha P. [School of Physical Sciences, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded 431606, M.S. (India); Mohite, K.C. [Haribhai. V. Desai College, Pune 411002, M.S. (India); Khairnar, Rajendra S., E-mail: rskhairnarsps@gmail.com [School of Physical Sciences, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded 431606, M.S. (India)

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • We report improved gas sensing and dielectric characteristics of Fe ion exchanged HAp films. • Fe doped HAp film shows maximum gas response at relatively lower temperature. • Response and gas uptake capacity of sensors is improved for appropriate amount of Fe ions in HAp matrix. • Fe-HAp films exhibit remarkable improvement in dielectric properties compared to pure HAp. • Fe doped HAp films show significant improvement in gas sensing as well as in dielectric properties. - Abstract: In the present work Fe doped hydroxyapatite (Fe-HAp) thick films has been successfully utilized to improve the gas sensing as well as its dielectric properties. Initially, HAp nano powder is synthesized by chemical precipitation process and later on Fe ions are doped in HAp by ion exchange process. Structural and morphological modifications are observed by means of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analysis. The sensing parameters such as operating temperature, response/recovery time and gas uptake capacity are experimentally determined. The Fe-HAp (0.05 M) film shows improved CO and CO{sub 2} gas sensing capacity at lower operating temperature compared to pure HAp. Moreover, variation of dielectric constant and dielectric loss for pure and Fe-HAp thick films are studied as a function of frequency in the range of 10 Hz–1 MHz. The study reveals that Fe doped HAp thick films improve the sensing and dielectric characteristics as compared to pure HAp.

  16. Enhancing the photoelectric conversion of dye-sensitized solar cell via nitrogen-doped nanocrystalline titania electrode.

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    Cheng, Ping; Lan, Tian; Yang, Haijun; Wang, Wanjun; Wu, Haixia; Deng, Changsheng; Dai, Xiaming; Guo, Shouwu

    2010-11-01

    A high efficient dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) was fabricated using nitrogen-doped nanocrystalline titania(TiO2) photoanode. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), zeta potentials, nitrogen adsorption-desorption and elemental analysis experiments were employed to characterize the nitrogen-doped nanocrystalline TiO2 photoanode. An obvious enhancement of the optical absorption in the range of 380-550 nm was observed for nitrogen-doped TiO2, which was attributed to both the substitutional N and the chemisorbed N2 molecules. A conversion efficiency of 9.04% was obtained on the DSC based on nitrogen-doped TiO2 photoanode annealed in a flow of NH3 at 550 degrees C, with an increase of 15.6% improvement in comparison with pure TiO2 (7.82%). The mechanism for the enhanced photovoltaic performance was discussed.

  17. Irradiation-induced grain growth and defect evolution in nanocrystalline zirconia with doped grain boundaries.

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    Dey, Sanchita; Mardinly, John; Wang, Yongqiang; Valdez, James A; Holesinger, Terry G; Uberuaga, Blas P; Ditto, Jeff J; Drazin, John W; Castro, Ricardo H R

    2016-06-22

    Grain boundaries are effective sinks for radiation-induced defects, ultimately impacting the radiation tolerance of nanocrystalline materials (dense materials with nanosized grains) against net defect accumulation. However, irradiation-induced grain growth leads to grain boundary area decrease, shortening potential benefits of nanostructures. A possible approach to mitigate this is the introduction of dopants to target a decrease in grain boundary mobility or a reduction in grain boundary energy to eliminate driving forces for grain growth (using similar strategies as to control thermal growth). Here we tested this concept in nanocrystalline zirconia doped with lanthanum. Although the dopant is observed to segregate to the grain boundaries, causing grain boundary energy decrease and promoting dragging forces for thermally activated boundary movement, irradiation induced grain growth could not be avoided under heavy ion irradiation, suggesting a different growth mechanism as compared to thermal growth. Furthermore, it is apparent that reducing the grain boundary energy reduced the effectiveness of the grain boundary as sinks, and the number of defects in the doped material is higher than in undoped (La-free) YSZ.

  18. Microwave sintering of doped nanocrystalline ZnO and characterization for varistor applications

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    Subasri, R., E-mail: subasri@arci.res.in [International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Balapur, Hyderabad 500005 (India); Asha, M.; Hembram, K.; Rao, G.V.N.; Rao, T.N. [International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Balapur, Hyderabad 500005 (India)

    2009-06-15

    Doped nanocrystalline zinc oxide powder with particle sizes ranging from 30 nm to 200 nm was synthesized by spray pyrolysis technique. The powder after calcination at 750 deg. C was consolidated and sintered using microwaves by employing different sintering schedules. The effect of heating rate on the density and electrical properties was studied. An optimized sintering temperature of 1100 deg. C was employed to obtain well-densified samples by both microwave and conventional processing. The sintered disks were characterized for their densities, microstructure, phase composition by X-ray diffraction and varistor properties like breakdown voltage, leakage current and non-linearity coefficient. The electrical properties obtained using microwave sintering technique was compared with those obtained on a conventionally sintered material as well as those of a commercially available product. The microwave sintered doped nanocrystalline ZnO yielded 98% dense bodies and a breakdown voltage of 9.6 kV cm{sup -1}, a leakage current of 0.25 {mu}A cm{sup -2} and a coefficient of non-linearity of 70 when compared to 4.3 kV cm{sup -1}, 1.2 {mu}A cm{sup -2} and 118 as measured for a conventionally sintered compact.

  19. Structural characterization, optical properties and in vitro bioactivity of mesoporous erbium-doped hydroxyapatite

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    Alshemary, Ammar Z.; Akram, Muhammed; Goh, Yi-Fan [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Skudai, Johor Darul Ta’zim (Malaysia); Abdul Kadir, Mohammed Rafiq [Medical Implant Technology Group, Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Skudai, Johor Darul Ta’zim (Malaysia); Abdolahi, Ahmad [Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Skudai, Johor Darul Ta’zim (Malaysia); Hussain, Rafaqat, E-mail: rafaqat@kimia.fs.utm.my [Centre for Sustainable Nanomaterials (CSNano), Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Skudai, Johor Darul Ta’zim (Malaysia)

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • Phase pure nano-sized Er doped hydroxyapatite has been prepared. • TEM micrograph confirmed formation of mesoporous material. • Increased Er doping resulted in blue shift with slight increase in energy band gab. • Er-HA showed better dissolution behavior in SBF comparing with pure HA. • Er doping of HA resulted in formation of apatite layer in SBF with Ca/P ratio of 1.72. - Abstract: We report the successful synthesis of mesoporous erbium doped hydroxyapatite (Er-HA, Ca{sub 10−x}Er{sub 2x/3}□{sub x/3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2}) by using a rapid and efficient microwave assisted wet precipitation method. Characterization techniques like X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR), X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF), Brunauer, Emmett and Teller (BET) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used to determine lattice parameters, particle size, degree of crystallinity, elemental composition, surface area and morphology of Er-HA. Results confirmed the formation of crystalline Er-HA having crystallite size of 25 nm with spherical and rod like morphology, while the TEM analysis confirmed the mesoporous nature of the particles. Optical spectra of Er-HA contained seven electron transitions, whereas blue shift in the energy band gap (E{sub g}) was observed upon increase in Er{sup 3+} content. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra contained green and red emissions. In vitro bioactivity study conducted in SBF revealed that the incorporation of Er{sup 3+} ions into HA structure lead to the faster discharge of Er{sup 3+} ions resulting in intense growth of apatite grains on the surface of the Er-HA pellets with Ca/P ratio of 1.72.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of hydroxyapatite-doped silver nanoparticles; Sintese e caracterizacao de hidroxiapatita dopada com nanoparticulas de prata

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    Andrade, Flavio Augusto Cavadas da Silva; Rollo, Joao Manuel Domingos de Almeida, E-mail: flavio.andrade@usp.br [Universidade de Sao Paulo (EESC/FMRP/IQSC/USP), Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao Interunidades Bioengenharia; Rigo, Eliana Cristina da Silva; Vercik, Andres; Vercik, Luci Cristina de Oliveira; Valencia, German Ayala; Ferreira, Leticcia Gaviao [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Pirassununga, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Zootecnia e Engenharia de Alimentos. Departamento de Ciencias Basicas

    2012-07-01

    Hydroxyapatite-doped silver nanoparticles was obtained by immersing the powder in increasing dilutions of a solution containing AGNPS which were synthesized in different times and were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy. The X-ray diffraction (XRD)studies demonstrate no change in the major phase of HA. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) revealed morphological characteristics of powders after doping and the presence of silver was confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray (EDAX) analysis.The antibacterial effect of the doped powders was evaluated using strain of Staphylococcus aureus by disc-diffusion test. The zone of inhibition was found to vary with the amount of silver nanoparticle in the doped powder even for low concentrations of AgNPs. These results indicate that the method of immersion hydroxyapatite in solutions containing AgNPs is promising to obtain bioactive materials with low cytotoxicity and antibacterial effects. (author)

  1. Antimicrobial Activity Evaluation on Silver Doped Hydroxyapatite/Polydimethylsiloxane Composite Layer

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    C. S. Ciobanu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The goal of this study was the preparation, physicochemical characterization, and microbiological evaluation of novel hydroxyapatite doped with silver/polydimethylsiloxane (Ag:HAp-PDMS composite layers. In the first stage, the deposition of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS polymer layer on commercially pure Si disks has been produced in atmospheric pressure corona discharges. Finally, the new silver doped hydroxyapatite/polydimethylsiloxane composite layer has been obtained by the thermal evaporation technique. The Ag:HAp-PDMS composite layers were characterized by various techniques, such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM, Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy (GDOES, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS. The antimicrobial activity of the Ag:HAp-PDMS composite layer was assessed against Candida albicans ATCC 10231 (ATCC—American Type Culture Collection by culture based and confirmed by SEM and Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM methods. This is the first study reporting the antimicrobial effect of the Ag:HAp-PDMS composite layer, which proved to be active against Candida albicans biofilm embedded cells.

  2. Antimicrobial Activity Evaluation on Silver Doped Hydroxyapatite/Polydimethylsiloxane Composite Layer

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    Ciobanu, C. S.; Groza, A.; Iconaru, S. L.; Popa, C. L.; Chapon, P.; Chifiriuc, M. C.; Hristu, R.; Stanciu, G. A.; Negrila, C. C.; Ghita, R. V.; Ganciu, M.; Predoi, D.

    2015-01-01

    The goal of this study was the preparation, physicochemical characterization, and microbiological evaluation of novel hydroxyapatite doped with silver/polydimethylsiloxane (Ag:HAp-PDMS) composite layers. In the first stage, the deposition of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) polymer layer on commercially pure Si disks has been produced in atmospheric pressure corona discharges. Finally, the new silver doped hydroxyapatite/polydimethylsiloxane composite layer has been obtained by the thermal evaporation technique. The Ag:HAp-PDMS composite layers were characterized by various techniques, such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy (GDOES), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The antimicrobial activity of the Ag:HAp-PDMS composite layer was assessed against Candida albicans ATCC 10231 (ATCC—American Type Culture Collection) by culture based and confirmed by SEM and Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM) methods. This is the first study reporting the antimicrobial effect of the Ag:HAp-PDMS composite layer, which proved to be active against Candida albicans biofilm embedded cells. PMID:26504849

  3. Increased charge storage capacity of titanium nitride electrodes by deposition of boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Meijs, Suzan; McDonald, Matthew; Sørensen, Søren;

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of depositing a thin layer of boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (B-NCD) on titanium nitride (TiN) coated electrodes and the effect this has on charge injection properties. The charge storage capacity increased by applying the B-NCD film...

  4. Highly biocompatible, nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite synthesized in a solvothermal process driven by high energy density microwave radiation

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Dariusz Smolen1, Tadeusz Chudoba1, Iwona Malka1, Aleksandra Kedzierska1, Witold Lojkowski1, Wojciech Swieszkowski2, Krzysztof Jan Kurzydlowski2, Malgorzata Kolodziejczyk-Mierzynska3, Malgorzata Lewandowska-Szumiel31Polish Academy of Science, Institute of High Pressure Physics, Warsaw, Poland; 2Faculty of Materials Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland; 3Department of Histology and Embryology, Center of Biostructure Research, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, PolandAbstract: A microwave, solvothermal synthesis of highly biocompatible hydroxyapatite (HAp nanopowder was developed. The process was conducted in a microwave radiation field having a high energy density of 5 W/mL and over a time less than 2 minutes. The sample measurements included: powder X-ray diffraction, density, specific surface area, and chemical composition. The morphology and structure were investigated by scanning electron microscopy as well as transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The thermal behavior analysis was conducted using a simultaneous thermal analysis technique coupled with quadruple mass spectrometry. Additionally, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy tests of heated samples were performed. A degradation test and a biocompatibility study in vitro using human osteoblast cells were also conducted. The developed method enables the synthesis of pure, fully crystalline hexagonal HAp nanopowder with a specific surface area close to 240 m2/g and a Ca/P molar ratio equal to 1.57. TEM measurements showed that this method results in particles with an average grain size below 6 nm. A 28-day degradation test conducted according to the ISO standard indicated a 22% loss of initial weight and a calcium ion concentration at 200 µmol/dm3 in the tris(hydroxymethylaminomethane hydrochloride test solution. The cytocompatibility of the obtained material was confirmed in a culture of human bone derived cells, both in an indirect test using the material

  5. Nanocrystalline rare earth fluorides doped with Pr3+ions

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    Marcin Runowski; Stefan Lis

    2016-01-01

    Praseodymium(III) doped CeF3, CeF3:Gd, LaF3, GdF3 and YF3 inorganic fluorides were precipitated in an aqueous, sur-factant-free solution, using NH4F as a source of fluoride ions. The as-prepared products were subjected to a hydrothermal treatment, which led to the formation of crystalline nanoluminophores, composed of spherical (≈30 nm) and elongated (≈40–200 nm) nanos-tructures. Due to the presence of Pr3+ions, the synthesized nanomaterials showed yellow luminescence under a blue light irradiation. The nanoluminophore based on the YF3 host revealed the most promising spectroscopic properties, i.e., bright and intensive emission, hence it was investigated in detail. The photophysical properties of the nanomaterials obtained were studied by powder X-ray diffrac-tion (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and spectrofluorometry, i.e., measurements of excitation/emission spectra and luminescence decay curves.

  6. In situ hydrothermal crystallization of hexagonal hydroxyapatite tubes from yttrium ion-doped hydroxyapatite by the Kirkendall effect

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    Li, Chengfeng, E-mail: cfli@sdut.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University of Technology, 255049 Shandong (China); Ge, Xiaolu [School of Science, Shandong University of Technology, 255049 Shandong (China); Li, Guochang; Lu, Hao; Ding, Rui [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University of Technology, 255049 Shandong (China)

    2014-12-01

    An in situ hydrothermal crystallization method with presence of glutamic acid, urea and yttrium ions was employed to fabricate hexagonal hydroxyapatite (HAp, Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}(OH)) tubes with length of 200 nm–1 μm. Firstly, yttrium ion-doped HAp (Y-HAp, Ca{sub 5−x}Y{sub x}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}(OH)) was synthesized after hydrolysis of urea and HPO{sub 4}{sup 2−} ions at 100 °C with a dwell time of 24 h. The shift of X-ray diffraction peaks of HAp to high angle was caused the substitution of Ca{sup 2+} ions by small-sized Y{sup 3+} ions. At 160 °C, further hydrolysis reactions of urea and HPO{sub 4}{sup 2−} ions resulted in the generation of ample OH{sup −} and PO{sub 4}{sup 3−} ions, which provided a high chemical potential for the dissolution of Y-HAp and recrystallization of HAp and YPO{sub 4}. Finally, HAp tubes were formed in situ on Y-HAp according to the Kirkendall effect as a result of the difference of diffusion rate of cations (Ca{sup 2+} ions, outward and slow) and anions (OH{sup −} and PO{sub 4}{sup 3−} ions, inward and fast). The formation process of HAp tube was simulated by the encapsulation of fluorescein molecules in precipitates. Photoluminescence properties were enhanced for HAp tubes with thick and dense walls. This novel tubular material could find wide applications as carriers of drugs, dyes and catalysts. - Highlights: • Hexagonal HAp tubes with adjustable sizes are prepared by a hydrothermal method. • A dissolution-recrystallization process occurs during hydrothermal treatment. • The formation mechanism is explained by the Kirkendall effect. • The crystallization is simulated by the encapsulation and release of fluorescein.

  7. CO2 Sensors Based on Nanocrystalline SnO2 Doped with CuO

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    Xu, Jennifer C.; Hunter, Gary W.; Liu, Chung Chiun; Ward, Benjamin J.

    2008-01-01

    Nanocrystalline tin oxide (SnO2) doped with copper oxide (CuO) has been found to be useful as an electrical-resistance sensory material for measuring the concentration of carbon dioxide in air. SnO2 is an n-type semiconductor that has been widely used as a sensing material for detecting such reducing gases as carbon monoxide, some of the nitrogen oxides, and hydrocarbons. Without doping, SnO2 usually does not respond to carbon dioxide and other stable gases. The discovery that the electrical resistance of CuO-doped SnO2 varies significantly with the concentration of CO2 creates opportunities for the development of relatively inexpensive CO2 sensors for detecting fires and monitoring atmospheric conditions. This discovery could also lead to research that could alter fundamental knowledge of SnO2 as a sensing material, perhaps leading to the development of SnO2-based sensing materials for measuring concentrations of oxidizing gases. Prototype CO2 sensors based on CuO-doped SnO2 have been fabricated by means of semiconductor-microfabrication and sol-gel nanomaterial-synthesis batch processes that are amendable to inexpensive implementation in mass production.

  8. Lithium-doped hydroxyapatite nano-composites: Synthesis, characterization, gamma attenuation coefficient and dielectric properties

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    Badran, H.; Yahia, I. S.; Hamdy, Mohamed S.; Awwad, N. S.

    2017-01-01

    Lithium-hydroxyapatite (0, 1, 5, 10, 20, 30 and 40 wt% Li-HAp) nano-composites were synthesized by sol-gel technique followed by microwave-hydrothermal treatment. The composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman techniques. Gamma attenuation coefficient and the dielectric properties for all composites were investigated. The crystallinity degree of Li-doped HAp was higher than that of un-doped HAp. Gamma attenuation coefficient values increased from 0.562 cm-1 for 0 wt% Li-HAp to 2.190 cm-1 for 40 wt% Li-HAp. The alternating current conductivity increased with increasing frequency. The concentration of Li affect the values of dielectric constant where Li doped HAp of low dielectric constant can have an advantage for healing in bone fractures. The calcium to phosphorus ratio decreased from 1.43 to 1.37 with the addition of lithium indicating the Ca deficiency in the studied composites. Our findings lead to the conclusion that Li-HAp is a new nano-composite useful for medical applications and could be doped with gamma shield materials.

  9. Microstructure, microhardness, and biocompatibility characteristics of yttrium hydroxyapatite doped with fluoride.

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    Toker, S M; Tezcaner, A; Evis, Z

    2011-02-01

    The current study focused on doping of hydroxyapatite (HA) with constant yttrium (Y(3+) ) and varying fluoride (F(-) ) compositions to investigate its microstructure, microhardness, and biocompatibility. HA was synthesized by precipitation method and sintered at 1100°C for 1 h. Y(3+) and F(-) ion dopings resulted in changes in densities. In x-ray diffraction analysis, no secondary phase formation was observed. Lattice parameters decreased upon ion substitutions. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results showed that ion addition resulted in smaller grains. In Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis, F(-) ion substitution was confirmed. HA doped with 2.5% Y(3+) and 1% F(-) exhibited the highest microhardness. Y(3+) and F(-) ions improved Saos-2 cell proliferation on discs in Methylthiazolyldiphenyl-tetrazolium (MTT) assay. In SEM analysis, cells attached and proliferated on all disc surfaces. Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) assay showed that cell differentiation on the discs was improved by doping HA with an optimum F(-) amount. Dissolution tests revealed that structural stability of HA was improved with F(-) ion incorporation. The dissolution behavior of fluoridated samples exhibited a parallel pattern with the cell proliferation and differentiation behavior on these samples. Overall, this work shows that fluoride and yttrium cosubstitution into HA HA2.5Y1F was the most promising material for biomedical applications. Copyright © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. Niobium-Doped Hydroxyapatite Bioceramics: Synthesis, Characterization and In Vitro Cytocompatibility

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    Nádia S. V. Capanema

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Doping calcium phosphates with ionic species can play an important role in biological responses promoting alkaline phosphatase activity, and, therefore inducing the generation of new bone. Thus, in this study, the synthesis of niobium-doped hydroxyapatite (Nb-HA nanosize particles obtained by the precipitation process in aqueous media followed by thermal treatment is presented. The bioceramics were extensively characterized by X-ray diffraction, wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and thermal analysis regarding their chemical composition, structure and morphology. The results showed that the precipitate dried at 110 °C was composed of amorphous calcium phosphate and HA, with polidisperse particles ranging from micro to nano dimensions. After the thermal treatment at 900 °C, the bioceramic system evolved predominantly to HA crystalline phase, with evident features of particle sintering and reduction of surface area. Moreover, the addition of 10 mol% of niobium salt precursor during the synthesis indicated the complete incorporation of the Nb(V species in the HA crystals with detectable changes in the original lattice parameters. Furthermore, the incorporation of Nb ions caused a significant refinement on the average particle size of HA. Finally, the preliminary cytocompatibility response of the biomaterials was accessed by human osteoblast cell culture using MTT and resazurin assays, which demonstrated no cytotoxicity of the Nb-alloyed hydroxyapatite. Thus, these findings seem promising for developing innovative Nb-doped calcium phosphates as artificial biomaterials for potential use in bone replacements and repair.

  11. Niobium-Doped Hydroxyapatite Bioceramics: Synthesis, Characterization and In Vitro Cytocompatibility

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    Capanema, Nádia S. V.; Mansur, Alexandra A. P.; Carvalho, Sandhra M.; Silva, Alexandra R. P.; Ciminelli, Virginia S.; Mansur, Herman S.

    2015-01-01

    Doping calcium phosphates with ionic species can play an important role in biological responses promoting alkaline phosphatase activity, and, therefore inducing the generation of new bone. Thus, in this study, the synthesis of niobium-doped hydroxyapatite (Nb-HA) nanosize particles obtained by the precipitation process in aqueous media followed by thermal treatment is presented. The bioceramics were extensively characterized by X-ray diffraction, wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and thermal analysis regarding their chemical composition, structure and morphology. The results showed that the precipitate dried at 110 °C was composed of amorphous calcium phosphate and HA, with polidisperse particles ranging from micro to nano dimensions. After the thermal treatment at 900 °C, the bioceramic system evolved predominantly to HA crystalline phase, with evident features of particle sintering and reduction of surface area. Moreover, the addition of 10 mol% of niobium salt precursor during the synthesis indicated the complete incorporation of the Nb(V) species in the HA crystals with detectable changes in the original lattice parameters. Furthermore, the incorporation of Nb ions caused a significant refinement on the average particle size of HA. Finally, the preliminary cytocompatibility response of the biomaterials was accessed by human osteoblast cell culture using MTT and resazurin assays, which demonstrated no cytotoxicity of the Nb-alloyed hydroxyapatite. Thus, these findings seem promising for developing innovative Nb-doped calcium phosphates as artificial biomaterials for potential use in bone replacements and repair. PMID:28793433

  12. Nanocrystalline lanthanide-doped Lu3Ga5O12 garnets: interesting materials for light-emitting devices.

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    Venkatramu, V; Giarola, M; Mariotto, G; Enzo, S; Polizzi, S; Jayasankar, C K; Piccinelli, F; Bettinelli, M; Speghini, A

    2010-04-30

    Nanocrystalline Lu(3)Ga(5)O(12), with average particle sizes of 40 nm, doped with a wide variety of luminescent trivalent lanthanide ions have been prepared using a sol-gel technique. The structural and morphological properties of the powders have been investigated by x-ray powder diffraction, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Structural data have been refined and are presented for Pr(3+), Eu(3+), Gd(3+), Ho(3+), Er(3+) and Tm(3+) dopants, while room temperature excited luminescence spectra and emission decay curves of Eu(3+)-, Tm(3+)- and Ho(3+)-doped Lu(3)Ga(5)O(12) nanocrystals have been measured and are discussed. The Eu(3+) emission spectrum shows typical bands due to 5D(0)-->7F(J) (J = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4) transitions and the broadening of these emission bands with the non-exponential behaviour of the decay curves indicates the presence of structural disorder around the lanthanide ions. Lanthanide-doped nanocrystalline Lu(3)Ga(5)O(12) materials show better luminescence intensities compared to Y(2)O(3), Gd(3)Ga(5)O(12) and Y(3)Al(5)O(12) nanocrystalline hosts. Moreover, the upconversion emission intensity in the blue-green region for the Tm(3+)- and Ho(3+)-doped samples shows a significant increase upon 647.5 nm excitation with respect to other common oxide hosts doped with the same lanthanide ions.

  13. Optical and Surface Characteristics of Mg-Doped GaAs Nanocrystalline Thin Film Deposited by Thermionic Vacuum Arc Technique

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    Pat, Suat; Özen, Soner; Şenay, Volkan; Korkmaz, Şadan

    2017-01-01

    Magnesium (Mg) is the most promising p-type dopant for gallium arsenide (GaAs) semiconductor technology. Mg-doped GaAs nanocrystalline thin film has been deposited at room temperature by the thermionic vacuum arc technique, a rapid deposition method for production of doped GaAs material. The microstructure and surface and optical properties of the deposited sample were investigated by x-ray diffraction analysis, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry, and interferometry. The crystalline direction of the deposited sample was determined to be (220) plane and (331) plane at 44.53° and 72.30°, respectively. The Mg-doped GaAs nanocrystalline sample showed high transmittance.

  14. Synthesis, investigation on structural and electrical properties of cobalt doped Mn–Zn ferrite nanocrystalline powders

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    Bhuvaneswari M.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Synthesis of CoxMnyZnyFe2O4 (x = 0.1, 0.5, 0.9 and y = 0.45, 0.25, 0.05 nanocrystalline powders was done by chemical co-precipitation method. The crystal structure was determined by using X-ray diffraction (XRD studies. The crystallite size and lattice parameters were calculated from the XRD data. The XRD results revealed that the crystallite size of the nanocrystalline powder was found to decrease from 37 nm to 28 nm with the substitution of cobalt. The effect of cobalt ions on the crystallization process, the lattice parameters and electrical properties of Mn–Zn ferrites has been also investigated. The AC conductivity increased with an increase in frequency but it decreased with an increase in cobalt content. The complex impedance analysis of the data showed that the resistive and capacitive properties of the Co–Mn–Zn ferrite are predominant due to the fact that the processes are associated with the grains and grain boundaries. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss dependence on doping level and frequency at room temperature were also studied.

  15. Tapered Optical Fiber Humidity Sensor Coated with Nano-crystalline ZnO Doped with KCI

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    Sivacoumar Rajalingam

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In this research study we have targeted to fabricate a tapered optical fiber coated with zinc oxide doped with KCl to improve the humidity sensing capability of zinc oxide. The optical fiber was tapered through chemical etching method by HF acid (49.5%. The nano-crystalline Zinc Oxide (ZnO was synthesized using single molecular precursor method doped with KCl. The resulting material was characterized with Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, X-Ray Diffractometry (XRD and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM. The sensing mechanism of this sensor is based on the change of the optical properties of the coating when the relative humidity increases. The humidity sensing characteristic has been estimated by measuring the Optical Permeability (OP as a function of percentage of Relative Humidity (%RH in the ranging from 5 to 98% inside a closed chamber. The tapered optical fiber tested with an overlay coating at the optimal working point achieves better sensitivity. The experimental results show that the 5.7 wt% KCl doped ZnO nano-fibers hold super-rapid response and recovery than normal ZnO coating.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of europium ions doping of hydroxyapatite nanorods by the simple two step method

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    Kong, Deyan; Xiao, Xinli; Qiu, Xueying; Zhang, Wenbo; Hu, Yang; Zhang, Shen; Yang, Yulin

    2015-07-01

    Europium doping hydroxyapatite (HAp:Eu3+) nanorods have been successfully prepared via the simple precipitation-hydrolysis route at atmospheric pressure. The precursor samples were testified to be monetite (CaHPO4) by the precipitation step. The HAp:Eu3+ nanorods were single phase and highly crystallized after hydrolysis process. The different doping concentration of Eu3+ ions can change obviously in size and aspect ratio of the HAp:Eu3+ particles. HAp:Eu3+ nanorods show the characteristic emission of Eu3+. The different emission intensity should be due to the doping concentration of Eu3+. The emission intensity of IBU-loading nanoparticles decreased to 63% of that of the as-prepared HAp:Eu3+ nanoparticles, which indicates that the HAp:Eu3+ nanoparticles can be used as a fluorescent label in the drug system. The low load capacity and speedy release were because of the weak reaction between HAp:Eu3+ nanorods and IBU molecules.

  17. Biocompatibility and antimicrobial activity of zinc(II doped hydroxyapatite, synthesized by hydrothermal method

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    Kojić Vesna

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to obtain multifunctional materials with good biocompatibility and antimicrobial effect, hydroxyapatite (HAp doped with Zn2+ was synthesized by hydrothermal method. Powders with different content of zinc ions were synthesized and compared with undoped HAp to investigation of Zn2+ ion influence on the antimicrobial activity of HAp. Analyses of undoped and Zn2+-doped powders before and after thermal treatment at 1200ºC were performed by SEM and XRD. Antimicrobial effects of powders were examined in relation to Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans in liquid medium. The results showed that the obtained powders have good antimicrobial activity, but higher antimicrobial activities of powders doped with Zn2+ were observed after annealing at 1200°C. For powders annealed at 1200°C in vitro biocompatibility tests MTT and DET with MRC-5 fibroblast cells in liquid medium were carried out. Based on MTT and DET tests it was shown that powders do not have a significant cytotoxic effect, which was confirmed by SEM analysis of MRC-5 fibroblast cells after theirs in vitro contact with powders. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III 45019 and FP7-REGPOT-2009-1 NANOTECH FTM

  18. Tunable Room Temperature Second Harmonic Generation in Glasses Doped with CuCI Nanocrystalline Quantum Dots

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    Thantu, Napoleon; Schley, Robert Scott; B. L. Justus

    2003-05-01

    Two-photon excited emission centered at 379-426 nm in photodarkening borosilicate glass doped with CuCl nanocrystalline quantum dots at room temperature has been observed. The emission is detected in the direction of the fundamental near-infrared beam. Time- and frequency-resolved measurements at room temperature and 77 K indicate that the emission is largely coherent light characteristic of second harmonic generation (SHG). An average conversion efficiency of ~10-10 is obtained for a 2 mm thick sample. The observed SHG can originate in the individual noncentrosymmetric nanocrystals, leading to a bulk-like contribution, and at the nanocrystal-glass interface, leading to a surface contribution. The bulk-like conversion efficiency is estimated using previously reported values of coherence length (5m) and bulk nonlinear susceptibility. This bulk-like conversion efficiency estimate is found to be smaller than the measured value, suggesting a more prominent surface contribution.

  19. Boron-Doped Nanocrystalline Diamond Electrodes for Neural Interfaces: In vivo Biocompatibility Evaluation.

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    Alcaide, María; Taylor, Andrew; Fjorback, Morten; Zachar, Vladimir; Pennisi, Cristian P

    2016-01-01

    Boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (BDD) electrodes have recently attracted attention as materials for neural electrodes due to their superior physical and electrochemical properties, however their biocompatibility remains largely unexplored. In this work, we aim to investigate the in vivo biocompatibility of BDD electrodes in relation to conventional titanium nitride (TiN) electrodes using a rat subcutaneous implantation model. High quality BDD films were synthesized on electrodes intended for use as an implantable neurostimulation device. After implantation for 2 and 4 weeks, tissue sections adjacent to the electrodes were obtained for histological analysis. Both types of implants were contained in a thin fibrous encapsulation layer, the thickness of which decreased with time. Although the level of neovascularization around the implants was similar, BDD electrodes elicited significantly thinner fibrous capsules and a milder inflammatory reaction at both time points. These results suggest that BDD films may constitute an appropriate material to support stable performance of implantable neural electrodes over time.

  20. Exchange bias effect in Ti doped nanocrystalline SrFeO3-δ

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    A. Sendil Kumar

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Materials of Ti doped nanocrystalline SrFeO3-δ were synthesized through solid state reaction. Detailed magnetization measurements were carried out in zero field cooled (ZFC and field cooled (FC conditions. Compounds of SrFe1-xTixO3-δ (x = 0.1 to 0.3 are found to be spin glass and parent compound is a helical antiferromagnet. Non magnetic Ti4+ reduces the strength of exchange interactions and the curvature of hysteresis is changed towards concave nature. Exchange bias is observed below the peak temperature (irreversibility in magnetization (TIrr in ZFC-FC of SrFe1-xTixO3-δ (x = 0 to 0.3. The coercivity and exchange bias field values are found to be decreases with increase in temperature. Observed exchange bias effect is attributed to competition between antiferromagnetic superexchange and ferromagnetic double exchange interactions.

  1. Boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond electrodes for neural interfaces: In vivo biocompatibility evaluation

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    María eAlcaide

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (BDD electrodes have recently attracted attention as materials for neural electrodes due to their superior physical and electrochemical properties, however their biocompatibility remains largely unexplored. In this work, we aim to investigate the in vivo biocompatibility of BDD electrodes in relation to conventional titanium nitride (TiN electrodes using a rat subcutaneous implantation model. High quality BDD films were synthesized on electrodes intended for use as an implantable neurostimulation device. After implantation for 2 and 4 weeks, tissue sections adjacent to the electrodes were obtained for histological analysis. Both types of implants were contained in a thin fibrous encapsulation layer, the thickness of which decreased with time. Although the level of neovascularization around the implants was similar, BDD electrodes elicited significantly thinner fibrous capsules and a milder inflammatory reaction at both time points. These results suggest that BDD films may constitute an appropriate material to support stable performance of implantable neural electrodes over time.

  2. Effect of chitosan addition to characteristic and antimicrobial activity of zinc doped hydroxyapatite

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    Rasyida, A.; Wicaksono, S. T.; Pradita, N. N.; Ardhyananta, H.; Purnomo, A.

    2017-07-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAp) doping with zinc was prepared using sol gel method; different chitosan content were further added to prepare the composite, namely 10, 15 and 20% wt. The samples were characterized using FTIR, XRD, SEM-EDX, and AAS. In vitro antimicrobial activities of the composite were evaluated against gram positive and negative bacteria. FTIR results revealed that there were no important changes in the structure of composite, while 10% wt of chitosan in composite shows the highest inhibition zone against Escherichia coli after 24 h incubation. In addition, after 7 days of immersion in simulated body fluid, there were apatite formations in the surface of the composite. These might indicate that this composite could be used as a material candidate for bone substitute applications.

  3. Silver-doped hydroxyapatite coatings formed on Ti–6Al–4V substrates and their characterization

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    Yanovska, A.A., E-mail: biophy@yandex.ru [Institute of Applied Physics National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 58, Sumy 40000 (Ukraine); Stanislavov, A.S. [Institute of Applied Physics National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 58, Sumy 40000 (Ukraine); Sukhodub, L.B. [Institute of Microbiology and Immunology, National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, 14-Puschinskaya St., Kharkov 61057 (Ukraine); Kuznetsov, V.N.; Illiashenko, V.Yu.; Danilchenko, S.N. [Institute of Applied Physics National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 58, Sumy 40000 (Ukraine); Sukhodub, L.F. [Sumy State University, Medical Institute, Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, R. Korsakova Str. 2, Sumy 40007 (Ukraine)

    2014-03-01

    Coatings with antibacterial components for medical implants are recommended to reduce the risk of bacterial infections. Therefore hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings with addition of chitosan (CS) and silver (Ag) are proposed in this work in an attempt to resolve this problem. Ti–6Al–4V substrates were modified by a chitosan film to study the influence of surface modification on the formation of the HA–Ag and HA–CS–Ag coatings. Using a thermal substrate method, HA and HA–CS coatings doped with Ag{sup +} were prepared at low substrate temperatures (90 °C). Coated surfaces were examined using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The amount of silver in the deposited coatings was analyzed by atomic absorption spectroscopy. From this study it is concluded that the substrate surface modified by a chitosan film promotes the coating formation and increases the antibacterial activity of produced coatings against a strain of Escherichia coli. The adhesion of E. coli (ATCC 25922) to sheep erythrocytes was decreased by 14% as compared with the reference samples without Ag. It could be explained by the inhibition of bacterial adhesins by Ag{sup +} ions released. The combined action of silver ions and chitosan resulted in a 21% decrease in adhesive index. - Highlights: • Silver doped hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings are deposited by thermal substrate method. • Surface modification of Ti–6Al–4V substrates by chitosan film is proposed. • The influence of surface modification on HA–Ag coating formation is investigated. • Substrates modified by a chitosan film promote the nucleation of the HA coatings. • Antibacterial effect on the E. coli is more expressed for coatings on modified surface.

  4. Nanocrystalline Ni doped α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} for adsorption of metals from aqueous solution

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    Lemine, O.M., E-mail: leminej@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, College of Sciences, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Ghiloufi, I. [Department of Physics, College of Sciences, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Bououdina, M. [Nanotechnology Centre, University of Bahrain, PO Box 32038 (Bahrain); Department of Physics, College of Science, University of Bahrain, PO Box 32038 (Bahrain); Khezami, L.; M’hamed, Mohamed Ould [Department of Chemistry, College of Sciences, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Hassan, A.T. [Department of Physics, College of Sciences, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    2014-03-05

    Highlights: • Ni doped Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystallines were obtained by mechanical alloying. • XRD confirmed the formation of a secondary phase identified as NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. • The nanoscrystalline are a highly efficient sorbent for metals from aqueous solution. • The nanocrystallines are more efficient to remove Cd (II), Co (II) and Ni (II) than Cr (VI). -- Abstract: Nanocrystalline Ni doped Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders were prepared by high-energy ball-milling from powders mixture of Nickel metal (Ni) and hematite (α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) with balls to powders mass ratio of 10:1 and for different concentration. X-ray diffraction and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) are used to characterize the samples. Phase identification shows that the hematite remains and confirmed the formation of a secondary phase identified as NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. The lattice parameters (a and c) of hematite phase increase with increasing Ni concentration indicating an isotropic lattice expansion. The obtained nanocrystalline powders were tested for toxic metals removal from aqueous solutions. It was found that Ni-doped Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} is a highly efficient sorbent for Cd, Co and Ni from aqueous solution, and the maximum quantities of the adsorbed Cd, Co and Ni concentration per gram of Ni-doped Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} are 65.46 mg/g, 43.29 mg/g, and 42 mg/g respectively. We showed that Ni-doped Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} with 15 wt% is a highly efficient sorbent for Cd, Co and Ni from aqueous solution, and this nanomaterial is more efficient to remove Cd (II), Co (II) and Ni (II) than Cr (VI)

  5. Hafnium-doped hydroxyapatite nanoparticles with ionizing radiation for lung cancer treatment.

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    Chen, Min-Hua; Hanagata, Nobutaka; Ikoma, Toshiyuki; Huang, Jian-Yuan; Li, Keng-Yuan; Lin, Chun-Pin; Lin, Feng-Huei

    2016-06-01

    Recently, photodynamic therapy (PDT) is one of the new clinical options by generating cytotoxic reactive oxygen species (ROS) to kill cancer cells. However, the optical approach of PDT is limited by tissue penetration depth of visible light. In this study, we propose that a ROS-enhanced nanoparticle, hafnium-doped hydroxyapatite (Hf:HAp), which is a material to yield large quantities of ROS inside the cells when the nanoparticles are bombarded with high penetrating power of ionizing radiation. Hf:HAp nanoparticles are generated by wet chemical precipitation with total doping concentration of 15mol% Hf(4+) relative to Ca(2+) in HAp host material. The results show that the HAp particles could be successfully doped with Hf ions, resulted in the formation of nano-sized rod-like shape and with pH-dependent solubility. The impact of ionizing radiation on Hf:HAp nanoparticles is assessed by using in-vitro and in-vivo model using A549 cell line. The 2',7'-dichlorofluorescein diacetate (DCFH-DA) results reveal that after being exposed to gamma rays, Hf:HAp could significantly lead to the formation of ROS in cells. Both cell viability (WST-1) and cytotoxicity (LDH) assay show the consistent results that A549 lung cancer cell lines are damaged with changes in the cells' ROS level. The in-vivo studies further demonstrate that the tumor growth is inhibited owing to the cells apoptosis when Hf:HAp nanoparticles are bombarded with ionizing radiation. This finding offer a new therapeutic method of interacting with ionizing radiation and demonstrate the potential of Hf:HAp nanoparticles in tumor treatment, such as being used in a palliative treatment after lung surgical procedure. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is one of the new clinical options by generating cytotoxic reactive oxygen species (ROS) to kill cancer cells. Unfortunately, the approach of PDT is usually limited to the treatment of systemic disease and deeper tumor, due to the limited tissue penetration depth of visible

  6. Effect of metal-ion doping on the optical properties of nanocrystalline ZnO thin films

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    Mendoza-Galván, A.; Trejo-Cruz, C.; Lee, J.; Bhattacharyya, D.; Metson, J.; Evans, P. J.; Pal, U.

    2006-01-01

    Optical properties of metal (Al, Ag, Sb, and Sn)-ion-implanted ZnO films have been studied by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometric techniques. The effects of metal-ion doping on the optical band gap (Eg), refractive index (n), and extinction coefficient (k) of nanocrystalline ZnO films have been studied for the similar implantation dose of all the metal ions. The ellipsometric spectra of the ion-implanted samples could be well described by considering an air/roughness/ZnO-M (layer 1)/ZnO (layer 2)/glass model. The band gap of ZnO films increases with Al ion doping and decreases with doping of Ag, Sb, and Sn ions. The refractive index of ZnO films in the visible spectral region increases substantially on Sb and Sn ion doping, while it decreases to some extent with Al ion doping.

  7. Hydroxyapatites and europium(III) doped hydroxyapatites as a carrier of silver nanoparticles and their antimicrobial activity.

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    Wiglusz, Rafal J; Kedziora, Anna; Lukowiak, Anna; Doroszkiewicz, Wlodzimierz; Strek, Wieslaw

    2012-08-01

    Hydroxyapatites (Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2 and Eu3+:Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2) were synthesized by aqueous synthesis route. Hydroxyapatites were impregnated with silver ions that were subsequently reduced. XRD, TEM, and SAED measurements were used in order to determine the crystal structure and morphology of the final products. The results showed the well crystallized hydroxyapatite grains with diameter of about 35 nm and with silver nanoparticles on their surface. The antimicrobial activity of the nanoparticles against: Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538 as model of the Gram-positive bacteria, Escherichia coli ATCC 11229, and Klebsiella pneumoniae ATCC 4352 as model of Gram-negative bacteria, were shown with the best activity against K. pneumoniae. These nanocomposite powders can be a promising antimicrobial agent and a fluorescent material for biodetection due to their optical and bioactive properties.

  8. Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of mesoporous nanocrystalline Fe-doped titanium dioxide

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    Qamar, Mohd

    2014-07-01

    Synthesis of mesoporous nanocrystalline iron-doped titania following the sol-gel method is presented in this work. Samples with various molar ratios (0.1, 0.25, 0.5, 1.0, 2.5, 5.0, 10 and 20%) of Fe to Ti were prepared. The particle size was found to be in the range of ∼12 nm while mesopores were approximately near to ∼5.5 nm. The effect of Fe as doping element on titania properties, such as crystallite size, surface area, pore size, pore volume and d-spacing was investigated. Moreover, distribution of Fe in TiO2 matrix was determined by elemental mapping whereas change in absorption properties was evaluated by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. It was observed that as the Fe content was increased, a partial phase transformation from anatase to rutile and pseudorutile took place. Effect of ultraviolet, ultraviolet-visible and visible radiations on the photocatalytic activity of these catalysts was studied by removal of Methyl Orange as model pollutant. As results, it was found that the photocatalytic activity of such catalysts depends strongly on Fe amount and type of radiation. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

  9. Amorphous-nanocrystalline Al doped ZnO transparent conducting thin films

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    Diez-Betriu, X., E-mail: xdiezbetriu@icmm.csic.es [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Cantoblanco 28049 Madrid (Spain); Jimenez-Rioboo, R.; Marcos, J. Sanchez-; Cespedes, E.; Espinosa, A.; Andres, A. de [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Cantoblanco 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2012-09-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Al- doped ZnO films by RF- sputtering as amorphous TCO. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structural characterization confirms amorphous-nanocrystalline nature of samples. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Optical gap dependence on substrate and grain size. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Resistivity correlates to the optical bandgap. - Abstract: Al-doped ZnO films have been deposited at room temperature by means of RF sputtering under different conditions and subjected to annealing treatments looking for amorphous Transparent Conducting Oxide (TCO) films in the search for their integration into the emerging area of the flexible electronics. Structural studies have been performed as well as optical and electrical characterization. Spectroscopic ellipsometry has been used for the determination of the optical gap for films grown on Si and the films thickness. The amorphous fraction of the films (up to 86%) depends on the substrate and RF power but not on the annealing temperature up to 600 Degree-Sign C for glass substrates. The resistivity is found to be independent of the amorphous degree and correlates to the optical bandgap which presents three regimes depending on the annealing temperature.

  10. Mg Doping Effect on the Microstructural and Optical Properties of ZnO Nanocrystalline Films

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    San-Lin Young

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Transparent Zn1-xMgxO (x=0.01, 0.03, and 0.05 nanocrystalline films were prepared by sol-gel method followed by thermal annealing treatment of 700°C. Mg doping effect on the microstructural and optical properties of the Zn1-xMgxO films is investigated. From SEM images of all films, mean sizes of uniform spherical grains increase progressively. Pure wurtzite structure is obtained from the results of XRD. Grain sizes increase from 34.7 nm for x=0.01 and 37.9 nm for x=0.03 to 42.1 nm for x=0.05 deduced from the XRD patterns. The photoluminescence spectra of the films show a strong ultraviolet emission and a weak visible light emission peak. The enhancement of ultraviolet emission and reduction of visible emission are observed due to the increase of Mg doping concentration and the corresponding decrease of oxygen vacancy defects. Besides, the characteristics of the dark/photo currents with n-Zn1-xMgxO/n-Si heterojunction are studied for photodetector application.

  11. Doped nanocrystalline ZnO powders for non-linear resistor applications by spray pyrolysis method.

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    Hembram, Kaliyan; Vijay, R; Rao, Y S; Rao, T N

    2009-07-01

    Homogeneous and doped nanocrystalline ZnO powders (30-200 nm) were synthesized by spray pyrolysis technique. The spray pyrolysed powders were calcined in the temperature range of 500-750 degrees C. Formation of insulating pyrochlore phase started from 700 degrees C during the calcination itself. The calcined powders were compacted and sintered at different temperatures ranging from 900-1200 degrees C for 0.5-4 h. The densification behavior was found to be dependent on calcination temperature of the nanopowder. The resulting discs were found to have density (5.34-5.62 g/cc) in the range of 96-99% of theoretical density. The breakdown voltage value obtained for the nanopowder based non-linear resistor is 10.3 kV/cm with low leakage current density of 0.7 microA/cm2 and coefficient of nonlinearity as high as 193. The activation energy for grain growth of the doped ZnO nanopowder powders is 449.4 +/- 15 kJ/mol.

  12. SPECTROSCOPIC INVESTIGATION AND MAGNETIC STUDY OF IRON, MANGANESE, COPPER AND COBALT-DOPED HYDROXYAPATITE NANOPOWDERS

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Pure, Mn2+, and Fe3+-doped hydroxyapatite (HAp nanoparticles were synthesized by the wet chemical method. Another two samples were prepared by mixing Mn2+ with Cu2+ into HAp (Mn-Cu HAp and Fe3+ with Co2+ into HAp (Fe-Co HAp. All samples were prepared without change in the stoichiometric ratio of Ca/P inside the structure of HAp. Samples were characterized by different types of techniques such as XRD, FTIR, ESR, SEM and EDX. The measurements revealed that a typical HAp powder patterns were obtained. Comparing with pure HAp, Mn2+ substituted HAp (Mn-HAp and Fe3+ substituted HAp (Fe-HAp did not demonstrate significant structure deviation. Since the ion exchange mechanism was achieved for the preparation process, the morphology and particle size were not significantly affected but the calculated crystallinty index (CI values were affected. The absorption spectra of the doped samples are presented as absorption bands a typical Mn2+, and Fe3+ occupying to different crystalline sites. The obtained data agrees well with that obtained from XRD. The crystal field parameters and crystallinty index for sites of these ions in the HAp matrix were calculated. SEM analysis indicated that nanoparticles aggregates were formed. EPR properties make the studied sample to be used in the field of hyperthermia application.

  13. Antibacterial effect and cytotoxicity of Ag-doped functionally graded hydroxyapatite coatings.

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    Bai, Xiao; Sandukas, Stefan; Appleford, Mark; Ong, Joo L; Rabiei, Afsaneh

    2012-02-01

    Functionally graded hydroxyapatite coatings (FGHA) doped with 1, 3, and 6.5 wt % silver (Ag) have been deposited on Titanium using ion-beam-assisted deposition. Scanning transmission electron microscopy on coating cross sections confirmed the presence of FGHA coating with mostly amorphous layers at the top and mostly crystalline layers toward the coating interface as well as the existence of 10-50 nm Ag particles distributed throughout the thickness of the coatings. Calcium release in phosphate buffered saline solution showed a high release rate of Ca at the beginning of the test, and a gradual decrease in release rate thereafter to a minimum level until day 7. Similarly, the release rate of Ag in ultra pure water was initially high in the first 4 h and then gradually decreased over a 7 days period. Antibacterial tests have shown a reduction in the viability of S. aureus in Ag-doped coatings particularly in samples with higher Ag concentrations of 3 and 6.5 wt %. Cytotoxicity tests using an osteoblast cell line, on the other hand, have demonstrated that the samples with 6.5 wt % Ag have a negative effect on osteoblast cell response, proliferation, and apoptosis as well as a negative effect on protein and osteocalcin production. It is notable that the samples with 3 wt % Ag or less presented minimal cytotoxicity compared with control surfaces. Considering both the antibacterial and cytotoxicity effects, it is suggested that the 3 wt % of Ag in FGHA coatings can be favorable.

  14. The influence of Fe doping on the structural, magnetic and optical properties of nanocrystalline ZnO particles

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    Saleh, Rosari, E-mail: rosari.saleh@ui.ac.id [Departemen Fisika, Fakultas MIPA-Universitas Indonesia, 16424 Depok (Indonesia); Prakoso, Suhendro Purbo [Departemen Fisika, Fakultas MIPA-Universitas Indonesia, 16424 Depok (Indonesia); Fishli, Adel [PTBIN-BATAN, Kawasan PUSPITEK Serpong (Indonesia)

    2012-03-15

    We report the results of an investigation of Fe-doped nanocrystalline ZnO particles synthesized using the co-precipitation method with doping concentrations from 5 up to 31 at%. To understand how the dopant influenced the structural, magnetic and optical properties of nanocrystalline ZnO particles, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, infrared absorption spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy, electron spin resonance spectroscopy (ESR) and vibrating sample magnetometer were employed. From the analysis of X-ray diffraction, our Fe-doped nanocrystalline ZnO particles are identified as having the wurtzite crystal structure and the unit cell volume increases with increasing doping concentrations. However, impurity phases are observed for Fe contents higher than 21 at%. Sample structures were further studied by infrared spectra, from which a broad and strong absorption band in the range of 400-700 cm{sup -1} and -OH stretching vibrational mode at approximately 3400 cm{sup -1} were observed. Ultraviolet-visible measurements showed a decrease in the energy gap with increasing Fe content, probably due to an increase in the lattice parameters. Magnetic measurements showed a ferromagnetic behavior for all samples. ESR results indicate the presence of Fe in both valence states Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+}. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fe-doped ZnO nanoparticles (Fe content {<=}31 at%) were prepared by co-precipitation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer All samples exhibited room temperature ferromagnetism. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetization increased with increasing doping concentrations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ESR results indicate the presence of Fe in both valence states Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer These results are consistent with the result obtained from VSM measurements.

  15. Highly conductive boron doped micro/nanocrystalline silicon thin films deposited by VHF-PECVD for solar cell applications

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    Juneja, Sucheta; Sudhakar, S., E-mail: sudhakars@nplindia.org; Gope, Jhuma; Lodhi, Kalpana; Sharma, Mansi; Kumar, Sushil

    2015-09-15

    Graphical abstract: AFM images of boron doped micro/nanocrystalline silicon films at different diborane gas flow. - Highlights: • High deposition rate of 10 Å/s was achieved for boron doped silicon films. • Wide range of optical band gap from 1.32 eV to 1.84 eV observed for the deposited films. - Abstract: Boron doped hydrogenated micro/nanocrystalline silicon (μc/nc-Si:H) thin films have been deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique (PECVD) using silane (SiH{sub 4}) diluted in argon. Diborane (B{sub 2}H{sub 6}) was used as the dopant gas and deposition was carried out at substrate temperature of 200 °C. The diborane flow (F{sub B}) varied in the range 0.00–0.30. Here, we report the effects of B{sub 2}H{sub 6} doping on electronic, optical and structural properties of hydrogenated micro/nanocrystalline silicon films. The structural properties were analyzed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The doped micro/nano crystalline silicon films presented a crystallographic orientation preferentially in the (1 1 1) and (2 2 0) plane. We resolve the deposition parameters that lead to the formation of p-type micro/nanocrystalline silicon thin films with very high value of conductivity and lower optical band gap. Correlations between structural and electrical properties were also studied. Based on temperature dependent conductivity measurements, it has been observed that the room temperature dark conductivity varies in the range 1.45 × 10{sup −4} Ω{sup −1} cm{sup −1} to 2.02 Ω{sup −1} cm{sup −1} for the B-doped films. Meanwhile, the corresponding value of activation energies decreased to 0.06 eV for the B-doped films, which indicates the doped μc/nc-Si films with high conductivity can be achieved and these films prove to be a very good candidate for application in amorphous and micro/nano crystalline silicon solar cells as a p-type window layer.

  16. Progress in rare-earth-doped nanocrystalline glass-ceramics for laser cooling

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    Venkata Krishnaiah, Kummara; Ledemi, Yannick; Soares de Lima Filho, Elton; Loranger, Sebastien; Nemova, Galina; Messaddeq, Younes; Kashyap, Raman

    2016-03-01

    Laser cooling with anti-Stokes fluorescencewas predicted by Pringsheim in 1929, but for solids was only demonstrated in 1995. There are many difficulties which have hindered laser assisted cooling, principally the chemical purity of a sample and the availability of suitable hosts. Recent progress has seen the cooled temperature plummet to 93K in Yb:YLF. One of the challenges for laser cooling to become ubiquitous, is incorporating the rare-earthcooling ion in a more easily engineered material, rather than a pure crystalline host. Rare-earth-doped nanocrystalline glass-ceramics were first developed by Wang and Ohwaki for enhanced luminescence and mechanical properties compared to their parent glasses. Our work has focused on creating a nanocrystalline environment for the cooling ion, in an easy to engineer glass. The glasses with composition 30SiO2-15Al2O3-27CdF2-22PbF2-4YF3-2YbF3 (mol%), have been prepared by the conventional melt-quenching technique. By a simple post fabrication thermal treatment, the rare-earth ions are embedded in the crystalline phase within the glass matrix. Nanocrystals with various sizes and rare-earth concentrations have been fabricated and their photoluminescence properties assessed in detail. These materials show close to unity photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) when pumped above the band. However, they exhibit strong up-conversion into the blue, characteristic of Tm trace impurity whose presence was confirmed. The purification of the starting materials is underway to reduce the background loss to demonstrate laser cooling. Progress in the development of these nano-glass-ceramics and their experimental characterization will be discussed.

  17. Lead detection using micro/nanocrystalline boron-doped diamond by square-wave anodic stripping voltammetry.

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    Arantes, Tatiane M; Sardinha, André; Baldan, Mauricio R; Cristovan, Fernando H; Ferreira, Neidenei G

    2014-10-01

    Monitoring heavy metal ion levels in water is essential for human health and safety. Electroanalytical techniques have presented important features to detect toxic trace heavy metals in the environment due to their high sensitivity associated with their easy operational procedures. Square-wave voltammetry is a powerful electrochemical technique that may be applied to both electrokinetic and analytical measurements, and the analysis of the characteristic parameters of this technique also enables the mechanism and kinetic evaluation of the electrochemical process under study. In this work, we present a complete optimized study on the heavy metal detection using diamond electrodes. It was analyzed the influence of the morphology characteristics as well as the doping level on micro/nanocrystalline boron-doped diamond films by means of square-wave anodic stripping voltammetry (SWASV) technique. The SWASV parameters were optimized for all films, considering that their kinetic response is dependent on the morphology and/or doping level. The films presented reversible results for the Lead [Pb (II)] system studied. The Pb (II) analysis was performed in ammonium acetate buffer at pH 4.5, varying the lead concentration in the range from 1 to 10 μg L(-1). The analytical responses were obtained for the four electrodes. However, the best low limit detection and reproducibility was found for boron doped nanocrystalline diamond electrodes (BDND) doped with 2000 mg L(-1) in B/C ratio.

  18. In vitro study on the degradation of lithium-doped hydroxyapatite for bone tissue engineering scaffold

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    Wang, Yaping; Yang, Xu; Gu, Zhipeng; Qin, Huanhuan [College of Polymer Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Li, Li [Department of Oncology, The 452 Hospital of Chinese PLA, Chengdu, Sichuan Province 610021 (China); Liu, Jingwang [College of Polymer Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Yu, Xixun, E-mail: yuxixun@163.com [College of Polymer Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China)

    2016-09-01

    Li-doped hydroxyapatite (LiHA) which is prepared through introducing low dose of Li into hydroxyapatite (HA) has been increasingly studied as a bone tissue-engineered scaffold. The degradation properties play a crucial role in the success of long-term implantation of a bone tissue-engineered construct. Herein, the in vitro degradation behaviors of LiHA scaffolds via two approaches were investigated in this study: solution-mediated degradation and osteoblast-mediated degradation. In solution-mediated degradation, after being immersed in simulated body fluid (SBF) for some time, some characteristics of these scaffolds (such as release of ionized lithium and phosphate, pH change, mechanical properties, cytocompatibility and SEM surface characterization) were systematically tested. A similar procedure was also employed to research the degradation behaviors of LiHA scaffolds in osteoblast-mediated degradation. The results suggested that the degradation in SBF and degradation in culture medium with cell existed distinguishing mechanisms. LiHA scaffolds were degraded via a hydrolytic mechanism when they were soaked in SBF. Upon degradation, an apatite precipitation (layer) was formed on the surfaces of scaffolds. While a biological mechanism was presented for the degradation of scaffolds in cell-mediated degradation. Compared with pure HA, LiHA scaffolds had a better effect on the growth of osteoblast cells, meanwhile, the release amount of PO{sub 4}{sup 3−} in a degradation medium indicated that osteoblasts could accelerate the degradation of LiHA due to the more physiological activities of osteoblast. According to the results from compressive strength test, doping Li into HA could enhance the strength of HA. Moreover, the results from MTT assay and SEM observation showed that the degradation products of LiHA scaffolds were beneficial to the proliferation of osteoblasts. The results of this research can provide the theoretical basis for the clinical application of Li

  19. Mg-doped hydroxyapatite nanoplates for biomedical applications: A surfactant assisted microwave synthesis and spectroscopic investigations

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    Mishra, Vijay Kumar [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (India); Bhattacharjee, Birendra Nath; Parkash, Om [Department of Ceramic Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (India); Kumar, Devendra, E-mail: devendra.cer@iitbhu.ac.in [Department of Ceramic Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (India); Rai, Shyam Bahadur, E-mail: sbrai49@yahoo.co.in [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (India)

    2014-11-25

    Highlights: • Microwave irradiation technique: employed for the synthesis of Mg-HAp nanoplates. • Surfactant (EDTA) assisted synthesis of Mg-HAp. • FT-IR and Raman analysis of functional groups of Mg-HAp. - Abstract: Nanoplates of Mg doped hydroxyapatite (Mg-HAp) were derived successfully and rapidly via microwave irradiation technique. Hydroxyapatite (HAp) is the hard tissues and main inorganic component in mammals. Different nanostructures of HAp exist in different parts of human bone but nanorods are very common due to its intrinsic nature to grow in rode-like structure under physiological as well as under applied ambient conditions in laboratory. On the addition of Mg at very low level (0.06 mol%) in pure HAp results the formation of 2-D plate-like nanostructures rather than rod-like which is the matter of interest. In this attempt our efforts have been focused on the study of effect of Mg incorporation on structural and spectroscopic properties of HAp prepared via microwave irradiation technique. This technique is preferred due to several advantages viz. very fast as well as homogeneous heating, time/energy saving and eco-friendliness. The calcium nitrate tetrahydrate (Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}⋅4H{sub 2}O)) as a source of calcium, magnesium nitrate hexahydrate (Mg(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}⋅6H{sub 2}O) as a source of magnesium, disodium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate (NaH{sub 2}PO{sub 4}⋅2H{sub 2}O) as a source of phosphorous and sodium ethylene diamine tetra acetate (NaEDTA) as a surfactant were used as starting reagents. Sodium hydroxide (NaOH) pellets were employed to adjust the pH value of final solution. The solution of fixed pH value was kept into the microwave oven generating waves of frequency 2.45 GHz (water absorption frequency) and power 750 W for 8 min. The precipitate thus obtained was washed, centrifuged and then dried at 100 °C for 2 h. Dried powder was then calcined at 700 °C for 2 h. The bright white powder thus obtained was characterized

  20. Synthesis and characterization of {sup 159}Gd-doped hydroxyapatite nanorods for bioapplications as theranostic systems

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    Cipreste, Marcelo F.; Peres, Anderson M.; Cotta, Alexandre A.C.; Aragón, Fermin H.; Antunes, Alan de M.; Leal, Alexandre S.; Macedo, Waldemar A.A.; Sousa, Edésia M.B. de, E-mail: sousaem@cdtn.br

    2016-09-15

    Gadolinium-doped hydroxyapatite (HA-Gd) nanorods have become promisor theranostic nanoparticles for early stage cancers as radioisotope carriers able to act in the treatment and multi-imaging diagnosis by single photon emission computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems. In this work, gadolinium-doped HA nanorods were synthesized aiming the use as theranostic system for osteosarcomas. The as-prepared HA-Gd nanorods were characterized by XRD with Rietveld refinement method, FTIR, XPS, ICP-AES, TEM, SEM, BET and VSM in order to investigate the physical-chemical, morphology, pore size distribution and magnetic properties. Moreover, phosphorous and gadolinium in the HA-Gd sample were activated by neutron capture, in a nuclear reactor, producing {sup 32}P and {sup 159}Gd radioisotopes, and the surfaces of these nanorods were functionalized with folic acid. The results indicate that Gd{sup 3+} are trapped in the HA nanorods crystal net showing great stability of the HA-Gd interaction. Gadolinium provide paramagnetic properties on HA nanorods and structural phosphorous and gadolinium can be activated to induced gamma and beta activity. The well succeeded production of {sup 159}Gd-{sup 32}P-HA makes this material a promisor agent to act as a theranostic system. - Highlights: • Gd- HA nanorods were synthesized aiming their use as theranostic system. • Gd{sup 3+} ions are trapped in the HA nanorods crystal net showing great stability. • Gd- HA presents paramagnetic behavior indicating their use as contrast agents. • HA-{sup 159}Gd-{sup 32}P were successful produced by neutron activation to act as a theranostic system.

  1. Granular superconductivity in metallic and insulating nanocrystalline boron-doped diamond thin films

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    Willems, B L; Zhang, G; Vanacken, J; Moshchalkov, V V [INPAC-Institute for Nanoscale Physics and Chemistry, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200-D, 3000-Leuven (Belgium); Janssens, S D; Haenen, K; Wagner, P, E-mail: bramleo@hotmail.co [Institute for Materials Research (IMO), Hasselt University, BE-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium)

    2010-09-22

    The low-temperature electrical transport properties of nanocrystalline boron-doped diamond (b-NCD) thin films have been found to be strongly affected by the system's granularity. The important differences between the high and low-temperature behaviour are caused by the inhomogeneous nucleation of superconductivity in the samples. In this paper we will discuss the experimental data obtained on several b-NCD thin films, which were studied by either varying their thickness or boron concentration. It will be shown that the low-temperature properties are influenced by the b-NCD grain boundaries as well as by the appearance of an intrinsic granularity inside these granules. Moreover, superconducting effects have been found to be present even in insulating b-NCD films and are responsible for the negative magnetoresistance regime observed at low temperatures. On the other hand, the low-temperature electrical transport properties of b-NCD films show important similarities with those observed for granular superconductors.

  2. Electrochemical decolorization of dye wastewater by surface-activated boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond electrode.

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    Chen, Chienhung; Nurhayati, Ervin; Juang, Yaju; Huang, Chihpin

    2016-07-01

    Complex organics contained in dye wastewater are difficult to degrade and often require electrochemical advanced oxidation processes (EAOPs) to treat it. Surface activation of the electrode used in such treatment is an important factor determining the success of the process. The performance of boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (BD-NCD) film electrode for decolorization of Acid Yellow (AY-36) azo dye with respect to the surface activation by electrochemical polarization was studied. Anodic polarization found to be more suitable as electrode pretreatment compared to cathodic one. After anodic polarization, the originally H-terminated surface of BD-NCD was changed into O-terminated, making it more hydrophilic. Due to the oxidation of surface functional groups and some portion of sp(2) carbon in the BD-NCD film during anodic polarization, the electrode was successfully being activated showing lower background current, wider potential window and considerably less surface activity compared to the non-polarized one. Consequently, electrooxidation (EO) capability of the anodically-polarized BD-NCD to degrade AY-36 dye was significantly enhanced, capable of nearly total decolorization and chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal even after several times of re-using. The BD-NCD film electrode favored acidic condition for the dye degradation; and the presence of chloride ion in the solution was found to be more advantageous than sulfate active species.

  3. Modelling of flame temperature of solution combustion synthesis of nanocrystalline calcium hydroxyapatite material and its parametric optimization

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    Samir K Ghosh; Sukhomay Pal; Sujit K Roy; Surjya K Pal; Debabrata Basu

    2010-08-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAp), an important bio-ceramic was successfully synthesized by combustion in the aqueous system containing calcium nitrate-di-ammonium hydrogen orthophosphate-urea. The combustion flame temperature of solution combustion reaction depends on various process parameters, and it plays a significant role in the phase formation, phase stability and physical characteristics of calcium hydroxyapatite powder. In this work, an attempt has been made to evaluate the influence of each selected process parameters on the flame temperature as well as physical characteristics of powder, and to select an optimal parameters setting using Taguchi method. A regression model has also been developed to correlate the input parameters, viz. batch size, diluents, fuel to oxidizer ratio and initial furnace temperature, with flame temperature of the solution combustion reaction. The adequacy of the developed model has been checked using analysis of variance technique.

  4. Kinetic evaluation study on the bioactivity of silver doped hydroxyapatite-polyvinyl alcohol nanocomposites.

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    Mostafa, Amany A; Oudadesse, Hassane; El Sayed, Mayyada M H; Kamal, Gehan; Kamel, Mohamed; Foad, Enas

    2014-12-01

    This work investigates the effect of adding silver nanoparticles (NPs) in ppm on the bioactivity of hydroxyapatite/polyvinyl alcohol nanocomposites (HAV). HAV prepared by an in situ biomimetic approach was doped with different concentrations of silver NPs (HAV-Ag), and the formed powder samples were characterized by different techniques such as Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-EOS), X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope, and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. Bioactivity was evaluated in simulated body fluid through studying the kinetics of Ca and P uptake onto the different HAV-Ag nanocomposites. Uptake profiles of Ca and P were well described by a pseudo-second order kinetic model, and the obtained kinetic parameters confirmed that the highest uptake capacities were achieved by adding less than 0.001 ppm of silver NPs which is an amount not detectable by ICP. Furthermore, HAV-Ag nanocomposites were shown to be non-toxic as well as have a strong antibacterial effect. Silver NPs significantly enhanced the bioactivity of HAV nanocomposites and thus the developed nanocomposites promise to be excellent biomaterials for bone and reconstructive surgery applications.

  5. Defect engineered d{sup 0} ferromagnetism in tin-doped indium oxide nanostructures and nanocrystalline thin-films

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    Khan, Gobinda Gopal, E-mail: gobinda.gk@gmail.com, E-mail: sghoshphysics@gmail.com; Sarkar, Ayan [Centre for Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Calcutta, Technology Campus, Block JD-2, Sector III, Salt Lake City, Kolkata 700 098 (India); Ghosh, Shyamsundar, E-mail: gobinda.gk@gmail.com, E-mail: sghoshphysics@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Bejoy Narayan Mahavidyalaya, P.O. Itachuna, Hooghly 712 147 (India); Mandal, Guruprasad; Mukherjee, Goutam Dev [Department of Physical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, Mohanpur Campus, BCKV Campus Main Office, Nadia 741 252 (India); Manju, Unnikrishnan [Materials Characterization Division, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, 2A & 2B Raja S. C. Mullick Road, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700 032 (India); Banu, Nasrin; Dev, Bhupendra Nath [Department of Material Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, 2A & 2B Raja S. C. Mullick Road, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700 032 (India)

    2015-08-21

    Origin of unexpected defect engineered room-temperature ferromagnetism observed in tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) nanostructures (Nanowires, Nano-combs) and nanocrystalline thin films fabricated by pulsed laser deposition has been investigated. It is found that the ITO nanostructures prepared under argon environment exhibit strongest ferromagnetic signature as compared to that nanocrystalline thin films grown at oxygen. The evidence of singly ionized oxygen vacancy (V{sub 0}{sup +}) defects, obtained from various spectroscopic measurements, suggests that such V{sub 0}{sup +} defects are mainly responsible for the intrinsic ferromagnetic ordering. The exchange interaction of the defects provides extensive opportunity to tune the room-temperature d{sup 0} ferromagnetism and optical properties of ITOs.

  6. Photocatalytic degradation of coking wastewater by nanocrystalline (Fe,N) co-doped TiO2 powders

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    2010-01-01

    The yellowish nitrogen and iron co-doped nanocrystalline titanium dioxide ((Fe,N) co-doped TiO2) powders have been prepared by hydrothermal method using TiOSO4 and CO(NH2)2 as starting materials.The grain size of the synthesized powders was estimated as 11 nm by Scherrer’s method.The UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra indicated that the light absorption edge of the powders was red-shifted up to 605 nm.And the doped TiO2 powders exhibited good photocatalytic activities during the photo-degradation of coking wastewater under sunshine irradiation.The biotreatability of the coking wasterwater after photocatalytic degradation was improved greatly and it is more suitable to be further treated by biochemical method.

  7. Histological and histomorphometrical analysis of a silica matrix embedded nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite bone substitute using the subcutaneous implantation model in Wistar rats

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    Ghanaati, Shahram; Orth, Carina; Barbeck, Mike; Kirkpatrick, Charles James [Institute of Pathology, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Langenbeckstrasse 1, 55101 Mainz (Germany); Willershausen, Ines [Institute for Dental Material Sciences and Technology, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Anselm-Franz-von-Bentzel-Weg 14, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Thimm, Benjamin W [Institute for Biomechanics, ETH Zuerich, Wolfgang-Pauli-Str.10, 8093 Zuerich (Switzerland); Booms, Patrick [Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, Section of Medicine, Surgery and Anaesthesia, University of Leeds (United Kingdom); Stuebinger, Stefan; Landes, Constantin; Sader, Robert Anton, E-mail: ghanaati@uni-mainz.d [Department for Oral, Cranio-Maxillofacial and Facial Plastic Surgery, Medical Center of the Goethe University Frankfurt, Theodor-Stein-Kai 7, 60596 Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    2010-06-01

    The clinical suitability of a bone substitute material is determined by the ability to induce a tissue reaction specific to its composition. The aim of this in vivo study was to analyze the tissue reaction to a silica matrix-embedded, nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite bone substitute. The subcutaneous implantation model in Wistar rats was chosen to assess the effect of silica degradation on the vascularization of the biomaterial and its biodegradation within a time period of 6 months. Already at day 10 after implantation, histomorphometrical analysis showed that the vascularization of the implantation bed reached its peak value compared to all other time points. Both vessel density and vascularization significantly decreased until day 90 after implantation. In this time period, the bone substitute underwent a significant degradation initiated by TRAP-positive and TRAP-negative multinucleated giant cells together with macrophages and lymphocytes. Although no specific tissue reaction could be related to the described silica degradation, the biomaterial was close to being fully degraded without a severe inflammatory response. These characteristics are advantageous for bone regeneration and remodeling processes.

  8. Clinical Outcomes after Treatment of Periodontal Intrabony Defects with Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite (Ostim or Enamel Matrix Derivatives (Emdogain: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial

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    Elyan Al Machot

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Periodontitis is an inflammatory process in response to dental biofilm and leads to periodontal tissue destruction. The aim of this study was the comparison of outcomes using either an enamel matrix derivative (EMD or a nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (NHA in regenerative periodontal therapy after 6 and 12 months. Methods. Using a parallel group, prospective randomized study design, we enrolled 19 patients in each group. The primary outcome was bone fill after 12 months. Attachment gain, probing pocket depth (PPD reduction, and recession were secondary variables. Additionally, early wound healing and adverse events were assessed. Data analysis included test of noninferiority of NHA group (test compared to EMD group (reference in bone fill. Differences in means of secondary variables were compared by paired t-test, frequency data by exact χ2 test. Results. Both groups showed significant bone fill, reduction of PPD, increase in recession, and gain of attachment after 6 and 12 months. No significant differences between groups were found at any time point. Adverse events were comparable between both groups with a tendency of more complaints in the NHA group. Conclusion. The clinical outcomes were similar in both groups. EMD could have some advantage compared to NHA regarding patients comfort and adverse events. The trial is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00757159.

  9. Synthesis of magnesium- and manganese-doped hydroxyapatite structures assisted by the simultaneous incorporation of strontium

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    Moreira, Mirna Pereira [Laboratório de Biomateriais, P" 2CEM/UFS, Av. Marechal Rondon, s/n, São Cristóvão 49100-000, Sergipe (Brazil); Dulce de Almeida Soares, Gloria [Dep. de Eng. Metal. e de Materiais, COPPE/UFRJ, CP 68505, Rio de Janeiro 21941-972 (Brazil); Dentzer, Joseph; Anselme, Karine [Institut de Science des Matériaux de Mulhouse (IS2M), CNRS UMR7361, Université de Haute-Alsace, 15, rue Jean Starcky, BP 2488, 68057 Mulhouse (France); Sena, Lídia Ágata de; Kuznetsov, Alexei [Divisão de Metrologia de Materiais, Inmetro, Av. N. Sra. das Graças, 50, Duque de Caxias 25250-020, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Santos, Euler Araujo dos, E-mail: euler@ufs.br [Laboratório de Biomateriais, P" 2CEM/UFS, Av. Marechal Rondon, s/n, São Cristóvão 49100-000, Sergipe (Brazil)

    2016-04-01

    Samples of crystalline hydroxyapatite (HA) with and without the addition of individual Mg{sup 2+}, Mn{sup 2+} and Sr{sup 2+} ions and samples with the addition of all three ions simultaneously were prepared using the precipitation method in an aqueous medium. Chemical, structural, spectroscopic and thermophysical analyses of the synthesized samples were conducted. The obtained results indicate that Sr{sup 2+} ions were easily incorporated into the HA crystal structure, whereas it was difficult to incorporate Mg{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} ions into the HA lattice when these ions were individually introduced into the samples. The synthesis of HA with Mg{sup 2+} or Mn{sup 2+} ions is characterized by the formation of HA with a low concentration of doping elements that is outweighed by the amount of these atoms present in less biocompatible phases that formed simultaneously. However, the incorporation of Sr{sup 2+} along with Mg{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} ions into the samples allowed for the synthesis of HA with considerably higher concentrations of Mg{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} in the crystal lattice. - Graphical abstract: Sr{sup 2+} ions were easily incorporated into the HA lattice, whereas Mg{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} ions were hardly retained in the HA structure after heating to 1000 °C when they were individually incorporated in the samples. Nevertheless, co-substitution with Sr{sup 2+} ions allowed for better fixation of the Mg{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} ions into the HA lattice. - Highlights: • Mg{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} ions have a great difficulty being stabilized in the apatite lattice. • Sr{sup 2+} ions can stabilize Mg{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} in the hydroxyapatite structure. • Except for Mn{sup 2+}, Sr{sup 2+} and Mg{sup 2+} obstruct the release of CO{sub 2}.

  10. Antimicrobial activity and biocompatibility of Ag{sup +}- and Cu{sup 2+}-doped biphasic hydroxyapatite/α-tricalcium phosphate obtained from hydrothermally synthesized Ag{sup +}- and Cu{sup 2+}-doped hydroxyapatite

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    Radovanović, Željko, E-mail: zradovanovic@tmf.bg.ac.rs [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Karnegijeva 4, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Jokić, Bojan; Veljović, Djordje; Dimitrijević, Suzana [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Karnegijeva 4, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Kojić, Vesna [Oncology Institute of Vojvodina, Institutski put 4, 21204 Sremska Kamenica (Serbia); Petrović, Rada; Janaćković, Djordje [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Karnegijeva 4, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2014-07-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAp) powders doped with Ag{sup +} or Cu{sup 2+} were synthesized by a hydrothermal method in order to obtain biomaterial with an antimicrobial effect. The synthesis was performed with two contents of dopant (Ag{sup +} or Cu{sup 2+}) by considering both the antimicrobial activities and biocompatibility of the powders. The doped HAp was annealed at 1200 °C for 2 h with the intention of investigating the influence of doping with Ag{sup +} and Cu{sup 2+} on the creation of the biphasic HAp/α-tricalcium phosphate (HAp/α-TCP) and determining the antimicrobial activity and biocompatibility of the obtained biphasic powders. Analyses of all powders, undoped and doped HAp and HAp/α-TCP, were performed by Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The in vitro antibacterial activities of the powders were evaluated against: Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans. All powders showed good antimicrobial activity but generally the powders of doped HAp/α-TCP had more uniform results against all pathogenic microorganisms than the powders of doped HAp. In vitro biocompatibility tests, MTT and DET, were used to evaluate the biocompatibility of Ag{sup +}- and Cu{sup 2+}-doped HAp/α-TCP with MRC-5 human fibroblast cells. These tests confirmed that powders do not have a cytotoxic effect. The HAp/α-TCP powders doped with the lower content of Ag{sup +} and Cu{sup 2+} showed especially good biocompatibility. Antimicrobial and biocompatibility tests recommend the Ag{sup +}- and Cu{sup 2+}-doped HAp/α-TCP as promising material for use in reconstructive surgery of bone.

  11. Comparative physical, chemical and biological assessment of simple and titanium-doped ovine dentine-derived hydroxyapatite coatings fabricated by pulsed laser deposition

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    Duta, L.; Mihailescu, N.; Popescu, A. C.; Luculescu, C. R.; Mihailescu, I. N.; Çetin, G.; Gunduz, O.; Oktar, F. N.; Popa, A. C.; Kuncser, A.; Besleaga, C.; Stan, G. E.

    2017-08-01

    We report on the synthesis by Pulsed Laser Deposition of simple and Ti doped hydroxyapatite thin films of biological (ovine dentine) origin. Detailed physical, chemical, mechanical and biological investigations were performed. Morphological examination of films showed a surface composed of spheroidal particulates, of micronic size. Compositional analyses pointed to the presence of typical natural doping elements of bone, along with a slight non-stoichiometry of the deposited films. Structural investigations proved the monophasic hydroxyapatite nature of both simple and Ti doped films. Ti doping of biological hydroxyapatite induced an overall downgrade of the films crystallinity together with an increase of the films roughness. It is to be emphasized that bonding strength values measured at film/Ti substrate interface were superior to the minimum value imposed by International Standards regulating the load-bearing implant coatings. In vitro tests on Ti doped structures, compared to simple ones, revealed excellent biocompatibility in human mesenchymal stem cell cultures, a higher proliferation rate and a good cytocompatibility. The obtained results aim to elucidate the overall positive role of Ti doping on the hydroxyapatite films performance, and demonstrate the possibility to use this novel type of coatings as feasible materials for future implantology applications.

  12. Characterization and antibacterial activity of nanocrystalline Mn doped Fe2O3 thin films grown by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method

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    Successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method have been successfully employed to grow nanocrystalline Mn doped α-Fe2O3 thin films onto glass substrates. The structural analysis revealed that, the films are nanocrystalline in nature with rhombohedral structure. The optical studies showed that α-Fe2O3 thin film exhibits 3.02 eV band gap energy and it decreases to 2.95 eV as the Mn doping percentage in it was increased from 0 to 8 wt.%. The SILAR grown α-Fe2O3 film exhibits antib...

  13. Development of Nano-crystalline Doped-Ceramic Enabled Fiber Sensors for High Temperature In-Situ Monitoring of Fossil Fuel Gases

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    Xiao, Hai [Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO (United States); Dong, Junhang [Univ. of Cincinnati, OH (United States); Lin, Jerry [Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ (United States); Romero, Van [New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM (United States)

    2012-03-01

    This is a final technical report for the first project year from July 1, 2005 to Jan 31, 2012 for DoE/NETL funded project DE-FC26-05NT42439: Development of Nanocrystalline Doped-Ceramic Enabled Fiber Sensors for High Temperature In-Situ Monitoring of Fossil Fuel Gases. This report summarizes the technical progresses and achievements towards the development of novel nanocrystalline doped ceramic material-enabled optical fiber sensors for in situ and real time monitoring the gas composition of flue or hot gas streams involved in fossil-fuel based power generation and hydrogen production.

  14. Biominerals doped nanocrystalline nickel oxide as efficient humidity sensor: A green approach

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    John Kennedy, L. [Materials Division, School of Advanced Sciences, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) Chennai, Chennai 600 048, Tamil Nadu (India); Magesan, P. [Department of Chemistry, College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University Chennai, Chennai 600 025, Tamil Nadu (India); Judith Vijaya, J. [Catalysis and Nanomaterials Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Loyola College (Autonomous), Chennai 600 034, Tamil Nadu (India); Umapathy, M.J. [Department of Chemistry, College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University Chennai, Chennai 600 025, Tamil Nadu (India); Aruldoss, Udaya, E-mail: udayaevs@yahoo.co.in [Department of Chemistry, College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University Chennai, Chennai 600 025, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2014-12-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A new resistive type of sensor was prepared by green synthesis. • The mineral oxide from seed part of Hygrophila spinosa T. Anders (HST) plant is chosen as a dopant in NiO. • The HST plant is found abundantly and commercially available in many countries. • The band gap of NH2 (Ni:HST of 0.5:0.5 weight ratio) sample is greater than prepared bulk NiO due to quantum effects. • The NH2 sample shows remarkable changes in the humidity sensing properties. - Abstract: The simple and green method is adopted for the preparation of biominerals (derived from the Hygrophila spinosa T. Anders plant seeds) doped nanocrystalline NiO. The prepared samples were subjected to instrumental analysis such as XRD, FT-IR, HR-SEM, EDX, UV–vis–DRS techniques. The surface area of all the samples was calculated from the Williamson–Hall's plot. The humidity sensitivity factor (S{sub f}) of the prepared samples was evaluated by two probe dc electrical resistance method at different relative humidity levels. The change in the resistance was observed for the entire sensor samples except pure NiO (NH0). Compared to all the other composition, HST of 0.5% in NiO (NH2 sample) enhances the sensitivity factor (S{sub f}) of about 90,000. The NH2 sample exhibited good linearity, reproducibility and response and recovery time about 210 ± 5 s and 232 ± 4 s, respectively. It is found that the sensitivity largely depends on composition, crystallite size and surface area.

  15. Enhanced violet photoemission of nanocrystalline fluorine doped zinc oxide (FZO) thin films

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    Anusha, Muthukumar; Arivuoli, D.; Manikandan, E.; Jayachandran, M.

    2015-09-01

    Highly stable fluorine doped nanocrystalline zinc oxide thin films were prepared on corning glass substrates by aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD) at variable deposition temperature of 360 °C, 380 °C and 420 °C. Especially, the optimum deposition temperature was investigated for high intense violet emission. The film crystallinity improved with the increasing deposition temperature and highly textured film was obtained at 420 °C. The films exhibited surface morphology variation from spherical to platelets due to deposition temperature effect, analyzed by field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM). Higher growth rate observed at 420 °C which leads larger grains and lowest resistivity of ∼5.77 Ω cm among the deposited films which may be due to reduction in zinc vacancies and grain boundary area. Zinc vacancies are acts as electron killer centres. UV-visible spectra indicated higher transmittance (83-90%) in the visible region. Red shift of optical absorption edges associated with the increase in particle size consistent well with the XRD results. Reduced E2(high) intensity was observed in Raman spectra, for the film deposited at 380 °C which indicates decreased oxygen incorporation confirmed by PL spectra. Especially, enhanced violet emission observed at 3.06 eV for the films deposited at 380 °C due to electronic transition from the defect level of zinc vacancies to the conduction band, probably attributed to enhanced incorporation of 'F' into 'O' sites associated with increased Zn vacancies and also decreased oxygen incorporation consistent with the electrical and Raman analyses.

  16. Comparative evaluation of the efficacy of synthetic nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite bone graft (Ostim® and synthetic microcrystalline hydroxyapatite bone graft (Osteogen® in the treatment of human periodontal intrabony defects: A clinical and denta scan study

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    Monika Kamboj

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: To evaluate the relative efficacy of synthetic nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HA (Ostim® and microcrystalline HA (Osteogen® bone grafts in the treatment of human periodontal intrabony defects clinically and radiographically through denta scan. Materials and Methods: Ten chronic periodontitis patients with bilateral intrabony periodontal defects of ≥2 mm radiographic defect depth below 55 years of age were selected randomly and treated with synthetic nanocrystalline HA (Ostim® or synthetic microcrystalline HA (Osteogen® bone graft. Clinical parameters including probing depth (PD and clinical attachment level (CAL were measured preoperatively and postoperatively at 3 and 6 months for each of the defects using an occlusal acrylic stent. Radiographic parameters were measured with the help of denta scan preoperatively and postoperatively at 6 months. Results: At 6 months following therapy, the Osteogen® group showed a reduction in mean PD from 11.10 ± 1.663 to 8.50 ± 0.850 mm and a change in mean CAL from 6.30 ± 1.160 to 3.40 ± 0.516 mm, whereas in the Ostim® group, the mean PD decreased from 11.20 ± 0.919 to 8.30 ± 0.823 mm and mean CAL decreased from 6.10 ± 0.738 to 3.30 ± 0.483 mm. At 6 months following therapy, denta scan showed a reduction in mean intrabony defect depth in the Osteogen® group from 2.54 ± 0.786 to 1.01 ± 0.448 mm, whereas in the Ostim® group, it was 2.71 ± 0.650 mm to 1.12 ± 0.563 mm. Conclusion: It was concluded that both the HA bone grafts produced statistically significant reduction in pocket depth, in the depth of osseous lesion, and a statistically significant gain in attachment level, irrespective of their physico-chemical properties.

  17. Mg-Doped Hydroxyapatite/Chitosan Composite Coated 316L Stainless Steel Implants for Biomedical Applications.

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    Sutha, S; Dhineshbabu, N R; Prabhu, M; Rajendran, V

    2015-06-01

    In this investigation, ultrasonication process was used for the synthesis of magnesium doped nano-hydroxyapatite (MH) (0, 1, 2, and 3 mol% of Mg concentration) particles with controlled size and surface morphology. The size of the prepared MH particles was in the range of 20-100 nm with narrow distribution. Increase in the concentration of Mg reduced the particle size distribution from 60 to 40 nm. On incorporation of Mg in HAp lattice, an increase of 20-66 nm in specific surface area was observed in microporous HAp particles. XRF and XRD patterns reveal that the particles possess stoichiometric composition with reduced crystallinity with respect to the Mg concentration. Surface morphology of MH/chitosan (CTS) coated implant was found to be uniform without any defects. The corrosion rate of the implant decreased with increase in Mg concentration. The in vitro formation of bonelike apatite layer on the surface of the MH/CTS coated implant was observed from simulated body fluid studies. The antimicrobial activity of the MH/CTS composites against gram-positive and gram-negative bacterial strains indicated that increasing Mg concentration enhanced antimicrobial properties. Nanoindentation analysis of apatite coated implant surface reveals that the mechanical property depends on the concentration of magnesium in HAp. From the cytotoxicity analysis against NIH 3T3 fibroblast, it was observed that the Mg incorporated HAp/CTS composite was less toxic than the MHO/CTS composite. From this result, it was concluded that the MH/CTS nanocomposites coated implant is the excellent material for implants.

  18. Magnetic poly(ε-caprolactone)/iron-doped hydroxyapatite nanocomposite substrates for advanced bone tissue engineering.

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    Gloria, A; Russo, T; D'Amora, U; Zeppetelli, S; D'Alessandro, T; Sandri, M; Bañobre-López, M; Piñeiro-Redondo, Y; Uhlarz, M; Tampieri, A; Rivas, J; Herrmannsdörfer, T; Dediu, V A; Ambrosio, L; De Santis, R

    2013-03-06

    In biomedicine, magnetic nanoparticles provide some attractive possibilities because they possess peculiar physical properties that permit their use in a wide range of applications. The concept of magnetic guidance basically spans from drug delivery and hyperthermia treatment of tumours, to tissue engineering, such as magneto-mechanical stimulation/activation of cell constructs and mechanosensitive ion channels, magnetic cell-seeding procedures, and controlled cell proliferation and differentiation. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to develop fully biodegradable and magnetic nanocomposite substrates for bone tissue engineering by embedding iron-doped hydroxyapatite (FeHA) nanoparticles in a poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) matrix. X-ray diffraction analyses enabled the demonstration that the phase composition and crystallinity of the magnetic FeHA were not affected by the process used to develop the nanocomposite substrates. The mechanical characterization performed through small punch tests has evidenced that inclusion of 10 per cent by weight of FeHA would represent an effective reinforcement. The inclusion of nanoparticles also improves the hydrophilicity of the substrates as evidenced by the lower values of water contact angle in comparison with those of neat PCL. The results from magnetic measurements confirmed the superparamagnetic character of the nanocomposite substrates, indicated by a very low coercive field, a saturation magnetization strictly proportional to the FeHA content and a strong history dependence in temperature sweeps. Regarding the biological performances, confocal laser scanning microscopy and AlamarBlue assay have provided qualitative and quantitative information on human mesenchymal stem cell adhesion and viability/proliferation, respectively, whereas the obtained ALP/DNA values have shown the ability of the nanocomposite substrates to support osteogenic differentiation.

  19. Sn-doped ZnO nanocrystalline thin films with enhanced linear and nonlinear optical properties for optoelectronic applications

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    Ganesh, V.; Yahia, I. S.; AlFaify, S.; Shkir, Mohd.

    2017-01-01

    In the current work, nanocrystalline undoped and Sn doped ZnO thin films with different doping concentrations (1, 3, 5, 7 at%) have been deposited on glass substrate by low cost spin coating technique. The strong effect of Sn doping on structural, morphological, optical, nonlinear properties have been observed. X-ray diffraction study revealed that all the thin films are preferentially grown along (002) plane. The crystallite size is found to be increased with increasing the concentration of Sn, similar behavior was observed by atomic force microscopy analysis. Optical study shows that the prepared thin films are highly transparent. The direct optical band gap was calculate and found to be 3.16, 3.20, 3.22, 3.34, 3.18 eV for pure and doped films respectively. The refractive index, linear susceptibility, nonlinear absorption coefficient, nonlinear susceptibility and nonlinear refractive index were calculated. Furthermore, the third order nonlinear optical properties are investigated using Z-scan technique and their values are found to be -3.75×10-8 cm2/W, -3.76×10-3 cm/W and 0.65×10-3 esu for 7% Sn doped ZnO, respectively. There is a good correlation between theoretical and experimental third order nonlinear properties and higher values shows that the deposited films are may be applied in nonlinear optical applications.

  20. Synthesis of La{sup 3+} doped nanocrystalline ceria powder by urea-formaldehyde gel combustion route

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    Biswas, M. [Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata 700 032 (India); Bandyopadhyay, S., E-mail: sbando@cgcri.res.in [Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata 700 032 (India)

    2012-03-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nano LC synthesized by gel combustion, using urea-formaldehyde fuel for first time. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Largely single crystals were produced in average range of 20-30 nm. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer La{sup 3+} doping increases cell dimension linearly. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer La{sup 3+} doping introduces ionic point defects but does not change electronic band gap. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Presence of Ce{sup 3+} indicates that this synthesis route produces reactive powders. -- Abstract: Nanocrystalline ceria powders doped with various concentrations of lanthanum oxide have been prepared following gel combustion route using for the first time urea-formaldehyde as fuel. The synthesized products were characterized by XRD, FESEM, TEM, PL and UV-vis spectroscopy. Peak positions of XRD were refined and the lattice parameters were obtained by applying Cohen's method. Unit cell parameter increases with concentration of La{sup 3+} ion and the variation is consistently linear. XRD calculations showed the dependence of crystallite size on dopant concentrations at lower level. TEM observation revealed unagglomerated particles to be single crystals in the average range of 20-30 nm. Band gap of the La{sup 3+} doped ceria materials does not change with doping. Spectroscopic experiments proved the existence of Ce{sup 3+} in the formed powder.

  1. Novel microcalorimetric assay for antibacterial activity of implant coatings: The cases of silver-doped hydroxyapatite and calcium hydroxide.

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    Braissant, Olivier; Chavanne, Philippe; de Wild, Michael; Pieles, Uwe; Stevanovic, Sabrina; Schumacher, Ralf; Straumann, Lukas; Wirz, Dieter; Gruner, Philipp; Bachmann, Alexander; Bonkat, Gernot

    2015-08-01

    Biomaterials with antimicrobial properties are now commonly used in different clinical specialties including orthopedics, endodontic, and traumatology. As a result, assessing the antimicrobial effect of coatings applied on implants is of critical importance. In this study, we demonstrate that isothermal microcalorimetry (IMC) can be used for monitoring bacterial growth and biofilm formation at the surface of such coatings and for determining their antimicrobial effects. The antibacterial effects of silver doped hydroxyapatite (HA) and calcium hydroxide coatings on Staphylococcus epidermidis were determined with a minimal workload. Using the Gompertz growth model we determined biofilm growth rates close to those values reported in the literature. Furthermore, we were able to estimate the reduction in the bacterial inocula originally applied at the surface of the coatings. Therefore, in addition to monitoring the antimicrobial effect of silver doped HA and calcium hydroxide coatings, we also demonstrate that IMC might be a valuable tool for assessing such antimicrobial properties of implant coatings at a minimal workload.

  2. Photoluminescence of dense nanocrystalline titanium dioxide thin films: effect of doping and thickness and relation to gas sensing.

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    Mercado, Candy; Seeley, Zachary; Bandyopadhyay, Amit; Bose, Susmita; McHale, Jeanne L

    2011-07-01

    The photoluminescence (PL) of dense nanocrystalline (anatase) TiO(2) thin films is reported as a function of calcination temperature, thickness, and tungsten and nickel doping. The dependence of the optical absorption, Raman spectra, and PL spectra on heat treatment and dopants reveals the role of oxygen vacancies, crystallinity, and phase transformation in the performance of TiO(2) films used as gas sensors. The broad visible PL from defect states of compact and undoped TiO(2) films is found to be much brighter and less sensitive to the presence of oxygen than that of mesoporous films. The dense nanocrystalline grains and the nanoparticles comprising the mesoporous film are comparable in size, demonstrating the importance of film morphology and carrier transport in determining the intensity of defect photoluminescence. At higher calcination temperatures, the transformation to rutile results in the appearance of a dominant near-infrared peak. This characteristic change in the shape of the PL spectra demonstrates efficient capture of conduction band electrons by the emerging rutile phase. The W-doped samples show diminished PL with quenching on the red side of the emission spectrum occurring at lower concentration and eventual disappearance of the PL at higher W concentration. The results are discussed within the context of the performance of the TiO(2) thin films as CO gas sensors and the chemical nature of luminescent defects.

  3. Implantation of silicon dioxide-based nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and pure phase beta-tricalciumphosphate bone substitute granules in caprine muscle tissue does not induce new bone formation

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    Ghanaati Shahram

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Osteoinductive bone substitutes are defined by their ability to induce new bone formation even at heterotopic implantation sites. The present study was designed to analyze the potential osteoinductivity of two different bone substitute materials in caprine muscle tissue. Materials and methods One gram each of either a porous beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP or an hydroxyapatite/silicon dioxide (HA/SiO2-based nanocrystalline bone substitute material was implanted in several muscle pouches of goats. The biomaterials were explanted at 29, 91 and 181 days after implantation. Conventional histology and special histochemical stains were performed to detect osteoblast precursor cells as well as mineralized and unmineralized bone matrix. Results Both materials underwent cellular degradation in which tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP-positive osteoclast-like cells and TRAP-negative multinucleated giant cells were involved. The ß-TCP was completely resorbed within the observation period, whereas some granules of the HA-groups were still detectable after 180 days. Neither osteoblasts, osteoblast precursor cells nor extracellular bone matrix were found within the implantation bed of any of the analyzed biomaterials at any of the observed time points. Conclusions This study showed that ß-TCP underwent a faster degradation than the HA-based material. The lack of osteoinductivity for both materials might be due to their granular shape, as osteoinductivity in goat muscle has been mainly attributed to cylindrical or disc-shaped bone substitute materials. This hypothesis however requires further investigation to systematically analyze various materials with comparable characteristics in the same experimental setting.

  4. Energy transfer processes in Eu{sup 3+} doped nanocrystalline La{sub 2}TeO{sub 6} phosphor

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    Llanos, J., E-mail: jllanos@ucn.cl [Departamento de Química, Universidad Católica del Norte, Casilla 1280, Antofagasta (Chile); Castillo, R. [Departamento de Química, Universidad Católica del Norte, Casilla 1280, Antofagasta (Chile); Martín, I.R. [Departamento de Física Fundamental, Experimental, Electrónica y Sistemas, Universidad de La Laguna, 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Malta Consolider Team, Santander (Spain); Martín, L.L. [Departamento de Química, Universidad Católica del Norte, Casilla 1280, Antofagasta (Chile); Departamento de Física Fundamental, Experimental, Electrónica y Sistemas, Universidad de La Laguna, 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Departamento de Física Fundamental II, Universidad de La Laguna, 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Malta Consolider Team, Santander (Spain); Haro-González, P. [Departamento de Física Fundamental, Experimental, Electrónica y Sistemas, Universidad de La Laguna, 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); González-Platas, J. [Departamento de Física Fundamental II, Universidad de La Laguna, 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain)

    2014-01-15

    La{sub 2}TeO{sub 6} nanocrystals doped with Eu{sup 3+} ions have been prepared by the Pechini sol–gel process. A total of seven samples obtained with different Eu{sup 3+} concentrations (1–7%). The Eu{sup 3+} ions are usually taken as probe ions to test the local structure of the lanthanide in solids. Analyzing the luminescence has been shown two different sites for the Eu{sup 3+} ions (in good agreement with the crystallographic analysis). Moreover, the luminescence properties have been analyzed as function of the Eu{sup 3+} doping concentration in order to study the interaction between these ions. Under direct excitation into the {sup 5}D{sub 0} level (at 578 nm) the corresponding decay curves show a pure exponential character independently of the Eu{sup 3+} concentration. However, the decay curves obtained for the {sup 5}D{sub 1} level becomes non-exponential for the higher doped nanocrystals samples indicating that the energy transfer processes are important. -- Highlights: • Study of the energy transfer processes between the Eu{sup 3+} ions in Eu{sup 3+} doped nanocrystalline La{sub 2}TeO{sub 6} phosphors. • Study of the behavior of the luminescence decay curves. • Study of the occupancy of the Eu{sup 3+} ion in the crystallographic sites in the host structure.

  5. Resistance to protein adsorption and adhesion of fibroblasts on nanocrystalline diamond films: the role of topography and boron doping.

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    Alcaide, María; Papaioannou, Stavros; Taylor, Andrew; Fekete, Ladislav; Gurevich, Leonid; Zachar, Vladimir; Pennisi, Cristian Pablo

    2016-05-01

    Boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (BNCD) films exhibit outstanding electrochemical properties that make them very attractive for the fabrication of electrodes for novel neural interfaces and prosthetics. In these devices, the physicochemical properties of the electrode materials are critical to ensure an efficient long-term performance. The aim of this study was to investigate the relative contribution of topography and doping to the biological performance of BNCD films. For this purpose, undoped and boron-doped NCD films were deposited on low roughness (LR) and high roughness (HR) substrates, which were studied in vitro by means of protein adsorption and fibroblast growth assays. Our results show that BNCD films significantly reduce the adsorption of serum proteins, mostly on the LR substrates. As compared to fibroblasts cultured on LR BNCD films, cells grown on the HR BNCD films showed significantly reduced adhesion and lower growth rates. The mean length of fibronectin fibrils deposited by the cells was significantly increased in the BNCD coated substrates, mainly in the LR surfaces. Overall, the largest influence on protein adsorption, cell adhesion, proliferation, and fibronectin deposition was due to the underlying sub-micron topography, with little or no influence of boron doping. In perspective, BNCD films displaying surface roughness in the submicron range may be used as a strategy to reduce the fibroblast growth on the surface of neural electrodes.

  6. Influence of texture coefficient on surface morphology and sensing properties of W-doped nanocrystalline tin oxide thin films.

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    Kumar, Manjeet; Kumar, Akshay; Abhyankar, A C

    2015-02-18

    For the first time, a new facile approach based on simple and inexpensive chemical spray pyrolysis (CSP) technique is used to deposit Tungsten (W) doped nanocrystalline SnO2 thin films. The textural, optical, structural and sensing properties are investigated by GAXRD, UV spectroscopy, FESEM, AFM, and home-built sensing setup. The gas sensing results indicate that, as compared to pure SnO2, 1 wt % W-doping improves sensitivity along with better response (gas at operating temperatures of ∼225 °C. The optimal composition of 1 wt % W-doped films exhibit lowest crystallite size of the order of ∼8-10 nm with reduced energy band gap and large roughness values of 3.82 eV and 3.01 nm, respectively. Reduction in texture coefficient along highly dense (110) planes with concomitant increase along loosely packed (200) planes is found to have prominent effect on gas sensing properties of W-doped films.

  7. Fe(3+) /SeO42(-) dual doped nano hydroxyapatite: A novel material for biomedical applications.

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    Alshemary, Ammar Z; Engin Pazarceviren, Ahmet; Tezcaner, Aysen; Evis, Zafer

    2017-02-02

    Dual ions substituted hydroxyapatite (HA) received attention from scientists and researchers in the biomedical field owing to their excellent biological properties. This paper presents a novel biomaterial, which holds potential for bone tissue applications. Herein, we have successfully incorporated ferric (Fe(3+) )/selenate (SeO42-) ions into the HA structure (Ca10-x-y Fey (PO4 )6-x (SeO4 )x (OH)2-x-y Oy ) (Fe-SeHA) through a microwave refluxing process. The Fe-SeHA materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). XRD and FTIR analyses revealed that Fe-SeHA samples were phase pure at 900°C. FESEM images showed that formation of rod-like shaped particles was inhibited dramatically with increasing Fe(3+) amount. The Vickers hardness (HV) test showed that hardness values increased with increasing Fe(3+) concentrations. Optical spectra of Fe-SeHA materials contained broadband over (200-600) nm. In vitro degradation and bioactivity tests were conducted in simulated body fluid (SBF). The incorporation of Fe(3+) /SeO42- ions into the HA structure resulted in a remarkably higher degradation rate along with intense growth of apatite granules on the surface of the Fe-SeHA discs with Ca/P ratio of 1.35-1.47. In vitro protein adsorption assay was conducted in fetal bovine serum (FBS) and it was observed that the adsorption of serum proteins on Fe-SeHA samples significantly increased with increasing Fe(3+) concentration. In vitro cytotoxicity tests were performed with human fetal osteoblast (hFOB) cell line and the results demonstrated that hFOB cells attached and proliferated faster on the Fe-SeHA materials compared to pure HA showing that Fe-SeHA materials were cytocompatible. ALP activity and intracellular calcium of hFOB cells on 1Fe-SeHA discs were statistically higher than pure HA, suggesting that presence of Fe(3+) ion supported osteogenic differentiation of

  8. Evaluation of a novel nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite paste Ostim® in comparison to Alpha-BSM® - more bone ingrowth inside the implanted material with Ostim® compared to Alpha BSM®

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    Palazzi Xavier

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance a newly developed nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite, OSTIM® following functional implantation in femoral sites in thirty-eight sheep for 1, 2 or 3 months. Ostim® 35 was compared to an established calcium phosphate, Alpha BSM®. Methods Biomechanical testing, μ-CT analysis, histological and histomorphological analyses were conducted to compare the treatments including evaluation of bone regeneration level, material degradation, implant biomechanical characteristics. Results The micro-computed tomography (μCT analysis and macroscopic observations showed that Ostim® seemed to diffuse easily particularly when the defects were created in a cancellous bone area. Alpha BSM® remained in the defect. The performance of Ostim was good in terms of mechanical properties that were similar to Alpha BSM® and the histological analysis showed that the bone regeneration was better with Ostim® than with Alpha BSM®. The histomorphometric analysis confirmed the qualitative analysis and showed more bone ingrowth inside the implanted material with Ostim® when compared to Alpha BSM ® at all time points. Conclusions The successful bone healing with osseous consolidation verifies the importance of the nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite in the treatment of metaphyseal osseous volume defects in the metaphyseal spongiosa.

  9. Development of Antibiotics Impregnated Nanosized Silver Phosphate-Doped Hydroxyapatite Bone Graft

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    Waraporn Suvannapruk

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanosized Ag3PO4 loaded hydroxyapatite which was prepared by a novel low temperature phosphorization of 3D printed calcium sulfate dihydrate at the nominal silver concentration of 0.001 M and 0.005 M was impregnated by two antibiotics including gentamicin and vancomycin. Phase composition, microstructure, antibiotics loading, silver content, antimicrobial performance, and cytotoxic potential of the prepared samples were characterized. It was found that the fabricated sample consisted of hydroxyapatite as a main phase and spherical-shaped silver phosphate nanoparticles distributing within the cluster of hydroxyapatite crystals. Antibacterial activity of the samples against two bacterial strains (gram negative P. aeruginosa and gram positive S. aureus was carried out. It was found that the combination of antibiotics and nanosized Ag3PO4 in hydroxyapatite could enhance the antibacterial performance of the samples by increasing the duration in which the materials exhibited antibacterial property and the size of the inhibition zone depending on the type of antibiotics and bacterial strains compared to those contained antibiotics or nanosilver phosphate alone. Cytotoxic potential against osteoblasts of antibiotics impregnated nanosilver phosphate hydroxyapatite was found to depend on the combination of antibiotics content, type of antibiotics, and nanosilver phosphate content.

  10. Characterization and antibacterial activity of nanocrystalline Mn doped Fe2O3 thin films grown by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method

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    M.R. Belkhedkar

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR method have been successfully employed to grow nanocrystalline Mn doped α-Fe2O3 thin films onto glass substrates. The structural analysis revealed that, the films are nanocrystalline in nature with rhombohedral structure. The optical studies showed that α-Fe2O3 thin film exhibits 3.02 eV band gap energy and it decreases to 2.95 eV as the Mn doping percentage in it was increased from 0 to 8 wt.%. The SILAR grown α-Fe2O3 film exhibits antibacterial character against Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and it increases remarkably with Mn doping.

  11. Linking stress-driven microstructural evolution in nanocrystalline aluminium with grain boundary doping of oxygen.

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    He, Mo-Rigen; Samudrala, Saritha K; Kim, Gyuseok; Felfer, Peter J; Breen, Andrew J; Cairney, Julie M; Gianola, Daniel S

    2016-04-13

    The large fraction of material residing at grain boundaries in nanocrystalline metals and alloys is responsible for their ultrahigh strength, but also undesirable microstructural instability under thermal and mechanical loads. However, the underlying mechanism of stress-driven microstructural evolution is still poorly understood and precludes rational alloy design. Here we combine quantitative in situ electron microscopy with three-dimensional atom-probe tomography to directly link the mechanics and kinetics of grain boundary migration in nanocrystalline Al films with the excess of O atoms at the boundaries. Site-specific nanoindentation leads to grain growth that is retarded by impurities, and enables quantification of the critical stress for the onset of grain boundary migration. Our results show that a critical excess of impurities is required to stabilize interfaces in nanocrystalline materials against mechanical driving forces, providing new insights to guide control of deformation mechanisms and tailoring of mechanical properties apart from grain size alone.

  12. New Bismuth-Substituted Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles for Bone Tissue Engineering

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    Ciobanu, Gabriela; Bargan, Ana Maria; Luca, Constantin

    2015-11-01

    New bismuth-substituted hydroxyapatite [Ca10- x Bi x (PO4)6(OH)2 where x = 0-2.5] nanoparticles were synthesized by the co-precipitation method from aqueous solutions. The structural properties of the samples were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy coupled with x-ray analysis, x-ray powder diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area analysis. The results confirm that bismuth ions have been incorporated into the hydroxyapatite lattice. The prepared nanocrystalline powders consisted of hydroxyapatite as single phase with hexagonal structure, crystal sizes smaller than 60 nm and (Bi + Ca)/P atomic ratio of around 1.67. The hydroxyapatite samples doped with Bi have mesoporous textures with pores size of around 2 nm and specific surface area in the range of 12-25 m2/g. The Bi-substituted hydroxyapatite powders are more effective against Gram-negative Escherichia coli bacteria than Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.

  13. Effect of doping on the surface modification of nebulizer sprayed Ba x Zn1-x O nanocrystalline thin films

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    Gopala Krishnan, V.; Elango, P.; Ragavendar, M.; Sathish, P.; Gowrisankar, G.

    2017-03-01

    The influence of Ba doped zinc oxide films were investigated by nebulizer spray pyrolysis technique at 673 K. X-ray diffraction reveals the polycrystalline hexagonal (wurtzite) crystal structure with (0 0 2) preferential orientation. Energy dispersive spectroscopy confirms the presence of Ba, Zn and O elements in the films. Field emission scanning electron microscopy shows that the surface morphology of the nanocrystalline films were changed from spherical shape structure to flake net-like shape and sprout like spherical structure with average grain size is ~100 nm due to the critical doping concentration. PL spectra prominent peaks corresponding to near band edge UV emission and intrinsic defect of the visible blue light region and defect related deep level green emission regions were discussed. The films are highly transparent in the visible region with a transmittance higher than 74%, and have an optical band gap energy values are increased from 3.22 eV to 4.02 eV depending on the Ba doping concentration. Interparticle like grains, grain boundary effect of deposited films is studied by complex impedance spectroscopy.

  14. Second harmonic generation and two-photon luminescence upconversion in glasses doped with ZnSe nanocrystalline quantum dots

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    Thantu, Napoleon [Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, 2525 Fremont Avenue, Idaho Falls, ID 83415 (United States)]. E-mail: Napoleon.Thantu@ngc.com

    2005-01-01

    We report two-photon excited emission in borosilicate glasses doped with ZnSe nanocrystalline quantum dots. The emission, predominantly near the two-photon energy and detected in the direction of the excitation beam, is in the visible, and the fundamental excitation is the near-infrared output of a tunable femtosecond laser. Depending on the two-photon energy, time- and frequency-resolved measurements at room temperature reveal that the emission largely consists of second harmonic generation (SHG) and two-photon luminescence upconversion, and a much smaller luminescence from redshifted, low-lying trap states and other trap levels residing near the semiconductor band edge. We discuss the SHG origin in terms of bulk-like and surface contributions from the nanocrystals and the two-photon resonant enhancement near the excitonic absorption.

  15. A 4F2-cross-point phase change memory using nano-crystalline doped GeSbTe material

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    Takaura, Norikatsu; Kinoshita, Masaharu; Tai, Mitsuharu; Ohyanagi, Takasumi; Akita, Kenichi; Morikawa, Takahiro

    2015-04-01

    This paper reports on the use of nano-crystalline doped GeSbTe, or nano-GST, to fabricate a cross-point phase change memory with 4F2 cell size and test results obtained for it. We show the characteristics of a poly-Si diode select device with a high on-off ratio and data writing in a 4F2 memory cell array. The advantages of nano-GST over conventional GeSbTe are presented in terms of neighboring disturbance and 4F2 cross-point array formation. The memory cells’ high drivability, low power, and selective write and read performances are demonstrated. The scalability of the diode current density is also presented.

  16. Study of the photocatalytic effect of the Ti-doped hydroxyapatite in the degradation of methylene blue solution

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    Anas Salhi

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Organic dyes and colouring textile agents are persistent pollutant materials that are difficult to decompose by microbiological treatment processes. Their oxidation through photocatalysis is an alternative way to prevent contamination of the environment. In this work, calcium deficient hydroxyapatite (HAP was synthesized and doped with different amounts of titanium. The performance capability of prepared catalyst to degrade methylene blue dye (MB in aqueous heterogeneous solutions has been demonstrated. The main parameters which govern the photocatalytic treatment efficiency, such as titanium amount in HAP, initial concentration of MB, amount of the catalyst added to solution, UV-irradiation period and bubbling oxygen have been investigated. Photodegradation of  MB is found to be effective with HAP/Ti 11% in oxygenated medium. However, pH has no significant effect on the yield of discoloration. 

  17. Enhancement of multiferroic properties of nanocrystalline BiFeO{sub 3} powder by Gd-doping

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    Mukherjee, A. [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur 713209 (India); Basu, S., E-mail: soumen.basu@phy.nitdgp.ac.in [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur 713209 (India); Manna, P.K.; Yusuf, S.M. [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Pal, M. [CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur 713209 (India)

    2014-06-15

    Highlights: • Large increase in magnetic moment. • Tremendous enhancement in resistivity. • Appreciable increase in dielectric constant. • P–E hysteresis loop at room temperature with enhanced polarizibility. • Appreciable increase in magneto-dielectric constant. - Abstract: Large leakage current and a very low magnetic moment are the two most disadvantages of BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO), which hinder the possibilities of its application in modern devices. An enhancement of the multiferroic properties of BFO is a real challenge to the scientific community. We are able to achieve improve magnetic, electric and magneto-dielectric (MD) properties of sol–gel prepared nanocrystalline BFO by virtue of the beneficial effect of gadolinium doping. The phase-purity and nanocrystalline nature of the samples have been confirmed by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements. Both dc and ac electrical properties were measured to understand the detail charge transport mechanism. The dc electrical resistivity was found to arise due to a variable range hopping conduction mechanism. The variation of ac-conductivity, as a function of frequency in the range (20 Hz–1 MHz) and temperature (298–523 K), was explained on the basis of the correlated barrier hoping (CBH) conduction mechanism. The origin of the improved magnetic and electrical properties have been attributed to a possible suppression of the inhomogeneous magnetic spin structure and/or broken periodicity of the spin cycloid of BFO due to smaller crystallite size, and a decrease of the oxygen vacancies. Our findings demonstrate the fundamental importance of doping in enhancing the multiferroic properties, which would open up the possibility of using BFO in designing spintronic devices.

  18. Modification of Charge Trapping at Particle/Particle Interfaces by Electrochemical Hydrogen Doping of Nanocrystalline TiO2.

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    Jiménez, Juan M; Bourret, Gilles R; Berger, Thomas; McKenna, Keith P

    2016-12-14

    Particle/particle interfaces play a crucial role in the functionality and performance of nanocrystalline materials such as mesoporous metal oxide electrodes. Defects at these interfaces are known to impede charge separation via slow-down of transport and increase of charge recombination, but can be passivated via electrochemical doping (i.e., incorporation of electron/proton pairs), leading to transient but large enhancement of photoelectrode performance. Although this process is technologically very relevant, it is still poorly understood. Here we report on the electrochemical characterization and the theoretical modeling of electron traps in nanocrystalline rutile TiO2 films. Significant changes in the electrochemical response of porous films consisting of a random network of TiO2 particles are observed upon the electrochemical accumulation of electron/proton pairs. The reversible shift of a capacitive peak in the voltammetric profile of the electrode is assigned to an energetic modification of trap states at particle/particle interfaces. This hypothesis is supported by first-principles theoretical calculations on a TiO2 grain boundary, providing a simple model for particle/particle interfaces. In particular, it is shown how protons readily segregate to the grain boundary (being up to 0.6 eV more stable than in the TiO2 bulk), modifying its structure and electron-trapping properties. The presence of hydrogen at the grain boundary increases the average depth of traps while at the same time reducing their number compared to the undoped situation. This provides an explanation for the transient enhancement of the photoelectrocatalytic activity toward methanol photooxidation which is observed following electrochemical hydrogen doping of rutile TiO2 nanoparticle electrodes.

  19. Enhanced growth and osteogenic differentiation of human osteoblast-like cells on boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond thin films.

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    Full Text Available Intrinsic nanocrystalline diamond (NCD films have been proven to be promising substrates for the adhesion, growth and osteogenic differentiation of bone-derived cells. To understand the role of various degrees of doping (semiconducting to metallic-like, the NCD films were deposited on silicon substrates by a microwave plasma-enhanced CVD process and their boron doping was achieved by adding trimethylboron to the CH(4:H(2 gas mixture, the B∶C ratio was 133, 1000 and 6700 ppm. The room temperature electrical resistivity of the films decreased from >10 MΩ (undoped films to 55 kΩ, 0.6 kΩ, and 0.3 kΩ (doped films with 133, 1000 and 6700 ppm of B, respectively. The increase in the number of human osteoblast-like MG 63 cells in 7-day-old cultures on NCD films was most apparent on the NCD films doped with 133 and 1000 ppm of B (153,000 ± 14,000 and 152,000 ± 10,000 cells/cm(2, respectively, compared to 113,000 ± 10,000 cells/cm(2 on undoped NCD films. As measured by ELISA per mg of total protein, the cells on NCD with 133 and 1000 ppm of B also contained the highest concentrations of collagen I and alkaline phosphatase, respectively. On the NCD films with 6700 ppm of B, the cells contained the highest concentration of focal adhesion protein vinculin, and the highest amount of collagen I was adsorbed. The concentration of osteocalcin also increased with increasing level of B doping. The cell viability on all tested NCD films was almost 100%. Measurements of the concentration of ICAM-1, i.e. an immunoglobuline adhesion molecule binding inflammatory cells, suggested that the cells on the NCD films did not undergo significant immune activation. Thus, the potential of NCD films for bone tissue regeneration can be further enhanced and tailored by B doping and that B doping up to metallic-like levels is not detrimental for cells.

  20. Luminescence properties of europium ions-doped yttrium silicate (Y2SiO5:Eu3+) nanocrystalline phosphors: effect of Eu3+ ion concentration and thermal annealing.

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    Ko, Yeong Hwan; Lee, Soo Hyun; Yu, Jae Su

    2013-05-01

    The trivalent europium ions-doped yttrium silicate (Y2SiO5:Eu3+) nanocrystalline phosphors were synthesized via a sol-gel method, followed by post thermal annealing. The effects of thermal annealing temperature and doping concentration on the structural and luminescent properties of Y2SiO5:Eu3+ nanocrystalline phosphors were systematically investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and photoluminescence measurements. The nanocrystalline phosphors with a high crystallinity were obtained at an annealing temperature of 1300 degrees C. The luminescent spectra were affected strongly by the Eu3+ ion concentration and annealing temperature. The Eu3+ ion concentration was optimized at 5 mol%, exhibiting excellent red emission (-612 nm) corresponding to the 5D0 --> 7F2 transition of Eu3+ ions at the excitation wavelengths of 262 and 396 nm. For the optimized Y2SiO5:Eu3+ nanocrystalline phosphors, the lifetimes were also estimated from the decay curves under the ultraviolet excitations.

  1. Synthesis of Silver-Doped Hydroxyapatite Scaffolds for Controlled Drug Delivery

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    2011-01-01

    Drug delivery is one of the important considerations in drug development and therapeutics. Controlled drug delivery systems (DDS) based on porous CaP ceramics have advantage of providing constant and continuous drug levels with limited side effects. Synthetic hydroxyapatite (HAp) is one of the most perspective materials because of its biocompatibility, osteoconductivity and bioactivity. To provide implant material with antibacterial properties HAp can be modified with various metal ions su...

  2. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy of silver doped hydroxyapatite coating in simulated body fluid used as corrosive agent

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Titanium is a key biomedical material due its good biocompatibility, mechanical properties and corrosion stability, but infections of the implantation site still pose serious threat. One approach to prevent infection is to improve antimicrobial ability of the coating material. Silver doped hydroxyapatite (Ag/HAP nanoparticles were synthesized by new modified precipitation method. The synthesized powder was used for preparation of Ag/HAP coating on titanium by electrophoretic deposition. The coating was characterized in terms of phase composition and structure by Attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR and X-ray diffraction (XRD; surface morphology and chemical composition was assessed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS. Research focused on evaluation of the corrosion behaviour of Ag/HAP coating in simulated body fluid (SBF at 37 ºC during prolonged immersion time by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS. Silver doped HAP coating provided good corrosion protection in SBF solution. [Acknowledgements. This research was financed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, contracts No. III 45019 and by National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC. Dr Ana Jankovic was financed by the FP7 Nanotech FTM Grant Agreement 245916

  3. Growth of boron doped hydrogenated nanocrystalline cubic silicon carbide (3C-SiC) films by Hot Wire-CVD

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    Pawbake, Amit [School of Energy Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411 007 (India); Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Colaba, Mumbai 400 005 (India); Mayabadi, Azam; Waykar, Ravindra; Kulkarni, Rupali; Jadhavar, Ashok [School of Energy Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411 007 (India); Waman, Vaishali [Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Shivajinagar, Pune 411 005 (India); Parmar, Jayesh [Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Colaba, Mumbai 400 005 (India); Bhattacharyya, Somnath [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Madras, Chennai 600 036 (India); Ma, Yuan‐Ron [Department of Physics, National Dong Hwa University, Hualien 97401, Taiwan (China); Devan, Rupesh; Pathan, Habib [Department of Physics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411007 (India); Jadkar, Sandesh, E-mail: sandesh@physics.unipune.ac.in [Department of Physics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411007 (India)

    2016-04-15

    Highlights: • Boron doped nc-3C-SiC films prepared by HW-CVD using SiH{sub 4}/CH{sub 4}/B{sub 2}H{sub 6}. • 3C-Si-C films have preferred orientation in (1 1 1) direction. • Introduction of boron into SiC matrix retard the crystallanity in the film structure. • Film large number of SiC nanocrystallites embedded in the a-Si matrix. • Band gap values, E{sub Tauc} and E{sub 04} (E{sub 04} > E{sub Tauc}) decreases with increase in B{sub 2}H{sub 6} flow rate. - Abstract: Boron doped nanocrystalline cubic silicon carbide (3C-SiC) films have been prepared by HW-CVD using silane (SiH{sub 4})/methane (CH{sub 4})/diborane (B{sub 2}H{sub 6}) gas mixture. The influence of boron doping on structural, optical, morphological and electrical properties have been investigated. The formation of 3C-SiC films have been confirmed by low angle XRD, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) spectroscopy and high resolution-transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) analysis whereas effective boron doping in nc-3C-SiC have been confirmed by conductivity, charge carrier activation energy, and Hall measurements. Raman spectroscopy and HR-TEM analysis revealed that introduction of boron into the SiC matrix retards the crystallanity in the film structure. The field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and non contact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM) results signify that 3C-SiC film contain well resolved, large number of silicon carbide (SiC) nanocrystallites embedded in the a-Si matrix having rms surface roughness ∼1.64 nm. Hydrogen content in doped films are found smaller than that of un-doped films. Optical band gap values, E{sub Tauc} and E{sub 04} decreases with increase in B{sub 2}H{sub 6} flow rate.

  4. Boron Doped Nanocrystalline Film with Improved Work Function as a Buffer Layer in Thin Film Silicon Solar Cells.

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    Park, Jinjoo; Shin, Chonghoon; Park, Hyeongsik; Jung, Junhee; Lee, Youn-Jung; Bong, Sungjae; Dao, Vinh Ai; Balaji, Nagarajan; Yi, Junsin

    2015-03-01

    We investigated thin film silicon solar cells with boron doped hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon/ hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide [p-type nc-Si:H/a-SiOx:H] layer. First, we researched the bandgap engineering of diborane (B2H6) doped wide bandgap hydrogenated nanocryslline silicon (p-type nc-Si:H) films, which have excellent electrical properties of high dark conductivity, and low activation energy. The films prepared with lower doping ratio and higher hydrogen dilution ratio had higher optical gap (Eg), with higher dark conductivity (σ(d)), and lower activation energy (Ea). We controlled Eg from 2.10 eV to 1.75 eV, with σ(d) from 1.1 S/cm to 7.59 x 10(-3) S/cm, and Ea from 0.040 eV to 0.128 eV. Next, we focused on the fabrication of thin film silicon solar cells. By inserting p-type nc-Si:H film into the thin film silicon solar cells, we achieved a remarkable increase in the built-in potential from 0.803 eV to 0.901 eV. By forming p-type nc-Si:H film between SnO2:F/ZnO:Al (30 nm) and p-type a-SiOx:H layer, the solar cell properties of open circuit voltage (Voc), short circuit current density (Jsc), and efficiency (η) were improved by 3.7%, 9.2%, and 9.8%, respectively.

  5. Evaluation of zinc-doped mesoporous hydroxyapatite microspheres for the construction of a novel biomimetic scaffold optimized for bone augmentation

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    Yu, Weilin; Sun, Tuan-Wei; Qi, Chao; Ding, Zhenyu; Zhao, Huakun; Zhao, Shichang; Shi, Zhongmin; Zhu, Ying-Jie; Chen, Daoyun; He, Yaohua

    2017-01-01

    Biomaterials with high osteogenic activity are desirable for sufficient healing of bone defects resulting from trauma, tumor, infection, and congenital abnormalities. Synthetic materials mimicking the structure and composition of human trabecular bone are of considerable potential in bone augmentation. In the present study, a zinc (Zn)-doped mesoporous hydroxyapatite microspheres (Zn-MHMs)/collagen scaffold (Zn-MHMs/Coll) was developed through a lyophilization fabrication process and designed to mimic the trabecular bone. The Zn-MHMs were synthesized through a microwave-hydrothermal method by using creatine phosphate as an organic phosphorus source. Zn-MHMs that consist of hydroxyapatite nanosheets showed relatively uniform spherical morphology, mesoporous hollow structure, high specific surface area, and homogeneous Zn distribution. They were additionally investigated as a drug nanocarrier, which was efficient in drug delivery and presented a pH-responsive drug release behavior. Furthermore, they were incorporated into the collagen matrix to construct a biomimetic scaffold optimized for bone tissue regeneration. The Zn-MHMs/Coll scaffolds showed an interconnected pore structure in the range of 100–300 μm and a sustained release of Zn ions. More importantly, the Zn-MHMs/Coll scaffolds could enhance the osteogenic differentiation of rat bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Finally, the bone defect repair results of critical-sized femoral condyle defect rat model demonstrated that the Zn-MHMs/Coll scaffolds could enhance bone regeneration compared with the Coll or MHMs/Coll scaffolds. The results suggest that the biomimetic Zn-MHMs/Coll scaffolds may be of enormous potential in bone repair and regeneration.

  6. Evaluation of zinc-doped mesoporous hydroxyapatite microspheres for the construction of a novel biomimetic scaffold optimized for bone augmentation.

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    Yu, Weilin; Sun, Tuan-Wei; Qi, Chao; Ding, Zhenyu; Zhao, Huakun; Zhao, Shichang; Shi, Zhongmin; Zhu, Ying-Jie; Chen, Daoyun; He, Yaohua

    2017-01-01

    Biomaterials with high osteogenic activity are desirable for sufficient healing of bone defects resulting from trauma, tumor, infection, and congenital abnormalities. Synthetic materials mimicking the structure and composition of human trabecular bone are of considerable potential in bone augmentation. In the present study, a zinc (Zn)-doped mesoporous hydroxyapatite microspheres (Zn-MHMs)/collagen scaffold (Zn-MHMs/Coll) was developed through a lyophilization fabrication process and designed to mimic the trabecular bone. The Zn-MHMs were synthesized through a microwave-hydrothermal method by using creatine phosphate as an organic phosphorus source. Zn-MHMs that consist of hydroxyapatite nanosheets showed relatively uniform spherical morphology, mesoporous hollow structure, high specific surface area, and homogeneous Zn distribution. They were additionally investigated as a drug nanocarrier, which was efficient in drug delivery and presented a pH-responsive drug release behavior. Furthermore, they were incorporated into the collagen matrix to construct a biomimetic scaffold optimized for bone tissue regeneration. The Zn-MHMs/Coll scaffolds showed an interconnected pore structure in the range of 100-300 μm and a sustained release of Zn ions. More importantly, the Zn-MHMs/Coll scaffolds could enhance the osteogenic differentiation of rat bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Finally, the bone defect repair results of critical-sized femoral condyle defect rat model demonstrated that the Zn-MHMs/Coll scaffolds could enhance bone regeneration compared with the Coll or MHMs/Coll scaffolds. The results suggest that the biomimetic Zn-MHMs/Coll scaffolds may be of enormous potential in bone repair and regeneration.

  7. Effect of nitrogen on deposition and field emission properties of boron-doped micro-and nano-crystalline diamond films

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    L.A. Li; S.H. Cheng; H.D. Li; Q. Yu; J.W. Liu; X.Y. Lv

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we report the effect of nitrogen on the deposition and properties of boron doped diamond films synthesized by hot filament chemical vapor deposition. The diamond films consisting of micro-grains (nano-grains) were realized with low (high) boron source flow rate during the growth processes. The transition of micro-grains to nano-grains is speculated to be strongly (weekly) related with the boron (nitrogen) flow rate. The grain size and Raman spectral feature vary insignificantly as a function of the nitrogen introduction at a certain boron flow rate. The variation of electron field emission characteristics dependent on nitrogen is different between microcrystalline and nanocrystalline boron doped diamond samples, which are related to the combined phase composition, boron doping level and texture structure. There is an optimum nitrogen proportion to improve the field emission properties of the boron-doped films.

  8. Evaluation of zinc-doped mesoporous hydroxyapatite microspheres for the construction of a novel biomimetic scaffold optimized for bone augmentation

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    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Weilin Yu,1,* Tuan-Wei Sun,2,3,* Chao Qi,2,3 Zhenyu Ding,1 Huakun Zhao,1 Shichang Zhao,1 Zhongmin Shi,1 Ying-Jie Zhu,2,3 Daoyun Chen,1 Yaohua He1,4 1Department of Orthopedics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People’s Hospital, 2State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, 3University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 4School of Biomedical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People’s Hospital, Shanghai, China *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: Biomaterials with high osteogenic activity are desirable for sufficient healing of bone defects resulting from trauma, tumor, infection, and congenital abnormalities. Synthetic materials mimicking the structure and composition of human trabecular bone are of considerable potential in bone augmentation. In the present study, a zinc (Zn-doped mesoporous hydroxyapatite microspheres (Zn-MHMs/collagen scaffold (Zn-MHMs/Coll was developed through a lyophilization fabrication process and designed to mimic the trabecular bone. The Zn-MHMs were synthesized through a microwave-hydrothermal method by using creatine phosphate as an organic phosphorus source. Zn-MHMs that consist of hydroxyapatite nanosheets showed relatively uniform spherical morphology, mesoporous hollow structure, high specific surface area, and homogeneous Zn distribution. They were additionally investigated as a drug nanocarrier, which was efficient in drug delivery and presented a pH-responsive drug release behavior. Furthermore, they were incorporated into the collagen matrix to construct a biomimetic scaffold optimized for bone tissue regeneration. The Zn-MHMs/Coll scaffolds showed an interconnected pore structure in the range of 100–300 µm and a sustained release of Zn ions. More importantly, the Zn-MHMs/Coll scaffolds could enhance the osteogenic differentiation

  9. Bone formation and degradation behavior of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite with or without collagen-type 1 in osteoporotic bone defects - an experimental study in osteoporotic goats.

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    Alt, Volker; Cheung, Wing Hoi; Chow, Simon K H; Thormann, Ulrich; Cheung, Edmond N M; Lips, Katrin S; Schnettler, Reinhard; Leung, Kwok-Sui

    2016-06-01

    The intention of the current work is to assess new bone formation and degradation behavior of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite with (HA/col-1) or without collagen-type I (HA) in osteoporotic metaphyseal bone defects in goats. After ovariectomy and special low-calcium diet for three months, 3 drill hole defects in the vertebrae of L3, L4, L5, 4 drill hole defects in the right and left iliac crest and 1 drill hole defect at the distal femur were created in three Chinese mountain goats with a total of 24 defects. The defects were either filled with one of the biomaterials or left empty (empty defect control group). After 42 days, the animals were euthanized and the samples were assessed for new bone formation using high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT) and histomorphometry with 2 regions of interest. Detail histology, enzymehistochemistry and immunohistochemistry as well as connexin-43 in situ hybridization and transmission electron microscopy were carried out for evaluation of degradation behavior of the materials and cellular responses of the surrounding tissue in respect to the implants. HR-pQCT showed the highest BV/TV ratio (p = 0.008) and smallest trabecular spacing (p = 0.005) for HA compared to the other groups in the region of interest at the interface with 1mm distance to the initially created defect. The HA/col-1 yielded the highest connectivity density (Conn.D) (p = 0.034) and the highest number of trabeculae (Tb.N) (p = 0.002) compared to the HA and the control group. Histomorphometric analysis for the core region of the initially created defect revealed a statistically higher new bone formation in the HA (p = 0.001) and HA/col-1 group (p = 0.001) compared to the empty defect group including all defect sites. This result was confirmed for site specific analysis with significant higher new bone formation for the HA group for vertebral defects compared to the empty defect group (p = 0.029). For the interface region, no

  10. Nanocrystalline gold in Au-doped thin C{sub 60} films

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    Devenyi, A.; Manaila, R.; Belu-Marian, A.; Macovei, D.; Manciu, M.; Popescu, E.M.; Tanase, M.; Fratiloiu, D.; Mihai, N.D. [Nat. Inst. for Phys. of Mater., Bucharest (Romania); Barna, P.B.; Labar, J.; Safran, G.; Kovacs, A. [Research Institute for Technical Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 76, H-1325, Budapest (Hungary); Braun, T. [Institute of Inorganic and Analytic Chemistry, L. Eoetvoes University, P.O. Box 123, 1443, Budapest (Hungary)

    1998-12-14

    Thin Au-C{sub 60} films with global composition Au{sub x}C{sub 100-x} (x between 0.35 and 4.50 at.%) were prepared by vacuum co-deposition and investigated by X-ray diffraction, EDS, XTEM and electrical transport. Evidence indicated the formation of distorted nanocrystalline Au, presumably stabilized by interface electron transfer into C{sub 60} LUMO. Electrical results are interpreted in the frame of the dominant current model, with a continuous density of localized states induced by Au in the C{sub 60} gap. There is also evidence for variable range hopping at low temperatures. (orig.) 20 refs.

  11. Morphology and Luminescence of Nanocrystalline Nb2O5 Doped with Eu3+

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    Daniele Falcomer

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of nanocrystalline Nb2O5:Eu3+ has been achieved by using a Pechini procedure. The obtained materials are single-phase niobia with the orthorhombic structure, average crystallite size around 25 nm and average lattice strain of about 0.002. TEM images show that the particles are rectangular and reasonably isolated. The luminescence of the Eu3+ ions in the niobia lattice is efficient and affected by a strong inhomogeneous broadening, due to an important disorder around the lanthanide ions.

  12. Visible active nanocrystalline N-doped anatase TiO{sub 2} particles for photocatalytic mineralization studies

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    Barkul, R.P. [Department of Chemistry, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, Sub–campus Osmanabad, 413 501, MS (India); Koli, V.B.; Shewale, V.B. [Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, 416 004, MS (India); Patil, M.K. [Department of Chemistry, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, Sub–campus Osmanabad, 413 501, MS (India); Delekar, S.D., E-mail: sddelekar7@rediffmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, Sub–campus Osmanabad, 413 501, MS (India); Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, 416 004, MS (India); Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 30306-4390, FL (United States)

    2016-04-15

    Nitrogen-doped TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles (N–TiO{sub 2} NPs) with anatase phase were synthesized by sol–gel method using a single precursor containing titanium (IV) terbutoxide, glacial acetic acid, sodium dodecyl sulphate, ammonia, and urea. X-ray diffraction (XRD) reveals the nanocrystalline nature with anatase phase of all the samples. The particle size of all samples was found in the range of 5–12 nm using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). UV–visible absorption measurements examined that the optical band gap of the doped samples decrease with increase in dopant concentration from 0.0 to 7.0 mol%. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) with energy dispersive atomic X-ray (EDAX) spectroscopy was employed to analyse the morphology and chemical composition of these N–TiO{sub 2} NPs. The photocatalytic activity of bare/doped TiO{sub 2} samples was demonstrated for the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) dye under direct sunlight irradiation. The photocatalytic degradation was monitored by measuring the kinetic parameters based on UV–visible spectroscopy as well as the chemical oxygen demand (COD) during the course of the reaction. The effect of dye concentration and pH of the solution on the photocatalytic degradation reaction in the presence of colloidal bare/doped TiO{sub 2} were also studied. The N–TiO{sub 2} catalyst, with a nitrogen concentration of 7.0 mol%, showed the highest activity for photocatalytic mineralization of dye at acidic or alkaline medium than neutral condition under solar light irradiation directly. - Highlights: • Nitrogen doped TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles where synthesized by using simple sol–gel method at room temperature. • N–TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles shows red shift. • Hydroxylation on the surface of TiO{sub 2} increase with increasing nitrogen concentration. • In presence of sunlight N–TiO{sub 2} shows enhancement in degradation of RhB dye.

  13. Nanocrystalline Mg-doped Zinc Oxide Scintillator for UV detectors Project

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  14. Study of cobalt doping on structural and luminescence properties of nanocrystalline ZnO

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    Husain, Shahid, E-mail: s.husain@lycos.com [Department of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India); Alkhtaby, Lila A.; Bhat, Irshad [Department of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India); Giorgetti, Emilia; Zoppi, Angela [Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi ISC – CNR Sezione di Firenze, Sesto Fiorentino 50019 Firenze (Italy); Muniz Miranda, Maurizio [Department of Chemistry, University of Firenze, Sesto Fiorentino 50019 Firenze (Italy)

    2014-10-15

    We have synthesized the Zn{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O (x=0.01, 0.02, 0.03 and 0.05) nanoparticles by the sol–gel method. The adopted sol gel method needs no reaction agent to control the formation of precipitation except ammonia that is used to control the pH. These samples are characterized using x-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Ultraviolet/Visible(UV/Vis) spectroscopy, Fluorescence spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transform infra red (FTIR) spectroscopy. The x-ray diffraction patterns show that all the sample are formed in single phase with a complete solubility of Co ions in the ZnO matrix. SEM micrographs show that the Co doped ZnO nanoparticles are hexagonal with wurtzite structure. We have found slight agglomeration of naoparticles for higher concentration of cobalt. Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) confirms the presence of Zn, Co and O elements. The particle sizes range between 50 and 60 nm. We have observed a decrease in fluorescence intensity with the increase in Co doping but all the Co doped samples show higher value of intensity as compared to pure ZnO in the visible range of spectrum. Raman spectroscopy reveals that the characteristic intense band of ZnO at 435 cm{sup −1} exhibits a decrease in intensity and slightly red shifts with the Co doping. The overall intensity of the samples shows a decrease with the increase in Co doping. FTIR spectra exhibit that the Zn-O band at ∼497 cm{sup −1} for pure ZnO is shifted to lower frequency with the increase in Co doping. - Highlights: • Cobalt doped ZnO nanoparticles are synthesized through sol gel process. • All the samples show wurtzite crystal symmetry with particle sizes are found to be in the range of from 50 to 60 nm. • The energy band-gap estimated using UV/Vis spectra is found to increase with the Co doping. • Raman spectra reveals that characteristic intense band of ZnO at 436 cm{sup −1} exhibit a red shift with the cobalt doping.

  15. Synthesis, surface morphology, and photoluminescence properties of anatase iron-doped titanium dioxide nano-crystalline films.

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    Zhang, Jinzhong; Chen, Xiangui; Shen, Yude; Li, Yawei; Hu, Zhigao; Chu, Junhao

    2011-07-28

    Iron (Fe)-doped (0 to 4%) TiO(2) nano-crystalline (nc) films with the grain size of about 25 nm have been deposited on n-type Si (100) substrates by a facile nonhydrolytic sol-gel processing. X-ray diffraction measurements prove that the films are polycrystalline and present the pure anatase phase. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy spectra indicate that the chemical valent state of Fe element is +3 and the Fe(3+) ions replace the Ti(4+) sites. The Fe dopant effects on the surface morphology, microstructure, and dielectric functions of the nc-Fe/TiO(2) films have been studied by atomic force microscope, ultraviolet Raman scattering and spectroscopic ellipsometry. With increasing Fe composition, the intensity of Raman-active mode B(1g) increases, while that of the A(1g) phonon mode decreases. The dielectric functions have been uniquely extracted by fitting ellipsometric spectra with the Adachi's dielectric function model and a four-phase layered model. It is found that the real part of dielectric functions in the transparent region and the optical band gap slightly decrease with the Fe composition due to the introduction of acceptor level Fe t(2g). Finally, the composition and temperature dependence of the surface and lattice defects in the Fe/TiO(2) films have been investigated by photoluminescence spectra in detail. At room temperature, the emission intensities decrease with increasing Fe compositions since the Fe incorporation could prolong the radiative lifetime and/or shorten the non-radiative lifetime. By analyzing the low temperature photoluminescence spectra, the intensities and positions of five emission peaks and shoulder structure can be unambiguously assigned. The phenomena could be reasonably explained by the physical mechanisms such as oxygen vacancies, localized excitons, self-trapped excitons, and indirect transitions, which are strongly related to the electronic band structure perturbed by the Fe doping.

  16. Effect of Fe doping on the microstructure and electrical properties of transparent ZnO nanocrystalline films

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    Lin, C.C. [Department of Electrical Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan, ROC (China); Young, S.L., E-mail: slyoung@mail.hust.edu.tw [Department of Electronic Engineering, Hsiuping University of Science and Technology, Taichung 41280, Taiwan, ROC (China); Kung, C.Y., E-mail: cykung@dragon.nchu.edu.tw [Department of Electrical Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan, ROC (China); Jhang, M.C. [Department of Electrical Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan, ROC (China); Lin, C.H. [Department and Graduate School of Electrical Engineering, Hsiuping University of Science and Technology, Taichung 41280, Taiwan, ROC (China); Kao, M.C.; Chen, H.Z. [Department of Electronic Engineering, Hsiuping University of Science and Technology, Taichung 41280, Taiwan, ROC (China); Ou, C.R.; Cheng, C.C.; Lin, H.H. [Department and Graduate School of Electrical Engineering, Hsiuping University of Science and Technology, Taichung 41280, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2013-02-01

    The transparent ZnO and Zn{sub 0.96}Fe{sub 0.04}O nanocrystalline films were deposited on the glass substrates by sol–gel method followed by repaid thermal annealing treatment. The grain size of the ZnO films was decreased by the doping of Fe. X-ray diffraction measurements of the films showed the same wurtzite hexagonal structure and preferential orientation along the c-axis. Temperature dependence resistivity showed a semiconductor transport behavior for both compositions. At high temperature region, the transport mechanism can be fitted with semiconductor behavior by Arrhenius equation, σ(T) = σ{sub 0}exp[−(E{sub a}/kT){sup m}] with m = 1. The activation energy E{sub a} is increased from 0.47 meV for pure ZnO film to 0.69 meV for Zn{sub 0.96}Fe{sub 0.04}O film obtained from equation. At low temperature region, the resistivity can be fitted well with the behavior of Mott variable range hopping, σ(T) = σ{sub h0}exp[−(T{sub 0}/T){sup n}] with n = 1/4. The results demonstrate that the crystallization and the corresponding carrier transport behavior of the Zn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O films are affected by the doping of Fe in the Zn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O films.

  17. Nanocrystalline brookite with enhanced stability and photocatalytic activity: influence of lanthanum(III) doping.

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    Perego, Céline; Wang, Yu-Heng; Durupthy, Olivier; Cassaignon, Sophie; Revel, Renaud; Jolivet, Jean-Pierre

    2012-02-01

    Metastable TiO(2) polymorphs are more promising materials than rutile for specific applications such as photocatalysis or catalysis support. This was clearly demonstrated for the anatase phase but still under consideration for brookite, which is difficult to obtain as pure phase. Moreover, the surface doping of anatase with lanthanum ions is known to both increase the thermal stability of the metastable phase and improve its photocatalytic activity. In this study, TiO(2) nanoparticles of almost only the brookite structure were prepared by a simple sol-gel procedure in aqueous solution. The nanoparticles were then doped with lanthanum(III) ions. The thermal stability of the nanoparticles was analyzed by X-ray diffraction and kinetic models were successfully applied to quantify phases evolutions. The presence of surface-sorbed lanthanum(III) ions increased the phase stability of at least 200 °C and this temperature shift was attributed to the selective phase stabilization of metastable TiO(2) polymorphs. Moreover, the combination of the surface doping ions and the thermal treatment induces the vanishing of the secondary anatase phase, and the photocatalytic tests on the doped brookite nanoparticles demonstrated that the doping increased photocatalytic activity and that the extent depended on the duration of the sintering treatment.

  18. Fractal and agglomeration behavior in Gd and Sm doped CeO{sub 2} nano-crystalline powders

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    Chavan, S.V. [Applied Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Sastry, P.U. [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Tyagi, A.K. [Applied Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India)], E-mail: aktyagi@barc.gov.in

    2008-06-12

    Nanocrystalline Gd, Sm doped ceria powders were synthesized by a combustion technique, using glycine as the fuel. These powders, after calcination at 600 {sup o}C, were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction and were found to be phase pure. The crystallite sizes, as calculated from X-ray line broadening were in the range of 11-13 nm, which were in close agreement with those obtained from the SAXS studies. The TEM studies also showed the particle sizes to be in the range of 10-15 nm. These powders showed a high surface area as observed from BET technique. The extent and nature of agglomeration was studied by a particle size analyzer. The fractal behaviour of these nano-sized powders prepared by combustion synthesis, has also been investigated by small angle X-ray scattering technique. Results showed that the powders contain aggregates with rough fractal surfaces above a length scale of 20 nm. These parameters of the powders and their agglomerates were found to play a significant role in the sintering behavior.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline Gd and Tb co-doped ceria-based electrolyte materials for IT-SOFC.

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    Choi, J W; Saradha, T; Heo, M H; Park, K

    2010-05-01

    Gd and Tb co-doped Ce0.8Gd0.2-xTb(x)O2-delta (0 < or = x < or = 0.09) nanopowders were synthesized by the combustion method using aspartic acid as fuel. The calcined powders formed a ceria-based single phase with a cubic fluorite structure. In addition, the powders were pure, homogeneous, and nanocrystalline nature, i.e., 20.1-23.4 nm in the calculated crystallite size. The partial incorporation of Tb for Gd caused a decrease in the average grain size of the sintered bodies. The high-quality nanosized Ce0.8Gd0.17Tb0.03O2-delta powders provided a high density, ultra-fine grain size, and high electrical conductivity even at the low sintering temperature of 1300 degrees C. The grain size and density of the Ce0.8Gd0.17Tb0.03O2-delta were approximately 146 nm and approximately 99% of the theoretical density, respectively, allowing enhanced electrical conductivity (0.106 Scm(-1) at 800 degrees C).

  20. Structural Properties and Antifungal Activity against Candida albicans Biofilm of Different Composite Layers Based on Ag/Zn Doped Hydroxyapatite-Polydimethylsiloxanes

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    Andreea Groza

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Modern medicine is still struggling to find new and more effective methods for fighting off viruses, bacteria and fungi. Among the most dangerous and at times life-threatening fungi is Candida albicans. Our work is focused on surface and structural characterization of hydroxyapatite, silver doped hydroxyapatite and zinc doped hydroxyapatite deposited on a titanium substrate previously coated with polydimethylsiloxane (HAp-PDMS, Ag:HAp-PDMS, Zn:HAp-PDMS by different techniques: Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM, Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy (GDOES and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR. The morphological studies revealed that the use of the PDMS polymer as an interlayer improves the quality of the coatings. The structural characterizations of the thin films revealed the basic constituents of both apatitic and PDMS structure. In addition, the GD depth profiles indicated the formation of a composite material as well as the successful embedding of the HAp, Zn:HAp and Ag:HAp into the polymer. On the other hand, in vitro evaluation of the antifungal properties of Ag:HAp-PDMS and Zn:HAp-PDMS demonstrated the fungicidal effects of Ag:HAp-PDMS and the potential antifungal effect of Zn:HAp-PDMS composite layers against C. albicans biofilm. The results acquired in this research complete previous research on the potential use of new complex materials produced by nanotechnology in biomedicine.

  1. Magnetic Labelling of Mesenchymal Stem Cells with Iron-Doped Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles as Tool for Cell Therapy.

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    Panseri, Silvia; Montesi, Monica; Iafisco, Michele; Adamiano, Alessio; Ghetti, Martina; Cenacchi, Giovanna; Tampieri, Anna

    2016-05-01

    Superparamagnetic nanoparticles offer several opportunities in nanomedicine and magnetic cell targeting. They are considered to be an extremely promising approach for the translation of cell-based therapies from the laboratory to clinical studies. In fact, after injection, the magnetic labeled cells could be driven by a static magnetic field and localized to the target site where they can perform their specific role. In this study, innovative iron-doped hydroxyapatite nanoparticles (FeHA NPs) were tested with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) as tools for cell therapy. Results showed that FeHA NPs could represent higher cell viability in'respect to commercial superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) at four different concentrations ranging from 10 μg/ml up to 200 μg/ml and would also upregulate an early marker involved in commitment and differentiation of MSCs. Moreover, FeHA NPs were uptaken without negatively affecting the cell behavior and their ultrastructure. Thus obtained magnetic cells were easily guided by application of a static magnetic field. This work demonstrates the promising opportunities of FeHA NPs in MSCs labeling due to the unique features of fast degradation and very low iron content of FeHA NPs compared to SPIONs. Likewise, due to the intrinsic properties of FeHA NPs, this approach could be simply transferred to different cell types as an effective magnetic carrier of drugs, growth factors, miRNA, etc., offering favorable prospects in nanomedicine.

  2. Luminescence Enhanced Eu(3+)/Gd(3+) Co-Doped Hydroxyapatite Nanocrystals as Imaging Agents In Vitro and In Vivo.

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    Xie, Yunfei; He, Wangmei; Li, Fang; Perera, Thalagalage Shalika Harshani; Gan, Lin; Han, Yingchao; Wang, Xinyu; Li, Shipu; Dai, Honglian

    2016-04-27

    Biocompatible, biodegradable, and luminescent nano material can be used as an alternative bioimaging agent for early cancer diagnosis, which is crucial to achieve successful treatment. Hydroxyapatite (HAP) nanocyrstals have good biocompatibility and biodegradability, and can be used as an excellent host for luminescent rare earth elements. In this study, based on the energy transfer from Gd(3+) to Eu(3+), the luminescence enhanced imaging agent of Eu/Gd codoping HAP (HAP:Eu/Gd) nanocrystals are obtained via coprecipitation with plate-like shape and no change in crystal phase composition. The luminescence can be much elevated (up to about 120%) with a nonlinear increase versus Gd doping content, which is due to the energy transfer ((6)PJ of Gd(3+) → (5)HJ of Eu(3+)) under 273 nm and the possible combination effect of the cooperative upconversion and the successive energy transfer under 394 nm, respectively. Results demonstrate that the biocompatible HAP:Eu/Gd nanocrystals can successfully perform cell labeling and in vivo imaging. The intracellular HAP:Eu/Gd nanocrystals display good biodegradability with a cumulative degradation of about 65% after 72 h. This biocompatible, biodegradable, and luminescence enhanced HAP:Eu/Gd nanocrystal has the potential to act as a fluorescent imaging agent in vitro and in vivo.

  3. Anticorrosive effects and in vitro cytocompatibility of calcium silicate/zinc-doped hydroxyapatite composite coatings on titanium

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    Huang, Yong; Zhang, Honglei; Qiao, Haixia; Nian, Xiaofeng; Zhang, Xuejiao; Wang, Wendong; Zhang, Xiaoyun; Chang, Xiaotong; Han, Shuguang; Pang, Xiaofeng

    2015-12-01

    This work elucidated the corrosion resistance and cytocompatibility of electroplated Zn- and Si-containing bioactive calcium silicate/zinc-doped hydroxyapatite (ZnHA/CS) ceramic coatings on commercially pure titanium (CP-Ti). The formation of ZnHA/CS coating was investigated through Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray and inductively coupled plasma analyses. The XRD image showed that the reaction layer was mainly composed of HA and CaSiO3. The fabricated ZnHA/CS coatings presented a porous structure and appropriate thickness for possible applications in orthopaedic surgery. Potentiodynamic polarization tests showed that ZnHA/CS coatings exhibited higher corrosion resistance than CP-Ti. Dissolution tests on the coating also revealed that Si4+ and Zn2+ were leached at low levels. Moreover, MC3T3-E1 cells cultured on ZnHA/CS featured improved cell morphology, adhesion, spreading, proliferation and expression of alkaline phosphatase than those cultured on HA. The high cytocompatibility of ZnHA/CS could be mainly attributed to the combination of micro-porous surface effects and ion release (Zn2+ and Si4+). All these results indicate that ZnHA/CS composite-coated CP-Ti may be a potential material for orthopaedic applications.

  4. Evaluation of Bone Healing on Sandblasted and Acid Etched Implants Coated with Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite: An In Vivo Study in Rabbit Femur

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    Lory Melin Svanborg

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed at investigating if a coating of hydroxyapatite nanocrystals would enhance bone healing over time in trabecular bone. Sandblasted and acid etched titanium implants with and without a submicron thick coat of hydroxyapatite nanocrystals (nano-HA were implanted in rabbit femur with healing times of 2, 4, and 9 weeks. Removal torque analyses and histological evaluations were performed. The torque analysis did not show any significant differences between the implants at any healing time. The control implant showed a tendency of more newly formed bone after 4 weeks of healing and significantly higher bone area values after 9 weeks of healing. According to the results from this present study, both control and nano-HA surfaces were biocompatible and osteoconductive. A submicron thick coating of hydroxyapatite nanocrystals deposited onto blasted and acid etched screw shaped titanium implants did not enhance bone healing, as compared to blasted and etched control implants when placed in trabecular bone.

  5. Structural and optical properties of nanocrystalline pure and indium doped tin oxide powders synthesized in a single step by flame spray pyrolysis

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    Silvister Raju, M. J.; Bhattacharya, S. S.

    2017-07-01

    Phase pure tin oxide (SnO2) and indium doped SnO2 nanocrystalline powders were synthesized in a single step by a flame spray pyrolysis method. The as-synthesized powders were characterized by standard techniques of x-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and absorption spectroscopy. Using x-ray diffraction, it was established that the powders had the rutile (cassiterite) structure with tetragonal unit cells in the space group P42/mnm. Using the Rietveld refinement method, structural analysis was carried out in order to obtain the lattice parameters, volume and density. X-ray photoelectron spectra confirmed the presence of indium in the doped samples. Absorption spectra revealed that the powders were transparent to the visible spectrum with a sharp absorption below 350 nm. Energy bandgaps, estimated by Tauc plots, established that increasing the doping concentration reduced the bandgap.

  6. Gas doping ratio effects on p-type hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon thin films grown by hot-wire chemical vapor deposition

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    Luo, P.Q. [Solar Energy Institute, Department of Physics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240 (China)], E-mail: robt@sjtu.edu.cn; Zhou, Z.B. [Solar Energy Institute, Department of Physics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240 (China)], E-mail: zbzhou@sjtu.edu.cn; Chan, K.Y. [Thin Film Laboratory, Faculty of Engineering, Multimedia University, Jalan Multimedia, Cyberjaya 63100, Selangor (Malaysia); Tang, D.Y.; Cui, R.Q.; Dou, X.M. [Solar Energy Institute, Department of Physics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240 (China)

    2008-12-30

    Hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si:H) grown by hot-wire chemical vapor deposition (HWCVD) has recently drawn significant attention in the area of thin-film large area optoelectronics due to possibility of high deposition rate. We report on the effects of diborane (B{sub 2}H{sub 6}) doping ratio on the microstructural and optoelectrical properties of the p-type nc-Si:H thin films grown by HWCVD at low substrate temperature of 200 deg. C and with high hydrogen dilution ratio of 98.8%. An attempt has been made to elucidate the boron doping mechanism of the p-type nc-Si:H thin films deposited by HWCVD and the correlation between the B{sub 2}H{sub 6} doping ratio, crystalline volume fraction, optical band gap and dark conductivity.

  7. PREPARING NANO-CRYSTALLINE La DOPED WC/Co POWDER BY HIGH ENERGY BALL MILLING

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    S. Liu; D.Q. Yi; Y.X. Li; D. Zou

    2002-01-01

    The La doped WC/Co powder was prepared by high energy ball milling. The changesof crystal structure, micrograph and defect of the powder were investigated by means ofXRD (X-ray diffraction), SEM (scanning electron microscope) and DTA (differentialthermal analysis). The results show that adding trace La element into carbides iseffective to minish the grain size of WC/Co powder. The La doped carbides powderwith grain size of 30nm can be obtained after 1Oh ball milling. The XRD peak of Cophase disappeared after 20h ball milling, which indicated solid solution (or secondarysolid solution) of Co phase in WC phase. The La doped powder with grain size of1Ohm is obtained after 30h ball milling. A peak of heat release at the temperatureof 470℃ was emerged in DTA curve within the range of heating temperature, whichshowed that the crystal structure relaxation of the powder appeared in the process ofhigh energy ball milling. After consolidated the La doped WC/Co alloy by high energyball milling exhibits ultra-fine grain Sizes and better mechanical properties.

  8. Effect of doping- and field-induced charge carrier density on the electron transport in nanocrystalline ZnO.

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    Hammer, Maria S; Rauh, Daniel; Lorrmann, Volker; Deibel, Carsten; Dyakonov, Vladimir

    2008-12-03

    The charge transport properties of thin films of sol-gel processed undoped and Al-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles with variable doping level between 0.8 and 10 at.% were investigated. The x-ray diffraction studies revealed a decrease of the average crystallite sizes in highly doped samples. We provide estimates of the conductivity and the resulting charge carrier densities with respect to the doping level. The increase of charge carrier density due to extrinsic doping was compared to the accumulation of charge carriers in field effect transistor structures. This allowed us to assess the scattering effects due to extrinsic doping on the electron mobility. The latter decreases from 4.6 × 10(-3) to 4.5 × 10(-4) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) with increasing doping density. In contrast, the accumulation leads to an increasing mobility up to 1.5 × 10(-2) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). The potential barrier heights related to grain boundaries between the crystallites were derived from temperature dependent mobility measurements. The extrinsic doping initially leads to a grain boundary barrier height lowering, followed by an increase due to doping-induced structural defects. We conclude that the conductivity of sol-gel processed nanocrystalline ZnO:Al is governed by an interplay of the enhanced charge carrier density and the doping-induced charge carrier scattering effects, achieving a maximum at 0.8 at.% in our case.

  9. Synthesis, structural and optical properties of nanocrystalline vanadium doped zinc oxide aerogel

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    El Ghoul, J.; Barthou, C.; El Mir, L.

    2012-06-01

    We report the synthesis of vanadium-doped ZnO nanoparticles prepared by a sol-gel processing technique. In our approach, the water for hydrolysis was slowly released by esterification reaction followed by a supercritical drying in ethyl alcohol. Vanadium doping concentration of 10 at% has been investigated. After treatment in air at different temperatures, the obtained nanopowder was characterized by various techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL). Analysis by scanning electron microscopy at high resolution shows that the grain size increases with increasing temperature. Thus, in the case of thermal treatment at 500 °C in air, the powder with an average particle size of 25 nm shows a strong luminescence band in the visible range. The intensity and energy position of the obtained PL band depends on the temperature measurement increase. The mechanism of this emission band is discussed.

  10. Dual Band Electrochromic Devices Based on Nb-Doped TiO2 Nanocrystalline Electrodes.

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    Barawi, Mariam; De Trizio, Luca; Giannuzzi, Roberto; Veramonti, Giulia; Manna, Liberato; Manca, Michele

    2017-04-25

    The reliable exploitation of localized surface plasmon resonance in transparent conductive oxides is being pursued to push the developement of an emerging class of advanced dynamic windows, which offer the opportunity to selectively and dynamically control the intensity of the incoming thermal radiation without affecting visible transparency. In this view, Nb-doped TiO2 colloidal nanocrystals are particularly promising, as they have a wide band gap and their plasmonic features can be finely tailored across the near-infrared region by varying the concentration of dopants. Four batches of Nb-doped TiO2 nanocrystals with different doping levels (from 0% to 15% of niobium content) have been used here to prepare highly transparent mesoporous electrodes for near-infrared selective electrochromic devices, capable of dynamically modulating the intensity of the transmitted radiation upon the application of a relatively small bias voltage. An engineered dual band electrochromic device (made of 10%-Nb-doped TiO2 nanocrystals) has been eventually fabricated. It was shown to provide two complementary spectroelectrochemical responses, which can be independently controlled through the intensity of the applied potential: a large variation of the optical transmittance in the near-infrared region (by the intensification of the localized surface plasmon scattering) was achievable in the 0-3 V voltage window, reaching values greater than 64% in the spectral range from 800 to 2000 nm, whereas the visible absorption could also be intensively varied at higher potentials (from 3 to 4 V), driven by Li intercalation into the TiO2 anatase lattice.

  11. Effect of preparation conditions on physic-chemical properties of tin-doped nanocrystalline indium oxide

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    Malinovskaya, T. D.; Sachkov, V. I.; Zhek, V. V.; Nefedov, R. A.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper the results of investigation of phase formation and change of concentration of free electrons (Ne) in indium tin oxide system during heat treatment of coprecipitated hydroxides of indium and tin from nitric and hydrochloric solutions and also, for comparison melts of salts nitrates by an alkaline reactant (NH4OH) are considered.The performed investigation allowed to set the optimal condition of preparation of polycrystalline tin-doped indium oxide with maximal electron concentration.

  12. Anomalous behavior of B1g mode in highly transparent anatase nano-crystalline Nb-doped Titanium Dioxide (NTO thin films

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    Subodh K. Gautam

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The effect of Niobium doping and size of crystallites on highly transparent nano-crystalline Niobium doped Titanium Dioxide (NTO thin films with stable anatase phase are reported. The Nb doping concentration is varied within the solubility limit in TiO2 lattice. Films were annealed in controlled environment for improving the crystallinity and size of crystallites. Elemental and thickness analysis were carried out using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and cross sectional field emission scanning electron microscopy. Structural characteristics reveal a substitutional incorporation of Nb+5 in the TiO2 lattice which inhibits the anatase crystallites growth with increasing the doping percentage. The micro-Raman (MR spectra of films with small size crystallites shows stiffening of about 4 cm−1 for the Eg(1 mode and is ascribed to phonon confinement and non-stoichiometry. In contrast, B1g mode exhibits a large anomalous softening of 20 cm−1 with asymmetrical broadening; which was not reported for the case of pure TiO2 crystallites. This anomalous behaviour is explained by contraction of the apical Ti-O bonds at the surface upon substitutional Nb5+ doping induced reduction of Ti4+ ions also known as hetero-coordination effect. The proposed hypotheses is manifested through studying the electronic structure and phonon dynamics by performing the near edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS and temperature dependent MR down to liquid nitrogen temperature on pure and 2.5 at.% doped NTO films, respectively.

  13. Effect of La doping on optical and electrical transport properties of nanocrystalline YCrO3

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    Sinha, R.; Kundu, S.; Basu, S.; Meikap, A. K.

    2016-10-01

    In this work we have reported the synthesis and characterization of La doped YCrO3 nanoparticles following sol-gel method. The optical band gap of the investigated samples decreases with the increase of doping content. Photoluminescence spectra show distinct red light emission in the visible range around 630 nm. Dielectric permittivity is measured within the temperature range 298 K-523 K and in the frequency range 20 Hz - 1 MHz following the power law ε'(f) ∝Tp , which shows that the temperature exponent p increases with the decreasing frequency and its values varies from 11.4 to 17 for 1 MHz to 100 KHz frequency variation. The ac impedance analysis shows that grain boundary contribution is dominating over grain contribution. The dc conductivity of the investigated samples follows semiconductor behavior. The analysis of both the dc and ac conductivity shows that the activation energy decreases and the conductivity increases with the increase of doping concentration which is very much important for its application as interconnect material in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs).

  14. Optical and sensing properties of Fe doped ZnO nanocrystalline thin films

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    Shukla R.K.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Undoped and Fe doped ZnO films of different molarities deposited by spray pyrolysis method using zinc nitrate and ferric chloride as precursors show polycrystalline nature and hexagonal wurtzite structure. Crystallite size decreases with an increase in dopant concentration from 0 at.% to 3 at.%. Doping improves the transmission of the films whereas it reduces the optical band gap of ZnO from 3.28 eV to 3.17 eV. The morphology resembles flake-like structures which collapse when the dopant is introduced. The samples are found to be sensitive to CO2 gas. Undoped ZnO shows maximum sensitivity at 350 °C for higher concentration of CO2. Doped samples show maximum sensitivity at 200 °C for all CO2 concentrations i.e. from 500 ppm to 4000 ppm. Maximum sensitivity is achieved at temperatures 350 °C, 250 °C, 300 °C and 450 °C for the samples prepared using precursor solution of 0.1 M molarity.

  15. A facile method for the preparation of Eu{sup 2+}-doped nanocrystalline BaFCl

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    Wang, Xianglei; Liu, Zhiqiang [School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, The University of New South Wales, UNSW Canberra (ADFA), Canberra, ACT 2600 (Australia); Stevens-Kalceff, Marion A. [School of Physics and Electron Microscope Unit, Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052 (Australia); Riesen, Hans, E-mail: h.riesen@adfa.edu.au [School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, The University of New South Wales, UNSW Canberra (ADFA), Canberra, ACT 2600 (Australia)

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A facile co-precipitation method for the preparation of Eu{sup 2+}-doped BaFCl. • Reduction of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} by zinc granular under nitrogen flow. • Photoluminescence and cathodoluminescence spectroscopy of the as-prepared BaFCl:Eu{sup 2+}. • Temperature dependent photoluminescence properties of Eu{sup 2+} ions in BaFCl. - Abstract: A facile method for the preparation of Eu{sup 2+}-doped BaFCl is reported. The method is based on the co-precipitation of aqueous solutions of BaCl{sub 2} and NH{sub 4}F to yield BaFCl. The doping by europium in the 2+ oxidation state is realized by the reduction of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} employing granular zinc in the BaCl{sub 2} solution under nitrogen. Powder X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy have been used to confirm the BaFCl phase and photoluminescence, in the temperature range of 2.5–290 K, and room-temperature cathodoluminescence spectra have been measured to characterize the Eu{sup 2+} ions in the sample.

  16. Magnetic study of M-type doped barium hexaferrite nanocrystalline particles

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    Alsmadi, A. M., E-mail: abdel.alsmadi@ku.edu.kw [Physics Department, Kuwait University, 13060 Safat (Kuwait); Physics Department, The Hashemite University, 13115 Zarqa (Jordan); Bsoul, I. [Physics Department, Al al-Bayt University, Mafraq (Jordan); Mahmood, S. H. [Physics Department, The University of Jordan, Amman (Jordan); Alnawashi, G. [Physics Department, The Hashemite University, 13115 Zarqa (Jordan); Prokeš, K.; Siemensmeyer, K.; Klemke, B. [Helmholtz Zentrum für Matearialien und Energie, 14109 Berlin (Germany); Nakotte, H. [Physics Department, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003 (United States)

    2013-12-28

    Co-Ti and Ru-Ti substituted barium ferrite nanocrystalline particles BaFe{sub 12−2x}Co{sub x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 19} with (0≤x≤1) and BaFe{sub 12−2x}Ru{sub x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 19} with (0≤x≤0.6) were prepared by ball milling method, and their magnetic properties and their temperature dependencies were studied. The zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) processes were recorded at low magnetic fields and the ZFC curves displayed a broad peak at a temperature T{sub M}. In all samples under investigation, a clear irreversibility between the ZFC and FC curves was observed below room temperature, and this irreversibility disappeared above room temperature. These results were discussed within the framework of random particle assembly model and associated with the magnetic domain wall motion. The resistivity data showed some kind of a transition from insulator to perfect insulator around T{sub M}. At 2 K, the saturation magnetization slightly decreased and the coercivity dropped dramatically with increasing the Co-Ti concentration x. With Ru-Ti substitution, the saturation magnetization showed small variations, while the coercivity decreased monotonically, recording a reduction of about 73% at x = 0.6. These results were discussed in light of the single ion anisotropy model and the cationic distributions based on previously reported neutron diffraction data for the CoTi substituted system, and the results of our Mössbauer spectroscopy data for the RuTi substituted system.

  17. Nanocrystalline semiconductor doped rare earth oxide for the photocatalytic degradation studies on Acid Blue 113: A di-azo compound under UV slurry photoreactor.

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    Suganya Josephine, G A; Mary Nisha, U; Meenakshi, G; Sivasamy, A

    2015-11-01

    Preventive measures for the control of environmental pollution and its remediation has received much interest in recent years due to the world-wide increase in the contamination of water bodies. Contributions of these harmful effluents are caused by the leather processing, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, textile, agricultural and other chemical industries. Nowadays, advanced oxidation processes considered to be better option for the complete destruction of organic contaminants in water and wastewater. Acid Blue 113 is a most widely used di-azo compound in leather, textile, dying and food industry as a color rending compound. In the present study, we have reported the photo catalytic degradation of Acid Blue 113 using a nanocrystalline semiconductor doped rare earth oxide as a photo catalyst under UV light irradiation. The photocatalyst was prepared by a simple precipitation technique and were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, UV-DRS and FE-SEM analysis. The experimental results proved that the prepared photo catalyst was nanocrystalline and highly active in the UV region. The UV-DRS results showed the band gap energy was 3.15eV for the prepared photo catalyst. The photodegradation efficiency was analyzed by various experimental parameters such as pH, catalyst dosage, variation of substrate concentration and effect of electrolyte addition. The photo degradation process followed a pseudo first order kinetics and was continuously monitored by UV-visible spectrophotometer. The experimental results proved the efficacy of the nanocrystalline zinc oxide doped dysprosium oxide which are highly active under UV light irradiations. It is also suggested that the prepared material would find wider applications in environmental remediation technologies to remove the carcinogenic and toxic moieties present in the industrial effluents.

  18. Facile green synthesis of silver doped fluor-hydroxyapatite/β-cyclodextrin nanocomposite in the dual acting fluorine-containing ionic liquid medium for bone substitute applications

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    Jegatheeswaran, S.; Selvam, S.; Sri Ramkumar, V.; Sundrarajan, M.

    2016-05-01

    A novel green route has approached for the synthesis of silver doped fluor-hydroxyapatite/β-cyclodextrin composite by the assistance of fluorine-based ionic liquid. The selected [BMIM]BF4 ionic liquid for this work plays a dual role as fluoride source and templating agent. It helps to improve the crystalline structures and the shape of the composites. The crystallinity, surface morphology, topographical studies of the synthesized composite were validated. The XRD results of the composite show typical Ag reflection peaks at 38.1°, 44.2° and 63.4°. The ionic liquid assisted composite displayed the hexagonal shaped HA particles, which are surrounded by spherical nano-Ag particles and these particles are uniformly dispersed in the β-cyclodextrin matrix in both horizontal and cross sections from surface morphology observations. The Ionic liquid assisted silver doped fluor-hydroxyapatite/β-cyclodextrin composite exhibited very good antibacterial activities against Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi, Klebsiella pneumonia and Serratia liquefaciens pathogens. The antibacterial proficiencies were established using Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopic developed biofilms images and bacterial growth curve analysis. The cytotoxicity results of the ionic liquid assisted composite analyzed by cell proliferation in vitro studies using human osteosarcoma cell line (MG-63) and this study has shown excellent biocompatibility.

  19. Copper doped nickel ferrite nano-crystalline thin films: A potential gas sensor towards reducing gases

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    Rao, Pratibha; Godbole, R.V.; Bhagwat, Sunita, E-mail: smb.agc@gmail.com

    2016-03-01

    NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and (1 wt% and 3 wt%) Cu:NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin films have been fabricated using spray pyrolysis deposition technique at 350 °C and then sintered at 650 °C for 3 h. X-ray diffraction, SEM, EDAX, UV-VIS spectroscopy, SQUID VSM were carried out to investigate phase formation, microstructural and influence of Cu doping on magnetic properties of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin films. The gas response towards various gases viz. ethanol, Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), methanol and hydrogen sulfide (H{sub 2}S) is investigated. The results of XRD revealed that all samples had shown the principal phase of nickel ferrite and the lattice parameter was found to vary from 8.294 Å to 8.314 Å on an incorporation of Cu, and the crystalline sizes were about 40–45 nm. The effect of Cu concentration on saturation magnetization and coercive force were studied. The maximum value of saturation magnetization calculated from hysteresis loop was 89.16 emu/g at room temperature and 96.88 emu/g at 50 K. Cu content on the film surface was found to be maximum for 1 wt% Cu:NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin film and this film showed an improved response towards all gases. Response of ethanol for NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin film was found to be higher as compared to all the other gases. The lowering of the optimum operating temperature is observed in 1 wt% Cu:NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin film with higher selectivity towards ethanol than other gases. All results indicated that the Cu doping in nickel ferrite thin films has a significant influence on the properties. - Highlights: • Cu:NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin films are synthesized by low cost spray pyrolysis technique. • Addition of Cu content improves magnetic properties. • Cu content on the surface of the film enhances the gas response. • NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin films exhibit predominant selectivity towards ethanol. • 1 wt% Cu:NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} film responses towards ethanol at lower optimum temperature.

  20. Niobium (V) doped bioceramics: evaluation of the hydrothermal route modified with citric acid and urea to obtain modified hydroxyapatite; Bioceramicas aditivadas com niobio (V): avaliacao da rota hidrotermica modificada com acido citrico e ureia para obtencao de hidroxiapatitas modificadas

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    Simomukay, E.; Souza, E.C.F. de; Antunes, S.R.M.; Borges, C.P.F.; Michel, M.D.; Antunes, A.C. [Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa (UEPG), Ponta Grossa, PR (Brazil)

    2016-01-15

    Synthetic hydroxyapatite (Ca{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2}; HA) has become a widely used ceramic material for bone reconstruction due to its biocompatibility with the bone tissue. This biocompatibility as well as other physical and chemical properties of the hydroxyapatite can be modified by the addition of different ions to its structure. Niobium (V) ion has not been commonly used in the hydroxyapatite synthesis. The objective of this study was to evaluate the use of hydrothermal route in the niobium (V) doped hydroxyapatite synthesis. The route used the niobium ammonium oxalate (NH{sub 4}H{sub 2}[NbO(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}].3H{sub 2}O) complex as a niobium (V) ion precursor. The addition of citric acid and urea in the hydrothermal route is used for the control of synthesis pH and precipitation rate. Pure sample and sample added with 5.3 ppm of niobium (V) ion were prepared. The coexistence of other phases besides the hydroxyapatite was not observed in any of the samples through the use of X-ray diffraction and infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) techniques. The FTIR technique revealed the presence of hydroxyapatite characteristic functional groups. The scanning electron microscopy analysis showed the formation of agglomerates composed of round particles, confirmed by the transmission electron microscopy technique. The X-ray fluorescence spectroscopic analysis detected the presence of niobium in the doped sample. The results showed that niobium (V) doped hydroxyapatite can be synthesized by means of hydrothermal route, which may be considered as huge potential for future application in bioceramics. (author)

  1. Size dependent magnetic and electrical properties of Ba-doped nanocrystalline BiFeO3

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    Mehedi Hasan

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Improvement in magnetic and electrical properties of multiferroic BiFeO3 in conjunction with their dependence on particle size is crucial due to its potential applications in multifunctional miniaturized devices. In this investigation, we report a study on particle size dependent structural, magnetic and electrical properties of sol-gel derived Bi0.9Ba0.1FeO3 nanoparticles of different sizes ranging from ∼ 12 to 49 nm. The substitution of Bi by Ba significantly suppresses oxygen vacancies, reduces leakage current density and Fe2+ state. An improvement in both magnetic and electrical properties is observed for 10 % Ba-doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles compared to its undoped counterpart. The saturation magnetization of Bi0.9Ba0.1FeO3 nanoparticles increase with reducing particle size in contrast with a decreasing trend of ferroelectric polarization. Moreover, a first order metamagnetic transition is noticed for ∼ 49 nm Bi0.9Ba0.1FeO3 nanoparticles which disappeared with decreasing particle size. The observed strong size dependent multiferroic properties are attributed to the complex interaction between vacancy induced crystallographic defects, multiple valence states of Fe, uncompensated surface spins, crystallographic distortion and suppression of spiral spin cycloid of BiFeO3.

  2. Photoluminescence properties of Ho3+/Tm3+-doped YAGG nano-crystalline powders

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    Praveena, R.; Sameera, V. Sravani; Babu, P.; Basavapoornima, Ch.; Jayasankar, C. K.

    2017-10-01

    Y3Al4GaO12 (YAGG):(Tm3+, Ho3+) nanoparticles have been synthesized by Pechini sol-gel method and characterised their X-ray diffraction patterns, scanning electron microscope image, energy dispersive and photoluminescence spectra. From XRD results, phase purity and structure have been confirmed. Excitation spectra reveal that 363 nm excitation is suitable to excite the co-doped samples. Under ultraviolet excitation at 363 nm, the characteristic emissions of Tm3+ and Ho3+ ions have been observed in the photoluminescence (PL) spectra. Concentration dependent luminescence and energy transfer between Tm3+ and Ho3+ ions have been studied. The CIE chromaticity coordinates and correlated colour temperature values have been obtained from the emission spectra. Moreover, the emission colour of the YAGG:TmHo nano-powders was slightly shifted to red colour while increasing the Ho concentration and can be tuned from blue/green to white by adjusting the Tm3+/Ho3+ ions concentration. The optimum concentration of Tm3+ and Ho3+ ions were found to be 1:1 ratio in the YAGG host. The optimized single component white light emitting YAGG:TmHo phosphors could be a potential candidate for phosphor-converted white light emitting diode and full colour display applications.

  3. SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATIONS OF PURE AND DOPED NANOCRYSTALLINE BiFeO3 CERAMICS BY SHS

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    YOGESH A. CHAUDHARI

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The pure and Zn incorporated BiFeO3 ceramics were synthesized by self-propagating high temperature synthesis (SHS. The X-ray diffractometer (XRD studies revealed that, both BiFeO3 and BiFe0.95Zn0.05O3 ceramics crystallizes in a single phase rhombhohedral structure. The room temperature ferroelectric and magnetic hysteresis loop evidenced coexistence of ferroelectricity and magnetism in single phase undoped and Zn doped BiFeO3. The M-H hysteresis loop of BiFe0.95Zn0.05O3 sample demonstrated a weak ferromagnetism at 300 K and 5 K respectively. The room temperature ferroelectric P-E hysteresis loops of BiFeO3 and BiFe0.95Zn0.05O3 exhibited an unsaturated behavior and suggests a partial reversal of polarization. A variation of dielectric constant with respect to temperature in BiFeO3 and BiFe0.95Zn0.05O3 ceramic delivers a dielectric anomaly around 480 and 450°C which is a consequence of antiferromagnetic to paramagnetic phase transition (TN. Moreover, for BiFeO3 the anomaly manifests a possible coupling between electric and magnetic dipole moments.

  4. The characterization of magnetic and photo-catalytic properties of nanocrystalline Ni-doped TiO{sub 2} powder synthesized by mechanical alloying

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    Uhm, Young Rang [Nuclear Nano Materials Developmen Lab., Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, KAERI, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea, Republic of); Woo, Seung Hee [Nuclear Nano Materials Developmen Lab., Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, KAERI, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Whung Whoe [Nuclear Nano Materials Developmen Lab., Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, KAERI, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sun Jae [Department of Advanced Materials Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul 143-747 (Korea, Republic of); Rhee, Chang Kyu [Nuclear Nano Materials Developmen Lab., Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, KAERI, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea, Republic of)]. E-mail: ckrhee@kaeri.re.kr

    2006-09-15

    Nanocrystalline Ni-doped TiO{sub 2} powders were prepared by mechanical alloying. The X-ray patterns for samples showed three phases of TiO{sub 2} such as rutile, anatase and brookhite. Transmission electron microscopy analyses were carried out to clarify morphologies and position of Ni within the mechanically alloyed powders. The Ni-doped powder consisted of spherical particles and average grain size was less than 10 nm. For the Ni-doped TiO{sub 2}, the colour of powders changes from white to bright yellow with increasing concentration of Ni. The UV-vis absorption showed that the UV absorption for the Ni-doped powder shifted to a longer wavelength (red shift) and the photo-efficiency was enhanced. The absorption threshold depends on the concentration of nano-sized Ni dopant. Ferromagnetic behaviour such as the magnetic hysteresis loops was observed at room temperature. The coercivity (H {sub c}) changed from 40 to 60 Oe with increasing Ni concentration. Based on the UV absorption and magnetization, the dopant level is localized to the valence band of TiO{sub 2}.

  5. Nanocrystalline ZnO doped lanthanide oxide: An efficient photocatalyst for the degradation of malachite green dye under visible light irradiation

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    G.A. Suganya Josephine

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Visible light induced semiconductor photocatalysis has received a great attention in recent years due to the contamination of water bodies. In the present study, we have reported the photo catalytic degradation of a toxic organic dye, malachite green using a ZnO doped Dy2O3 photo catalyst under visible light irradiation. The nanocrystalline photocatalyst was prepared by a precipitation method employing the respective nitrates and sodium carbonate as precursors and were characterized by FT-IR, XRD, UV–Vis DRS, FE-SEM and AFM analysis. The experimental results proved that the prepared photo catalysts were crystalline, nanosized and highly active in the visible region. UV–Vis DRS results suggested that the band gap was 3.1 eV for the prepared photo catalyst. The photodegradation efficiency of malachite green was analysed by various experimental parameters namely pH, catalyst dosage, variation of substrate concentration and effect of electrolyte addition. The photo degradation process followed a pseudo first order kinetics and was continuously monitored by UV–Visible spectrophotometer. The degradation of malachite green was above 99% within 1 h of visible light irradiation employing the doped photocatalyst, whereas pristine metal oxide possessed only 67% and pristine lanthanide oxide possessed activity which was only due to photolysis. A plausible mechanism for the generation of OH radicals and the pathway for MG dye degradation has been proposed in this study. The experimental results clearly show that nanocrystalline semiconductor doped lanthanide oxides are highly active under visible light irradiations and may find wider applications in environmental remediation technologies.

  6. Anomalous behavior of B{sub 1g} mode in highly transparent anatase nano-crystalline Nb-doped Titanium Dioxide (NTO) thin films

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    Gautam, Subodh K., E-mail: subodhkgtm@gmail.com, E-mail: fouran@gmail.com; Ojha, S.; Singh, Fouran, E-mail: subodhkgtm@gmail.com, E-mail: fouran@gmail.com [Material Science Group, Inter University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi -110067 (India); Gautam, Naina [Department of Electronic Science, University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi - 110023 (India); Singh, R. G. [Department of Physics, Bhagini Nivedita College, Delhi University, Delhi– 110043 (India); Shukla, D. K. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University Campus, Khandwa Road, Indore 452017 (India)

    2015-12-15

    The effect of Niobium doping and size of crystallites on highly transparent nano-crystalline Niobium doped Titanium Dioxide (NTO) thin films with stable anatase phase are reported. The Nb doping concentration is varied within the solubility limit in TiO{sub 2} lattice. Films were annealed in controlled environment for improving the crystallinity and size of crystallites. Elemental and thickness analysis were carried out using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and cross sectional field emission scanning electron microscopy. Structural characteristics reveal a substitutional incorporation of Nb{sup +5} in the TiO{sub 2} lattice which inhibits the anatase crystallites growth with increasing the doping percentage. The micro-Raman (MR) spectra of films with small size crystallites shows stiffening of about 4 cm{sup −1} for the E{sub g(1)} mode and is ascribed to phonon confinement and non-stoichiometry. In contrast, B{sub 1g} mode exhibits a large anomalous softening of 20 cm{sup −1} with asymmetrical broadening; which was not reported for the case of pure TiO{sub 2} crystallites. This anomalous behaviour is explained by contraction of the apical Ti-O bonds at the surface upon substitutional Nb{sup 5+} doping induced reduction of Ti{sup 4+} ions also known as hetero-coordination effect. The proposed hypotheses is manifested through studying the electronic structure and phonon dynamics by performing the near edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) and temperature dependent MR down to liquid nitrogen temperature on pure and 2.5 at.% doped NTO films, respectively.

  7. Mechanochemical preparation and structural characterization of Ta-doped chlorapatite nanopowders

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    Bahman Nasiri-Tabrizi

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline tantalum-doped chlorapatite (Ta-doped ClA was successfully synthesized using a facile mechanochemical method. In the absence of the dopant, milling for 3 h led to the formation of a poorly crystalline hydroxyapatite, while in its presence of the Ta dopant, Ta-doped ClA nanopowders were produced as a result of an oncoming reaction. The results indicated that lattice micro-strain, crystallite size, crystallinity level, phase percentage and hexagonal lattice constants of the substituted apatite nanopowders were dramatically affected by the doping concentration. The a-axis and unit cell volume increased with the increase in the doping concentration, owing to the ionic radius difference of Cl− and OH− ions. From the TEM observations, the doped powders consisted of nanoneedles with a mean size of 60±20 nm in length and 14±4 nm in width.

  8. Nano-Hydroxyapatite Thick Film Gas Sensors

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    Khairnar, Rajendra S.; Mene, Ravindra U.; Munde, Shivaji G.; Mahabole, Megha P. [School of Physical Sciences, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded 431606 (India)

    2011-12-10

    In the present work pure and metal ions (Co and Fe) doped hydroxyapatite (HAp) thick films have been successfully utilized to improve the structural, morphological and gas sensing properties. Nanocrystalline HAp powder is synthesized by wet chemical precipitation route, and ion exchange process is employed for addition of Co and Fe ions in HAp matrix. Moreover, swift heavy ion irradiation (SHI) technique is used to modify the surface of pure and metal ion exchanged HAp with various ion fluence. The structural investigation of pure and metal ion exchanged HAp thick films are carried out using X-ray diffraction and the presence of functional group is observed by means FTIR spectroscopy. Furthermore, surface morphology is visualized by means of SEM and AFM analysis. CO gas sensing study is carried out for, pure and metal ions doped, HAp thick films with detail investigation on operating temperature, response/recovery time and gas uptake capacity. The surface modifications of sensor matrix by SHI enhance the gas response, response/recovery and gas uptake capacity. The significant observation is here to note that, addition of Co and Fe in HAp matrix and surface modification by SHI improves the sensing properties of HAp films drastically resulting in gas sensing at relatively lower temperatures.

  9. Nanocrystalline N-Doped TiO2 Powders: Mild Hydrothermal Synthesis and Photocatalytic Degradation of Phenol under Visible Light Irradiation

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    Junna Xu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Nitrogen-doped TiO2 powders have been prepared using technical guanidine hydrochloride, titanyl sulfate, and urea as precursors via a mild hydrothermal method under initial pressure of 3MPa, 150∘C holding for 2h without any postheat treatment for crystallization. The nanocrystalline N-doped TiO2 powders were composed of anatase TiO2 by XRD. The grain size was estimated as about 10 nm, and the BET specific surface area of the powder was measured as 154.7 m2/g. The UV-visible absorption spectra indicated that the absorption edge of the N-doped TiO2 powders had been red shifted into the visible light region. The photocatalytic performance of the synthesized powders was evaluated by degradation of phenol under visible light irradiation. And the effects of the catalyst load and the initial pH value on the photodegradation were also investigated.

  10. In vivo implantation of porous titanium alloy implants coated with magnesium-doped octacalcium phosphate and hydroxyapatite thin films using pulsed laser depostion.

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    Mróz, Waldemar; Budner, Bogusław; Syroka, Renata; Niedzielski, Kryspin; Golański, Grzegorz; Slósarczyk, Anna; Schwarze, Dieter; Douglas, Timothy E L

    2015-01-01

    The use of porous titanium-based implant materials for bone contact has been gaining ground in recent years. Selective laser melting (SLM) is a rapid prototyping method by which porous implants with highly defined external dimensions and internal architecture can be produced. The coating of porous implants produced by SLM with ceramic layers based on calcium phosphate (CaP) remains relatively unexplored, as does the doping of such coatings with magnesium (Mg) to promote bone formation. In this study, Mg-doped coatings of the CaP types octacalcium phosphate and hydroxyapatite (HA) were deposited on such porous implants using the pulsed laser deposition method. The coated implants were subsequently implanted in a rabbit femoral defect model for 6 months. Uncoated implants served as a reference material. Bone-implant contact and bone volume in the region of interest were evaluated by histopathological techniques using a tri-chromatographic Masson-Goldner staining method and by microcomputed tomography (µCT) analysis of the volume of interest in the vicinity of implants. Histopathological analysis revealed that all implant types integrated directly with surrounding bone with ingrowth of newly formed bone into the pores of the implants. Biocompatibility of all implant types was demonstrated by the absence of inflammatory infiltration by mononuclear cells (lymphocytes), neutrophils, and eosinophils. No osteoclastic or foreign body reaction was observed in the vicinity of the implants. µCT analysis revealed a significant increase in bone volume for implants coated with Mg-doped HA compared to uncoated implants.

  11. 100 MeV swift Si{sup 7+} ion induced thermoluminescence studies of nanocrystalline erbium doped ZrO{sub 2}

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    Lokesha, H. S.; Nagabhushana, K. R., E-mail: bhushankr@gmail.com [Department of Physics, PES Institute of Technology, 100 ft Ring Road, BSK 3" r" d Stage, Bangalore-560085 (India); Singh, Fouran [Inter University Accelerator Centre, P.O. Box No. 10502, New Delhi-110067 (India)

    2015-06-24

    Pure and erbium (1mol%) doped nanocrystalline ZrO{sub 2} is synthesized by combustion technique. Thermoluminescence (TL) properties ZrO{sub 2}pellets annealed at 873 K and irradiated by 100 MeV swift Si{sup 7+} ion for various fluence are recorded. The evolution crystalline structure and crystallite size are done using by XRD data. Two TL glow curves, a well resolved one peak at ∼420 K and an unresolved with peak at ∼598 K are observed. TL intensity increases up to 3×10{sup 12} ions cm{sup −2} beyond which the TL intensity decreases. The glow peak shape method is used to calculate the TL trap parameter and discussed in this paper.

  12. Light emission from conductive paths in nanocrystalline CdSe embedded Zr-doped HfO{sub 2} high-k stack

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    Lin, Chi-Chou; Kuo, Yue [Thin Film Nano and Microelectronics Research Laboratory, Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A and M University, College Station, Texas 77843-3122 (United States)

    2015-03-23

    Electrical and optical properties of the solid state incandescent light emitting devices made of zirconium doped hafnium oxide high-k films with and without an embedded nanocrystalline CdSe layer on the p-type Si wafer have been studied. The broad band white light was emitted from nano sized conductive paths through the thermal excitation mechanism. Conductive paths formed from the dielectric breakdown have been confirmed from scanning electron microscopic and atomic force microscopic images and the secondary ion mass spectrometric elemental profiles. Si was diffused from the wafer to the device surface through the conductive path during the high temperature light emission process. There are many potential applications of this type of device.

  13. Biological applications of nanocrystalline diamond

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    Williams, Oliver; Daenen, Michael; Haenen, Ken

    2007-01-01

    Nanocrystalline diamond films have generated substantial interest in recent years due to their low cost, extreme properties and wide application arena. Diamond is chemically inert, has a wide electrochemical window and is stable in numerous harsh environments. Nanocrystalline diamond has the advantage of being readily grown on a variety of substrates at very low thickness, resulting in smooth conformal coatings with high transparency. These films can be doped from highly insulating to metalli...

  14. Facile green synthesis of silver doped fluor-hydroxyapatite/β-cyclodextrin nanocomposite in the dual acting fluorine-containing ionic liquid medium for bone substitute applications

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    Jegatheeswaran, S. [Advanced Green Chemistry Lab, Department of Industrial Chemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, Alagappa University, Karaikudi-3, Tamil Nadu (India); Selvam, S. [Laser and Sensor Application Laboratory, Pusan National University, Busan 609735 (Korea, Republic of); Sri Ramkumar, V. [Deptartment of Environmental Biotechnology, School of Environmental, Sciences, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu (India); Sundrarajan, M., E-mail: sundrarajan@yahoo.com [Advanced Green Chemistry Lab, Department of Industrial Chemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, Alagappa University, Karaikudi-3, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2016-05-15

    Highlights: • Fluorine based ionic liquid was highly influenced the morphological structure of nanocomposites. • These composites has been motivated controlled release of silver nanoparticles for uniform antibacterial activity. • These material has given excellent antibacterial biofilm activity and favourable cytotoxical behavior on the human osteosarcoma (MG-63) cells. • These material has been highly suitable for bone substitute appliactions. - Abstract: A novel green route has approached for the synthesis of silver doped fluor-hydroxyapatite/β-cyclodextrin composite by the assistance of fluorine-based ionic liquid. The selected [BMIM]BF{sub 4} ionic liquid for this work plays a dual role as fluoride source and templating agent. It helps to improve the crystalline structures and the shape of the composites. The crystallinity, surface morphology, topographical studies of the synthesized composite were validated. The XRD results of the composite show typical Ag reflection peaks at 38.1°, 44.2° and 63.4°. The ionic liquid assisted composite displayed the hexagonal shaped HA particles, which are surrounded by spherical nano-Ag particles and these particles are uniformly dispersed in the β-cyclodextrin matrix in both horizontal and cross sections from surface morphology observations. The Ionic liquid assisted silver doped fluor-hydroxyapatite/β-cyclodextrin composite exhibited very good antibacterial activities against Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi, Klebsiella pneumonia and Serratia liquefaciens pathogens. The antibacterial proficiencies were established using Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopic developed biofilms images and bacterial growth curve analysis. The cytotoxicity results of the ionic liquid assisted composite analyzed by cell proliferation in vitro studies using human osteosarcoma cell line (MG-63) and this study has shown excellent biocompatibility.

  15. Low-toxic Mn-doped ZnSe@ZnS quantum dots conjugated with nano-hydroxyapatite for cell imaging

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    Zhou, Ronghui; Li, Mei; Wang, Shanling; Wu, Peng; Wu, Lan; Hou, Xiandeng

    2014-11-01

    Fluorescent bio-imaging has received significant attention in a myriad of research disciplines, and QDs are playing an increasingly important role in these areas. Doped QDs, an important alternative to conventional heavy metal-containing QDs are employed for biomedical applications. However, since QDs are exogenous substances to the biological environment, the biocompatibility of QDs is expected to be challenging in some cases. Herein, nano fluorine-doped hydroxyapatite (FAp, a well-known biocompatible material) was introduced to endow biocompatibility to Cd-free Mn-doped ZnSe@ZnS QDs. Thus, a nano-FAp-QD conjugate was developed and the biocompatibility, as well as potential cell imaging application, was investigated. To construct the proposed conjugate, Cd-free highly luminescent Mn-doped ZnSe@ZnS QDs and monodispersed nano-FAp were first prepared in high-temperature organic media. For facilitating the conjugation, hydrophobic nano-FAp was made water soluble via o-phosphoethanolamine (PEA) coating, which further provides conjugating sites for QDs to anchor. Cytotoxicity studies indicated the developed conjugate indeed possesses good compatibility and low toxicity to cells. The nano-FAp-QDs conjugate was successfully employed for cancer cell staining for at least 24 h, demonstrating the potential usefulness of this material in future biomedical research.Fluorescent bio-imaging has received significant attention in a myriad of research disciplines, and QDs are playing an increasingly important role in these areas. Doped QDs, an important alternative to conventional heavy metal-containing QDs are employed for biomedical applications. However, since QDs are exogenous substances to the biological environment, the biocompatibility of QDs is expected to be challenging in some cases. Herein, nano fluorine-doped hydroxyapatite (FAp, a well-known biocompatible material) was introduced to endow biocompatibility to Cd-free Mn-doped ZnSe@ZnS QDs. Thus, a nano-FAp-QD conjugate

  16. Crystal structure and photoluminescence correlations in white emitting nanocrystalline ZrO{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} phosphor: Effect of doping and annealing

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    Dhiren Meetei, S. [Department of Physics, Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal 795003 (India); Dorendrajit Singh, S., E-mail: dorendrajit@yahoo.co.in [Department of Physics, Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal 795003 (India); Shanta Singh, N. [Department of Physics, Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal 795003 (India); Sudarsan, V., E-mail: vsudar@barc.gov.in [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Ningthoujam, R.S., E-mail: rsn@barc.gov.in [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Tyagi, M.; Gadkari, S.C. [Technical Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Tewari, R. [Material Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Vatsa, R.K. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India)

    2012-02-15

    White emitting nanocrystalline ZrO{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} phosphors were synthesized by a simple precipitation route without using a capping agent. X-ray diffraction (XRD) study of ZrO{sub 2} and ZrO{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+}samples revealed the presence of monoclinic and tetragonal phases. The monoclinic phase increases with increase in the annealing temperature while the tetragonal phase increases with increase in the concentration of Eu{sup 3+}. This can be attributed to the presence of oxygen vacancy evolved when Zr{sup 4+} is replaced by Eu{sup 3+}. Photoluminescence (PL) emission peaks of Eu{sup 3+} are observed at 591, 596, 606 and 613 nm on monitoring excitation wavelengths at 250, 286, 394 and 470 nm. The peaks at 591 and 606 nm were found to correlate with the tetragonal phase and those at 596 and 613 nm with the monoclinic phase. Intensities of these peaks are found to change as the crystal structure changes. The lifetime value corresponding to 591 nm peak increases with Eu{sup 3+} concentration at a particular heating temperature indicating increase of tetragonal phase with respect to monoclinic phase. The CIE co-ordinates of the doped samples were found to be close to that of white color (0.33, 0.33). The changes in the crystal structure of the doped samples due to doping and annealing did not affect the white color emission. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Both the tetragonal and monoclinic phases of ZrO{sub 2} are obtained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer With the increase of doping concentration, the presence of tetragonal phase increases. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Crystalline phase of ZrO{sub 2} changes to tetragonal phase with Eu{sup 3+} concentration ({<=}10%). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The samples give white emission.

  17. Electric modulus formalism and electrical transport property of ball mill synthesized nanocrystalline Mn doped ZrO{sub 2} solid solution

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    Saha, S. [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, Burdwan 713209, West Bengal (India); Nandy, A. [Department of Physics, The University of Burdwan, Golapbag, Burdwan 713104, West Bengal (India); Meikap, A.K., E-mail: meikapnitd@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, Burdwan 713209, West Bengal (India); Pradhan, S.K. [Department of Physics, The University of Burdwan, Golapbag, Burdwan 713104, West Bengal (India)

    2015-12-15

    Here we report the formation of Mn doped nanocrystalline ZrO{sub 2} solid solution synthesized by high energy ball-milling method and the transport mechanism in the temperature range 298 Kdoping percentage increases. Complex electric modulus study shows low frequency region approaches to ideal Debye type behaviour while the high frequency side deviates. Alternating current conductivity is found to follow the power law σ‘(f,T)∝f{sup s}T{sup n.} A transformation from small polaron hopping to correlated barrier hopping has been observed from the temperature dependence frequency exponent study. The contribution of grain boundary resistance is found to be dominating over the grain resistance in the ac conduction process.

  18. Preparation of nanocrystalline Ni doped ZnS thin films by ammonia-free chemical bath deposition method and optical properties

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    Sahraei, Reza, E-mail: r.sahraei@ilam.ac.ir; Darafarin, Soraya

    2014-05-01

    Nanocrystalline Ni doped ZnS thin films were deposited on quartz, silicon, and glass substrates using chemical bath deposition method in a weak acidic solution containing ethylenediamine tetra acetic acid disodium salt (Na{sub 2}EDTA) as a complexing agent for zinc ions and thioacetamide (TAA) as a sulfide source at 80 °C. The films were characterized by energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), Fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), ultraviolet–visible spectrophotometry, and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. UV–vis transmission data showed that the films were transparent in the visible region. The X-ray diffraction analysis showed a cubic zinc blend structure. FE-SEM revealed a homogeneous morphology and dense nanostructures. The PL spectra of the ZnS:Ni films showed two characteristic bands, one broad band centered at 430 and another narrow band at 523 nm. Furthermore, concentration quenching effect on the photoluminescence intensity has been observed. - Highlights: • Nanocrystalline ZnS:Ni thin films were prepared by the chemical bath deposition method. • The size of ZnS:Ni nanocrystals was less than 10 nm showing quantum size effect. • SEM images demonstrated a dense and uniform surface that was free of pinholes. • The deposited films were highly transparent (>70%) in the visible region. • The PL spectra of ZnS:Ni thin films showed two emission peaks at 430 and 523 nm.

  19. Effects of Li doping on structural, electronic, optical and magnetic properties of Fe0.04Zn0.96O nanocrystalline samples

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    Ahmed, Md. A.; Nasir, Mohd; Yadav, A. K.; Banerjee, A.; Bandyopadhyay, S.

    2017-02-01

    Sol-gel synthesized nanocrystalline samples of LixFe0.04Zn0.96-xO (x = 0.0, 0.02, 0.04 and 0.06) have been investigated through X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES), UV-visible absorption spectroscopy and magnetic measurements. First three samples, i.e., x = 0.0, 0.02 and 0.04, have been found to possess an impurity phase of ZnFe2O4. As determined from the Rietveld analysis, the presence of ZnFe2O4 phase has decreased on Li doping and for x = 0.06, it is negligibly small. XANES analysis shows that the majority of Fe ions is in Fe3+ state. From the UV-visible spectroscopy, the energy band gap (Eg) of pure ZnO has been estimated to be 3.064 eV, whereas on Fe doping Eg has increased. No significant change in Eg due to Li doping has been observed. Magnetization measurements have revealed that the samples containing ZnFe2O4 (x = 0.0, 0.02 and 0.04) phase exhibit strong ferromagnetic spin-glass behaviour at low temperature and a weak ferromagnetic ordering at the room temperature. However, the sample with x = 0.06 does not show any significant ferromagnetic ordering in the temperature range of 2-300 K. The observed magnetic ordering and spin-glass behaviour in first three samples have been attributed to the impurity phase of ZnFe2O4.

  20. Biphasic Polyurethane/Polylactide Sponges Doped with Nano-Hydroxyapatite (nHAp Combined with Human Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stromal Stem Cells for Regenerative Medicine Applications

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    Krzysztof Marycz

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Cartilage and bone tissue injuries are common targets in regenerative medicine. The degeneration of cartilage tissue results in tissue loss with a limited ability to regenerate. However, the application of mesenchymal stem cells in the course of such condition makes it possible to manage this disorder by improving the structure of the remaining tissue and even stimulating its regeneration. Nevertheless, in the case of significant tissue loss, standard local injection of cell suspensions is insufficient, due to the low engraftment of transplanted cells. Introduction of mesenchymal stem cells on the surface of a compatible biomaterial can be a promising tool for inducing the regeneration by both retaining the cells at the desired site and filling the tissue gap. In order to obtain such a cell-biomaterial hybrid, we developed complex, biphasic polymer blend biomaterials composed of various polyurethane (PU-to-polylactide (PLA ratios, and doped with different concentrations of nano-hydroxyapatite (nHAp. We have determined the optimal blend composition and nano-hydroxyapatite concentration for adipose mesenchymal stem cells cultured on the biomaterial. We applied biological in vitro techniques, including cell viability assay, determination of oxidative stress factors level, osteogenic and chondrogenic differentiation potentials as well as cell proteomic analysis. We have shown that the optimal composition of biphasic scaffold was 20:80 of PU:PLA with 20% of nHAp for osteogenic differentiation, and 80:20 of PU:PLA with 10% of nHAp for chondrogenic differentiation, which suggest the optimal composition of final biphasic implant for regenerative medicine applications.

  1. Thermoluminescent characteristics of nano-structure hydroxyapatite:Dy

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    Ziaie, F. [Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Radiation Application Research School; Moein, N. Farhadi [Islamic Azad Univ. (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Central Tehran Branch; Shafaei, M. [Islamic Azad Univ. (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Science and Research Branch

    2014-12-15

    The thermoluminescence response of Dysprosium doped hydroxyapatite samples with different mol percentage of 0.5, 1 and 2 were studied and compared with the pure hydroxyapatite. The samples were objected to {sup 60}Co gamma rays irradiation with doses of 100 mGy to 10 Gy. The main peak in the sample glow curves were obtained at 310 C. The sensitivity of the 1 mol% Dy doped hydroxyapatite samples show the highest thermoluminescence response. Fading behavior of the irradiated samples was also studied. The experimental results show that the synthetic Dy-doped hydroxyapatite obtained by the hydrolysis method may be used in gamma radiation dosimetry.

  2. Influence of the zinc and manganese doping on the kinetics of resorption of a hydroxyapatite implant and study on matrix effects in the used P.I.X.E. nuclear method; Influence du dopage en zinc et en manganese sur la cinetique de resorption d`un implant d`hydroxyapatite et etude des effets de matrice dans la methode nucleaire P.I.X.E. utilisee

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    Jallot, E.

    1997-01-16

    In this work we study hydroxyapatite, hydroxyapatite doped with zinc or manganese and the compound of 75% hydroxyapatite, 25% tricalcic phosphate. The ceramics were implanted in the cortical femur of sheep. The global evolution of mineral concentrations in the implants with the time after implantation was studied by neutronic radioactivation. We studied matrix effects in P.I.X.E. (Particles Induced X-rays Emission) with Alpha parameter method. By measurements at two different energies, we determine a correction factor of the slowing down of incident protons and of the X rays absorption in matrix. So, the P.I.X.E. analysis allow us a scanning of mineral concentrations at the bone-implant interface at different time after implantation. The transformation of the hydroxyapatite matrix has been studied by X-rays by X-rays diffraction. (author).

  3. Effects of Technical Conditions on Structure, Morphology and Crystalline Size of Nanocrystalline Nd-Doped Ceria Powders

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    Gao Yong; Wang Lingling; Liu Huangqing

    2004-01-01

    Nanocrystalline solid solution CeO2-Nd2O3 powders were prepared by low temperature combustion process.Special attention was paid to the influence of the glycine/metal ratio and calcination temperature on the powders phase structure, morphology and particle size.TG-DSC curves and XRD peaks of different glycine/metal ratio show that smaller particle size can be obtained with a slightly fuel-deficient ratio.XRD results indicate that the as-prepared powders are crystallized in a single fluorite structure.The crystalline size ranges from 9 to 24 nm, which increases with the increase of calcination temperature.The lower SEM images were characterized by the spongy and form-like microstructure of the powders.Organic agent may be gradually eliminated by high temperature calcination process.

  4. CeO2 nanocrystallines ensemble-on-nitrogen-doped graphene nanocomposites: one-pot, rapid synthesis and excellent electrocatalytic activity for enzymatic biosensing.

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    Du, Xiaojiao; Jiang, Ding; Chen, Saibo; Dai, Liming; Zhou, Lei; Hao, Nan; You, Tianyou; Mao, Hanping; Wang, Kun

    2017-03-15

    Ceria nanomaterials for heterogeneous catalysis have attracted much attention due to their excellent properties and have been extensively applied in recent years. But the poor electron conductivity and the aggregation behavior severely affect their electrocatalytic performances. In this paper, we prepared a novel catalyst based on CeO2 nanocrystallines (CeO2 NCs) ensemble-on-nitrogen-doped graphene (CeO2-NG) nanocomposites through a one-step heat-treatment without the need of the precursor. The results confirmed that the high dispersion of CeO2 NCs with the uniform size distribution of about 5nm on the surface of nitrogen-doped graphene (NG) sheets could be easily obtained via the one-step procedure and the resultant CeO2-NG nanocomposites were an excellent electrode material possessing outstanding electrochemical features for electron transfer. Luminol, an important electroactive substance, was further chosen to inspect the electrocatalytic properties of the as-prepared CeO2-NG nanocomposites. The studies showed that the presence of the NG in CeO2-NG nanocomposites could facilitate the electrochemical redox process of luminol. Compared with pristine CeO2 NCs, the synthesized CeO2-NG nanocomposites can enhance the electrochemiluminescence (ECL) intensity by 3.3-fold and decrease the onset ECL potential for about 72mV in the neutral condition. Employing above superiority, selecting cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) as the model oxidase, a facile ECL method for cholesterol detection with the CeO2-NG nanocomposites as the matrix to immobilize enzyme ChOx was developed. The results demonstrated CeO2-NG nanocomposites exhibited excellent performances in terms of sensitivity and catalytic activities, indicating that NG-based nanomaterials have great promise in electrocatalytic and enzymatic biosensing fields.

  5. Influence of substrate temperature on certain physical properties and antibacterial activity of nanocrystalline Ag-doped In$_2$O$_3$ thin films

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    P DEEPA; P PHILOMINATHAN

    2016-12-01

    Nanocrystalline Ag-doped indium oxide (AIO) thin films, by employing a much simplified spray pyrolysis technique in different substrate temperatures (300, 350, 400 and 450$\\deg$ C), were fabricated for the first time. The deposited films were subjected to various characterization studies, to explore certain features like the influence of various deposition temperatures on physical and antibacterial properties. XRD results showed that all the samples exhibited preferential orientation along the (2 2 2) plane. The variation in the crystalline size with increasing substrate temperature was explained on the basis of the Zener pinning effect. The electrical sheet resistance ($R_{sh}$) was found to decrease sharply with increasing substrate temperature and attained a minimum value (62$\\Omega$/$\\square$) at 400$\\deg$C and then started increasing for higher deposition temperatures. Further, PL emission spectra of the samples in the visible range ascertained the possibility of applicability of the same in nanoscale optoelectronic devices. From the studies, it was found that at 400.C deposition temperature, one could expect better antibacterial efficiency against {\\it Escherichia coli}. The influence of the shape and size of AIO nanograins on the antibacterial activity was analysed using scanning electron microscopy images.

  6. Luminescence properties of dual valence Eu doped nano-crystalline BaF2 embedded glass-ceramics and observation of Eu2+ → Eu3+ energy transfer.

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    Biswas, Kaushik; Sontakke, Atul D; Sen, R; Annapurna, K

    2012-03-01

    Europium doped glass-ceramics containing BaF(2) nano-crystals have been prepared by using the controlled crystallization of melt-quenched glasses. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy have confirmed the presence of cubic BaF(2) nano-crystalline phase in glass matrix in the ceramized samples. Incorporation of rare earth ions into the formed crystalline phase having low phonon energy of 346 cm(-1) has been demonstrated from the emission spectra of Eu(3+) ions showing the transitions from upper excitation states (5)D(J) (J = 1, 2, and 3) to ground states for the glass-ceramics samples. The presence of divalent europium ions in glass and glass-ceramics samples is confirmed from the dominant blue emission corresponding to its 5d-4f transition under an excitation of 300 nm. Increase in the reduction of trivalent europium (Eu(3+)) ions to divalent (Eu(2+)) with the extent of ceramization is explained by charge compensation model based on substitution defect mechanisms. Further, the phenomenon of energy transfer from Eu(2+) to Eu(3+) ion by radiative trapping or re-absorption is evidenced which increases with the degree of ceramization. For the first time, the reduction of Eu(3+) to Eu(2+) under normal air atmospheric condition has been observed in a BaF(2) containing oxyfluoride glass-ceramics system.

  7. The synergistic effect of micro/nano-structured and Cu(2+)-doped hydroxyapatite particles to promote osteoblast viability and antibacterial activity.

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    Shi, Feng; Liu, Yumei; Zhi, Wei; Xiao, Dongqin; Li, Hongyu; Duan, Ke; Qu, Shuxin; Weng, Jie

    2017-06-06

    Microstructure and chemical constitution are important factors affecting the biological activity of biomaterials. This study aimed to fabricate hydroxyapatite (HAp) particles with both micro/nanohybrid structure and Cu(2+) doping to promote osteogenic differentiation and antibacterial property. In the presence of inositol hexakisphosphate (IP6), micro/nano-structured and Cu(2+)-doped HAp (HAp-IP6-Cu) microspheres were successfully fabricated via hydrothermal method. Morphological observation showed that HAp-IP6-Cu microspheres with a diameter of 3.1-4.1 μm were chrysanthemum-like and composed of nano-flakes approximately 50 nm in thickness. Compared with the HAp micro-rods or IP6 modified HAp (HAp-IP6) microspheres, HAp-IP6-Cu microspheres had a larger specific surface area, better hydrophilicity and stronger ability to adsorb bovine serum albumin. To evaluate the synergistic effects of micro/nanohybrid structure and Cu(2+) on cell behavior, rat calvarial osteoblasts (RCOs) were cultured on HAp-IP6-Cu, HAp-IP6 and HAp layers as well as their extracts, respectively. Results demonstrated that HAp-IP6-Cu layer promoted the adhesion, proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of RCOs. The cells grew on HAp-IP6-Cu and HAp-IP6 layers exhibited greater spreading than those on HAp layer. In addition, quantitative test by the agar disk diffusion technique found that HAp-IP6-Cu microspheres were effectively against S taphylococcus aureus and E scherichia coli. These results demonstrated that HAp-IP6-Cu microspheres may be a potential candidate as a bioactive and anti-infective biomaterial for bone regeneration.

  8. Surface polyPEGylation of Eu3+ doped luminescent hydroxyapatite nanorods through the combination of ligand exchange and metal free surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization

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    Zeng, Guangjian; Liu, Meiying; Heng, Chunning; Huang, Qiang; Mao, Liucheng; Huang, Hongye; Hui, Junfeng; Deng, Fengjie; Zhang, Xiaoyong; Wei, Yen

    2017-03-01

    The Eu3+ doped luminescent hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanorods with uniform size and morphology can be synthesized by hydrothermal route. However, these HAp nanorods are coated by hydrophobic oleylamine, which makes them difficult to be dispersed in aqueous solution and impede their biomedical applications. In this work, Eu3+ doped luminescent polymers functionalized HAp nanorods were prepared through the combination of ligand exchange reaction and metal free surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) method. In this procedure, the amino group functionalized HAp nanorods were first prepared by ligand exchange reaction using adenosine monophosphate (AMP) as ligand. Then the Br-containing initiators (HAp-Br) were introduced onto the surface of HAp-AMP nanorods through the amidation reaction. Finally, polymers functionalized HAp nanorods were prepared by metal free ATRP method using poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate (PEGMA) as monomer and 10-phenylphenothiazine (PTH) as organic photocatalyst. The properties of these obtained HAp nanocomposites (HAP-polyPEGMA nanorods) were characterized by means of transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis in detail. The cell imaging of these HAP-polyPEGMA nanorods was examined using laser scanning confocal microscope to evaluate their biomedical applications. We demonstrated for the first time that hydrophobic luminescent HAp nanorods can be functionalized with polyPEGMA through the combination of ligand exchange reaction and metal free surface initiated ATRP. As compared with the traditional ATRP, the metal free ATRP can overcome the toxic and fluorescence quenching effects of metal catalysts such as copper ions. More importantly, the strategy described in this work should also be utilized for fabrications of many other luminescent polymer nanocomposites due to its good monomer adoptability.

  9. In vitro antibacterial evaluation of sol-gel-derived Zn-, Ag-, and (Zn + Ag)-doped hydroxyapatite coatings against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Samani, S; Hossainalipour, S M; Tamizifar, M; Rezaie, H R

    2013-01-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAp) coatings were applied using sol-gel method. Phosphor pentoxide and calcium nitrate were used as phosphorous and calcium precursors, respectively. Zinc nitrate and silver nitrate were used as substitute of calcium in HAp structure. As a base concentration, 1.5 wt %Ag and 2.5 wt %Zn were used. The weight percent of Ag was increased at 0.3 wt% and Zn content was scaled down at 0.5 wt%. Phase analysis and chemical bonds of synthesized materials were studied by XRD and FTIR. Antibacterial activity of Ag- and Zn-doped samples against methicilin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) were assessed by the plate-counting method. The XRD and FTIR results proved formation of HAp compound. Colony counting showed that silver and zinc ions prevent proliferation and growth of MRSA. Interestingly, co-presence of metal ions improves the antibacterial effectiveness of the coatings and the combined effect was greater than sum of the individual effects when each was administered alone. Overall, synergism between antibacterial activities of Zn(2+) and Ag(+) ions against MRSA can be suggested. Thus, cell toxicity decreases and biocompatibility increases without any decrement in antibacterial activity.

  10. Towards the Design of 3D Fiber-Deposited Poly(ε-caprolactone)/lron-Doped Hydroxyapatite Nanocomposite Magnetic Scaffolds for Bone Regeneration.

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    De Santis, Roberta; Russo, Alessandro; Gloria, Antonio; D'Amora, Ugo; Russo, Teresa; Panseri, Silvia; Sandri, Monica; Tampieri, Anna; Marcacci, Maurilio; Dediu, Valentin A; Wilde, Colin J; Ambrosio, Luigi

    2015-07-01

    In the past few years, researchers have focused on the design and development of three-dimensional (3D) advanced scaffolds, which offer significant advantages in terms of cell performance. The introduction of magnetic features into scaffold technology could offer innovative opportunities to control cell populations within 3D microenvironments, with the potential to enhance their use in tissue regeneration or in cell-based analysis. In the present study, 3D fully biodegradable and magnetic nanocomposite scaffolds for bone tissue engineering, consisting of a poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) matrix reinforced with iron-doped hydroxyapatite (FeHA) nanoparticles, were designed and manufactured using a rapid prototyping technique. The performances of these novel 3D PCL/FeHA scaffolds were assessed through a combination of theoretical evaluation, experimental in vitro analyses and in vivo testing in a rabbit animal model. The results from mechanical com- pression tests were consistent with FEM simulations. The in vitro results showed that the cell growth in the magnetized scaffolds was 2.2-fold greater than that in non-magnetized ones. In vivo experiments further suggested that, after only 4 weeks, the PCL/FeHA scaffolds were completely filled with newly formed bone, proving a good level of histocompatibility. All of the results suggest that the introduction of magnetic features into biocompatible materials may confer significant advantages in terms of 3D cell assembly.

  11. Photo catalytic degradation of nitrobenzene using nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} photo catalyst doped with Zn ions

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    Reynoso S, E. A.; Perez S, S.; Reyes C, A. P.; Castro R, C. L.; Felix N, R. M.; Lin H, S. W. [Instituto Tecnologico de Tijuana, Centro de Graduados e Investigacion, Apdo. Postal 1166, 22000 Tijuana, Baja California (Mexico); Paraguay D, F. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados, Apdo. Postal 311109, Chihuahua (Mexico); Alonso N, G. [UNAM, Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnologia, Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada Km 107, Apdo. Postal 356, 22800 Ensenada, Baja California (Mexico)

    2013-07-01

    Photo catalysis is a method widely used in the degradation of organic pollutants of the environment. The development of new materials is very important to improve the photo catalytic properties and to find new applications for TiO{sub 2} as a photo catalyst. In this article we reported the synthesis of a photo catalyst based on TiO{sub 2} doped with Zn{sup 2+} ions highly efficient in the degradation of nitrobenzene. The results of photo catalytic activity experiments showed that the Zn{sup 2+} doped TiO{sub 2} is more active that un-doped TiO{sub 2} catalyst with an efficiency of 99% for the nitrobenzene degradation at 120 min with an apparent rate constant of 35 x 10{sup -3} min{sup -1}. For the characterization of photo catalyst X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy were used. (Author)

  12. Doped nanocrystalline silicon oxide for use as (intermediate) reflecting layers in thin-film silicon solar cells

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    Babal, P.

    2014-01-01

    In summary, this thesis shows the development and nanostructure analysis of doped silicon oxide layers. These layers are applied in thin-film silicon single and double junction solar cells. Concepts of intermediate reflectors (IR), consisting of silicon and/or zinc oxide, are applied in tandem cells

  13. Enhancement of soft magnetic properties of La-Zn co-doped nanocrystalline Ni2Y hexaferrite

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    Hosseinkhan Nejad, Ehsan; Farzin, Yousef Alizad; Heydari, Mohammad Ali

    2017-02-01

    The La-Zn substituted nanocrystalline Sr2-xLaxNi2Fe12-xZnxO22 (with x=0.0, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7, 0.8 and 0.9) hexaferrites were prepared using sol-gel auto-combustion method to investigate the microstructure and magnetic properties. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) spectra showed two main absorption bands at 429 and 594 cm-1 corresponding to the stretching and vibration of tetrahedral and octahedral groups in S blocks. The X-ray diffraction pattern confirmed the phase formation of Y-type hexaferrite with R-3 m space group which also provided the lattice constants and crystallite sizes of each product. Furthermore, the crystallite size (D) was found to be in the range of 31.4-43.1 nm. Field emission electron microscopy (FESEM) images confirmed that the grain size was reduced from 600 to 150 nm due to the increase of dopant cations and, subsequently, caused soft magnetic properties to improve. By performing a thorough investigation on the M-H hysteresis loops, it was found that the magnetization first increased up to x=0.7 and then decreased, while coercivity monotonously decreased from 1313 to 569 Oe. This behavior can be attributed to the migration of Fe3+ ions from spin-down to spin-up, local strains, deviation of spin arrangement and strength of superexchange interactions.

  14. Effect of Zn doping on optical properties and photoconductivity of SnS2 nanocrystalline thin films

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    R Etefagh; N Shahtahmasebi; M Karimipour

    2013-06-01

    Zn-doped SnS2 thin films have been deposited simply by spray pyrolysis technique. The doping level was changed from [Zn/Sn] = 0 to 7.5 at%. The films were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), photoluminescence and UV-Vis spectroscopy. XRD patterns of the films with different zinc contents show that all samples have polycrystalline structure with Berndtite dominant phase and preferred orientation of (001) growth plane. Zn insertion causes a significant decrease in grain size. Optical bandgap of the films have been calculated for different dopant concentrations and they lie in the region of 2.3–2.7 eV. Surprisingly, regardless of doping level, the luminescent properties of films are related to the fundamental bandgap energy and deep levels inside the bandgap. Photoconductivity of the films have been measured under visible light. Sensitivity to the light increases by zinc incorporation, which was a large amount for SnS2:Zn of 7.5%.

  15. Phosphates nanoparticles doped with zinc and manganese for sunscreens

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    Araujo, T.S. de, E-mail: tatiana.araujo@ifs.edu.br [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Sergipe (Brazil); Instituto Federal de Ciencias e Tecnologia de Sergipe, Sergipe (Brazil); Souza, S.O. de [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Sergipe (Brazil); Miyakawa, W. [Divisao de Fotonica - Instituto de Estudos Avancados, Sao Jose dos Campos (Brazil); Sousa, E.M.B. de [Centro de Desenvolvimento de Tecnologia Nuclear - CDTN/CNEN, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

    2010-12-01

    The crescent number of skin cancer worldwide gives impulse to the development of sunscreen that can both prevent skin cancer and also permit gradual tanning. In this work, the synthesis of hydroxyapatite and tricalcium phosphate nanocrystalline powders was investigated in order to obtain materials with optical properties and appropriate size for sunscreen. Pure, Zn{sup 2+}-doped and Mn{sup 2+}-doped hydroxyapatite (HAP) and tricalcium phosphate ({beta}-TCP) were produced by the wet precipitation process using diammonium phosphate, calcium nitrate, ammonium hydroxide, zinc nitrate and manganese nitrate as reagents. The pure and doped HAP precipitates were calcined at 500 deg. C for 1 h, while the {beta}-TCP (pure and doped) were calcined at 800 deg. C for 2 h. The powder samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDX), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and ultraviolet (UV)-vis spectroscopy. XRD and EDX showed the formation of the expected materials (HAP and {beta}-TCP) without toxic components. AFM micrographs showed aggregated ellipsoidal particles with dimensions smaller than 120 nm. Optical absorption spectra showed that the calcium phosphate produced in this work absorbs in the UV region. The obtained materials presented structural, morphological and optical properties that allow their use as the active centers in sunscreens.

  16. Nanocrystalline Pt-doped TiO2 thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis for hydrogen gas detection

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    Lalchand A Patil; Dinesh N Suryawanshi; Idris G Pathan; Dhanashri G Patil

    2014-05-01

    Nanostructured pure and Pt-doped TiO2 thin films were prepared by chemical spray pyrolysis technique. Aqueous solution of TiCl3.6H2O (0.01 M) was chosen as the starting solution for the preparation of pure TiO2 thin film. Aqueous solutions of PtCl6.6H2O (0.01 M) and TiCl3.6H2O (0.01 M) were mixed in volume % of 1 : 99, 2.5 : 97.5 and 5 : 95 respectively to obtain Pt-doped TiO2 thin films. The solutions were sprayed onto quartz substrate heated at 350 °C temperature to obtain the films. These thin films were fired for one hour at 550 °C. The sensing performance of these films was tested for various gases such as LPG, H2, CO2, ethanol, NH3 and Cl2 (1000 ppm). The Pt-doped TiO2 (1 : 99) was observed to be most sensitive (572) to H2 at 400 °C with high selectivity against other gases. Its response time was short (10 s) and recovery was also fast (14 s). To understand the reasons behind the gas-sensing performance of the films, their structural and micro-structral properties were studied using X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy (FE–SEM and TEM), respectively. Thicknesses of all these samples were determined using Surface Profiler. The results are interpreted.

  17. Deposition of nanostructured fluorine-doped hydroxyapatite-polycaprolactone duplex coating to enhance the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of Mg alloy for biomedical applications.

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    Bakhsheshi-Rad, H R; Hamzah, E; Kasiri-Asgarani, M; Jabbarzare, S; Iqbal, N; Abdul Kadir, M R

    2016-03-01

    The present study addressed the synthesis of a bi-layered nanostructured fluorine-doped hydroxyapatite (nFHA)/polycaprolactone (PCL) coating on Mg-2Zn-3Ce alloy via a combination of electrodeposition (ED) and dip-coating methods. The nFHA/PCL composite coating is composed of a thick (70-80 μm) and porous layer of PCL that uniformly covered the thin nFHA film (8-10 μm) with nanoneedle-like microstructure and crystallite size of around 70-90 nm. Electrochemical measurements showed that the nFHA/PCL composite coating presented a high corrosion resistance (R(p)=2.9×10(3) kΩ cm(2)) and provided sufficient protection for a Mg substrate against galvanic corrosion. The mechanical integrity of the nFHA/PCL composite coatings immersed in SBF for 10 days showed higher compressive strength (34% higher) compared with the uncoated samples, indicating that composite coatings can delay the loss of compressive strength of the Mg alloy. The nFHA/PCL coating indicted better bonding strength (6.9 MPa) compared to PCL coating (2.2 MPa). Immersion tests showed that nFHA/PCL composite-coated alloy experienced much milder corrosion attack and more nucleation sites for apatite compared with the PCL coated and uncoated samples. The bi-layered nFHA/PCL coating can be a good alternative method for the control of corrosion degradation of biodegradable Mg alloy for implant applications.

  18. Investigation of structural and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Mn-doped SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} prepared by proteic sol–gel process

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    Silva, W.M.S., E-mail: waldsonmarceloss@yahoo.com.br [Physics Department, Federal University of Sergipe, São Cristóvão 49100-000 (Brazil); Ferreira, N.S. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Amapá, Macapá 68902-280 (Brazil); Soares, J.M.; Silva, R.B. da [Departamento de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio Grande do Norte, Mossoró, RN 59610-210 (Brazil); Macêdo, M.A., E-mail: odecamm@gmail.com [Physics Department, Federal University of Sergipe, São Cristóvão 49100-000 (Brazil)

    2015-12-01

    Nanoparticles of SrFe{sub 12-x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 19} (x=0.0 and 0.10) were synthesized by a proteic sol–gel process. Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses (TG–DTA) indicated the formation of nanocrystalline strontium ferrite phase at a calcination temperature of 1000 °C. Structural and microstructural evolutions of the samples were studied by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and the Rietveld method. XRD patterns demonstrated that all samples consisted of single-phase M-type strontium hexaferrite. The crystal lattice constant did not change significantly with manganese substitution, ranging from 0.5877(3) nm (x=0.0) to 0.5876(3) nm (x=1.0). In addition, the average crystallite size, which was determined from the Williamson–Hall formula, was about 46.4–52.6 nm. Infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) showed the presence of three principal absorption bands in the frequency ranges around 435–535 cm{sup −1} and around 595 cm{sup −1}, indicating the formation of the hexaferrite. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that particles consisted of irregular platelets with sizes from 68 to 204 nm. Room-temperature Mössbauer investigations revealed that manganese ions preferentially occupied the 12k, 4f{sub 1}, 4f{sub 2}, and 2a sites. Hysteresis loops (M–H) showed that the saturation magnetization, remanence, and coercivity decreased with manganese doping. This effect is discussed in terms of the distribution of metal cations in the tetrahedral and octahedral sites. - Highlights: • Samples have hexagonal phase with space group P6{sub 3}mmc. • The present samples sintered at 1000 °C for 1 h. • The M{sub s} and the H{sub c} decreased at low doping contente Mn x=0.10. • M-type SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} have been synthesized via the proteic sol–gel process.

  19. Cement from magnesium substituted hydroxyapatite.

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    Lilley, K J; Gbureck, U; Knowles, J C; Farrar, D F; Barralet, J E

    2005-05-01

    Brushite cement may be used as a bone graft material and is more soluble than apatite in physiological conditions. Consequently it is considerably more resorbable in vivo than apatite forming cements. Brushite cement formation has previously been reported by our group following the mixture of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and phosphoric acid. In this study, brushite cement was formed from the reaction of nanocrystalline magnesium-substituted hydroxyapatite with phosphoric acid in an attempt to produce a magnesium substituted brushite cement. The presence of magnesium was shown to have a strong effect on cement composition and strength. Additionally the presence of magnesium in brushite cement was found to reduce the extent of brushite hydrolysis resulting in the formation of HA. By incorporating magnesium ions in the apatite reactant structure the concentration of magnesium ions in the liquid phase of the cement was controlled by the dissolution rate of the apatite. This approach may be used to supply other ions to cement systems during setting as a means to manipulate the clinical performance and characteristics of brushite cements.

  20. Structural analysis of Sm{sup 3+} doped nanocrystalline Mg-Cd ferrites prepared by oxalate co-precipitation method

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    Gadkari, A.B., E-mail: kashokabg@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, GKG College, Kolhapur, 416 012 (India); Shinde, T.J. [Department of Physics, KRP Kanya Mahavidylaya, Isalampur, 415409 (India); Vasambekar, P.N. [Department of Electronic, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, 416 004 (India)

    2009-11-15

    The structural properties of polycrystalline Sm{sup 3+} doped Mg{sub 1} {sub -} {sub x}Cd{sub x} Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0) have been investigated by oxalate co-precipitation method from high purity sulphates. The samples were sintered at 1050 deg. C for a duration of 5 h. The X-ray diffraction measurements confirmed the formation of a cubic spinel structure. The different parameters like lattice constant, X-ray density, physical density, porosity, crystallite size, site radii and bond length on tetrahedral and octahedral sites have been calculated. The lattice constant increases with an increase in Cd{sup 2+} content and shows non linear behavior. The crystallite size was calculated using Scherrer formula and varies from 28.69 to 32.05 nm. Physical densities were obtained by Archimedes principle. The surface morphology studied by scanning electron microscope shows that the grain size of the samples increases with an increase in Cd{sup 2+} content. The IR spectra show two strong absorption bands around 5.87 x 10{sup 4} m{sup -1} and 4.27 x 10{sup 4} m{sup -1} on the tetrahedral and octahedral sites respectively. IR spectra also show that Sm{sup 3+} occupies the octahedral B-site.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of porous hydroxyapatite and hydroxyapatite coatings

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    Nieh, T G; Choi, B W; Jankowski, A F

    2000-10-25

    A technique is developed to construct bulk hydroxyapatite (HAp) with different cellular structures. The technique involves the initial synthesis of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite powder from an aqueous solution using water-soluble compounds and then followed by spray drying into agglomerated granules. The granules were further cold pressed and sintered into bulks at elevated temperatures. The sintering behavior of the HAp granules was characterized and compared with those previously reported. Resulting from the fact that the starting HAp powders were extremely fine, a relatively low activation energy for sintering was obtained. In the present study, both porous and dense structures were produced by varying powder morphology and sintering parameters. Porous structures consisting of open cells were constructed. Sintered structures were characterized using scanning electron microscopy and x-ray tomography. In the present paper, hydroxyapatite coatings produced by magnetron sputtering on silicon and titanium substrates will also be presented. The mechanical properties of the coatings were measured using nanoindentation techniques and microstructures examined using transmission electron microscopy.

  2. On the photo-luminescence properties of sol–gel derived undoped and Dy{sup 3+} ion doped nanocrystalline Scheelite type AMoO{sub 4} (A = Ca, Sr and Ba)

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    Jena, Paramananda [Department of Physics, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry 605014 (India); Gupta, Santosh K., E-mail: santufrnd@gmail.com [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India); Natarajan, V. [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India); Padmaraj, O. [Department of Physics, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry 605014 (India); Satyanarayana, N., E-mail: nallanis2011@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry 605014 (India); Venkateswarlu, M. [R & D Amara Raja Batteries Ltd., Karakambadi 517501, AP (India)

    2015-04-15

    Nanocrystalline Scheelite type Dy doped AMoO{sub 4} [where A = Ba, Sr and Ca] samples were prepared by acrylamide assisted sol–gel process and characterized by XRD, FT-Raman, FTIR, SEM and photoluminescence (PL). PL of undoped sample shows blue/green emission in CaMoO{sub 4} and SrMoO{sub 4} but multicolour visible emission leading to near white light in BaMoO{sub 4} nanoparticles; the origin of which is explained. It was observed that on doping 0.5 mol% of Dy{sup 3+} in molybdate samples complete energy transfer takes place in case of SrMoO{sub 4} and BaMoO{sub 4}, but host contributed substantially in Dy doped BaMoO{sub 4} sample, resulting in biexponential decay. It was also observed that symmetry around Dy{sup 3+} decreases as the size of alkaline earth ion increases. Due to combined blue, yellow and red colour emission in dysprosium doped sample; all samples showed near white light emission under UV and near UV excitation.

  3. Structural elucidation of nanocrystalline biomaterials

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    Maltsev, S.

    2008-10-23

    Bone diseases, such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, are the second most prevalent health problem worldwide. In Germany approximately 5 millions people are affected by arthritis. Investigating biomineralization processes and bone molecular structure is of key importance for developing new drugs for preventing and healing bone diseases. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) was the primary technique used due to its advantages in characterising poorly ordered and disordered materials. Compared to all the diffraction techniques that widely applied in structural investigations, the usefulness of NMR is independent of long range molecular order. This makes NMR an outstanding technique for studies of complex/amorphous materials. Conventional NMR experiments (single pulse, spin-echo, cross polarization (CP), etc.) as well as their modifications and high-end techniques (2D HETCOR, REDOR, etc.) were used in this work. Combining the contributions from different techniques enhances the information content of the investigations and can increase the precision of the overall conclusions. Also XRD, TEM and FTIR were applied to different extent in order to get a general idea of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite crystallite structure. Results: - A new approach named 'Solid-state NMR spectroscopy using the lost I spin magnetization in polarization transfer experiments' has been developed for measuring the transferred I spin magnetization from abundant nuclei, which is normally lost when detecting the S spin magnetization. - A detailed investigation of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite core was made to prove that proton environment of the phosphates units and phosphorus environment of hydroxyl units are the same as in highly crystalline hydroxyapatite sample. - Using XRD it was found that the surface of the hydroxyapatite nanocrystals is not completely disordered, as it was suggested before, but resembles the hydroxyapatite structure with HPO{sub 4}{sup 2-} (and some CO{sub 3}{sup

  4. Nanocrystalline Fe-Fe2O3 particle-deposited N-doped graphene as an activity-modulated Pt-free electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Dhavale, Vishal M.; Singh, Santosh K.; Nadeema, Ayasha; Gaikwad, Sachin S.; Kurungot, Sreekumar

    2015-11-01

    The size-controlled growth of nanocrystalline Fe-Fe2O3 particles (2-3 nm) and their concomitant dispersion on N-doped graphene (Fe-Fe2O3/NGr) could be attained when the mutually assisted redox reaction between NGr and Fe3+ ions could be controlled within the aqueous droplets of a water-in-oil emulsion. The synergistic interaction existing between Fe-Fe2O3 and NGr helped the system to narrow down the overpotential for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) by bringing a significant positive shift to the reduction onset potential, which is just 15 mV higher than its Pt-counterpart. In addition, the half-wave potential (E1/2) of Fe-Fe2O3/NGr is found to be improved by a considerable amount of 135 mV in comparison to the system formed by dispersing Fe-Fe2O3 nanoparticles on reduced graphene oxide (Fe-Fe2O3/RGO), which indicates the presence of a higher number of active sites in Fe-Fe2O3/NGr. Despite this, the ORR kinetics of Fe-Fe2O3/NGr are found to be shifted significantly to the preferred 4-electron-transfer pathway compared to NGr and Fe-Fe2O3/RGO. Consequently, the H2O2% was found to be reduced by 78.3% for Fe-Fe2O3/NGr (13.0%) in comparison to Fe-Fe2O3/RGO (51.2%) and NGr (41.0%) at -0.30 V (vs. Hg/HgO). This difference in the yield of H2O2 formed between the systems along with the improvements observed in terms of the oxygen reduction onset and E1/2 in the case of Fe-Fe2O3/NGr reveals the activity modulation achieved for the latter is due to the coexistence of factors such as the presence of the mixed valancies of iron nanoparticles, small size and homogeneous distribution of Fe-Fe2O3 nanoparticles and the electronic modifications induced by the doped nitrogen in NGr. A controlled interplay of these factors looks like worked favorably in the case of Fe-Fe2O3/NGr. As a realistic system level validation, Fe-Fe2O3/NGr was employed as the cathode electrode of a single cell in a solid alkaline electrolyte membrane fuel cell (AEMFC). The system could display an open

  5. Gallium-containing hydroxyapatite for potential use in orthopedics

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    Melnikov, P., E-mail: petrmelnikov@yahoo.com [Department of Clinical Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul (Brazil); Teixeira, A.R.; Malzac, A. [Department of Clinical Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul (Brazil); Coelho, M. de B. [Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation - EMBRAPA (Brazil)

    2009-09-15

    A novel material that may be recommended for grafts and implants stimulating bone growth has been obtained by introducing gallium ions (up to 11.0 mass%) into crystalline lattice of hydroxyapatite. The doping was carried out using gallium nitrate and sodium gallate solutions. In both cases, lattice parameters of gallium-doped hydroxyapatite are identical to those of pure synthetic hydroxyapatite. Gallium does not replace calcium as a result of heterovalent substitution and consequently produces no distortions in the framework of hydroxyapatite matrix. It remains strongly fixed in the form of solid solution of intercalation. According to scanning electron microscopy images gallium insertion does not cause any morphological alterations in hydroxyapatite structure and the product developed meets physico-chemical criteria for biomaterial to be employed in orthopedic practice and local handling of traumatic injuries. Its future usage opens the opportunity to enhance osteosynthesis and calcium retention in loco.

  6. Biomineralization of nanoscale single crystal hydroxyapatite

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    Omokanwaye, Tiffany [Catholic University of America, BONE/CRAB Lab, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington, DC 20064 (United States); Wilson, Otto C., E-mail: wilsono@cua.edu [Catholic University of America, BONE/CRAB Lab, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington, DC 20064 (United States); Gugssa, Ayelle; Anderson, Winston [Howard University, Department of Biology, Washington, DC (United States)

    2015-11-01

    The chemical and physical characteristics of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite particles which formed during the subcutaneous implantation of crab shell in Sprague–Dawley rats were studied using selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The initial SAED characterization evidence indicated the presence of an amorphous calcium phosphate phase. The electron dense nanophase particles which formed in the wound healing zone displayed broad diffuse rings which usually indicate a low crystalline order or amorphous phase. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) revealed that these mineralized regions contained discrete single crystal particles less than 5 nm in size. Micrographs taken at successively higher magnifications revealed very small nanoparticles with a hexagonal arrangement of ion channels with characteristic spacing of 0.54 nm and 0.23 nm. This study revealed that single crystal hydroxyapatite nanoparticles consisting of only a few unit cells formed via a biomineralization directed process. - Highlights: • Nanocrystalline particles were formed during in vivo implantation of crab shell using a rat model. • High resolution TEM revealed that nanoparticles were single crystals and less than 5 nm in size. • The relative distance between spots matches the expected values for hydroxyapatite.

  7. Biomineralization of nanoscale single crystal hydroxyapatite.

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    Omokanwaye, Tiffany; Wilson, Otto C; Gugssa, Ayelle; Anderson, Winston

    2015-11-01

    The chemical and physical characteristics of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite particles which formed during the subcutaneous implantation of crab shell in Sprague-Dawley rats were studied using selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The initial SAED characterization evidence indicated the presence of an amorphous calcium phosphate phase. The electron dense nanophase particles which formed in the wound healing zone displayed broad diffuse rings which usually indicate a low crystalline order or amorphous phase. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) revealed that these mineralized regions contained discrete single crystal particles less than 5nm in size. Micrographs taken at successively higher magnifications revealed very small nanoparticles with a hexagonal arrangement of ion channels with characteristic spacing of 0.54nm and 0.23nm. This study revealed that single crystal hydroxyapatite nanoparticles consisting of only a few unit cells formed via a biomineralization directed process. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence properties of nanocrystalline Er{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+} doped Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} exposed to {beta}-rays

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    RodrIguez, R A [Universidad de Guadalajara en Lagos, Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, 47460 (Mexico); Rosa, E de la [Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, A.P. 1-948, Leon, Gto. 37150 (Mexico); Salas, P [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas 152, C.P. 07730, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico); Melendrez, R [Centro de Investigacion en Fisica, Universidad de Sonora, PO Box 5-088, Hermosillo, Sonora, 83190 (Mexico); Barboza-Flores, M [Centro de Investigacion en Fisica, Universidad de Sonora, PO Box 5-088, Hermosillo, Sonora, 83190 (Mexico)

    2005-11-07

    The thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) characterization of Er{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+} doped Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} nanocrystalline samples prepared by the precipitation process and exposed to {beta}-rays are discussed. The TL as well as the OSL were two orders of magnitude higher in Er{sup 3+} doped than in Yb{sup 3+} specimens. The charge trapping and the radiative thermally stimulated recombination processes in Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} : Er{sup 3+} involve four trapping states at 166, 243, 342 and 424 deg. C, but just two trapping levels at 219 and 413 deg. C for Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} : Yb{sup 3+} at a heating rate of 10 deg. C s{sup -1}. The photostimulation with 470 nm light causes in both phosphors a radiative recombination of the optically free charge carriers belonging to the same trapping states. The TL and the OSL as a function of radiation dose behaviour were linear in the 10-100 Gy dose range. The results provide evidence of the potential uses of these materials in radiation storage and dosimeter devices.

  9. Synthesis and Optical Absorption of Eu-doped CeB6 Nanocrystalline%Eu-掺杂CeB6纳米晶的合成与光吸收研究

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    包黎红; 明明; 特古斯

    2015-01-01

    采用固相反应法成功地将Eu元素掺入CeB6纳米晶中,并系统地研究了对其光吸收性能的影响规律。由XRD分析、扫描电镜和透射电镜能谱分析结果充分证明了Eu元素成功地掺入了CeB6晶格中。光吸收结果表明,随着Eu掺杂量的增加, CeB6吸收峰波长从938 nm增加至1718 nm,产生了“红移”现象。与此同时,透射光波长也从可见光区域的798 nm红移至近红外区域的1138 nm。本文揭示了通过Eu掺杂可使CeB6透射光波长和吸收峰波长连续可调。这一特性对于拓展CeB6的光学应用具有重要意义。%The Eu-doped CeB6 nanocrystalline was successfully synthesized by a solid-state reaction and their optical properties were investigated. The XRD and EDS analyses fully confirm that the Eu element has been successfully doped into the lattice of CeB6. The optical absorption results show that maximum absorption red-shifted from 938 nm to 1718 nm. Meanwhile, it is interestingly found that the maximum transmission also red-shifts from visible region of 798 nm to near-infrared region of 1138 nm, which is for the first time to be obtained tunable optical characteristic CeB6 by Eu doping. Thus, these interesting findings on CeB6 nanocrystalline can extend its optical application.

  10. Synthesis, Property and Characterization of Nanosized Europium-doped Hydroxyapatite Fluorescent Bioprobe%Eu3+掺杂纳米羟基磷灰石生物荧光探针的制备、性能与表征

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    孙玉绣; 王正云; 方春林; 杨华

    2011-01-01

    以Ca(NO3)2·4H2O,Eu2O3和(NH4)2HPO4为原料,采用反相微乳液-水热法制备出Eu3+掺杂羟基磷灰石纳米粒子.通过对产物纳米粒子的荧光光谱,TEM、XRD等测试分析,重点考察了Eu3+掺杂量对产物纳米结构和荧光性能的影响,并对荧光性能随其形貌变化的关系等进行了简要讨论.%Luminescent europium doped hydroxyapatite nanoparticles were successfully fabricated via reverse microemulsion-directed hydrothermal methods from using calcium nitrate, europium oxide, diammonium hydrogen phosphate as raw materials. The structural, morphological, and optical properties of the product were well characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) , and photoluminescence spectra (PL). The influence of europium doped content on nanostructure and luminescent property of the product was investigated, and the relationship of the change of the luminescent intensity of the as-fabricated nanoparticles with their morphology was also simply discussed.

  11. Synthesis and release of trace elements from hollow and porous hydroxyapatite spheres.

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    Xia, Wei; Grandfield, Kathryn; Schwenke, Almut; Engqvist, Håkan

    2011-07-29

    It is known that organic species regulate fabrication of hierarchical biological forms via solution methods. However, in this study, we observed that the presence of inorganic ions plays an important role in the formation and regulation of biological spherical hydroxyapatite formation. We present a mineralization method to prepare ion-doped hydroxyapatite spheres with a hierarchical structure that is free of organic surfactants and biological additives. Porous and hollow strontium-doped hydroxyapatite spheres were synthesized via controlling the concentration of strontium ions in a calcium and phosphate buffer solution. Similarly, fluoride and silicon-doped hydroxyapatite spheres were synthesized. While spherical particle formation was attainable at low and high temperature for Sr-doped hydroxyapatite, it was only possible at high temperature in the F/Si-doped system. The presence of inorganic ions not only plays an important role in the formation and regulation of biological spherical hydroxyapatite, but also could introduce pharmaceutical effects as a result of trace element release. Such ion release results showed a sustained release with pH responsive behavior, and significantly influenced the hydroxyapatite re-precipitation. These ion-doped hydroxyapatite spheres with hollow and porous structure could have promising applications as bone/tooth materials, drug delivery systems, and chromatography supports.

  12. Ni-doped (CeO{sub 2−δ})–YSZ mesoarchitectured with nanocrystalline framework: the effect of thermal treatment on structure, surface chemistry and catalytic properties in the partial oxidation of methane (CPOM)

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    Somacescu, Simona, E-mail: ssimona@icf.ro [Romanian Academy, “Ilie Murgulescu” Institute of Physical Chemistry (Romania); Florea, Mihaela [University of Bucharest, Department of Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Catalysis, Faculty of Chemistry (Romania); Osiceanu, Petre; Calderon-Moreno, Jose Maria [Romanian Academy, “Ilie Murgulescu” Institute of Physical Chemistry (Romania); Ghica, Corneliu [National Institute of Materials Physics (Romania); Serra, Jose Manuel [Universidad Politécnica de Valencia - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Instituto de Tecnología Química (Spain)

    2015-11-15

    Ni-doped (CeO{sub 2−δ})–YSZ (5 mol% Ni oxide, 10 mol% ceria) mesoarchitectures (MA) with nanocrystalline framework have been synthesized by an original, facile and cheap approach based on Triton X100 nonionic surfactant as template and water as solvent at a strong basic pH value. Following the hydrothermal treatment under autogenous pressure (∼18 bars), Ni, Ce, Y, and Zr were well ordered as MA with nanocrystalline framework, assuring thermal stability. A comprehensive investigation of structure, texture, morphology, and surface chemistry was performed by means of a variety of complementary techniques (X-Ray Diffraction, XRD; Raman Spectroscopy, RS; Brunauer—Emmett—Teller, BET; Temperature—Programmed Reduction, TPR; Transmission Electron Microscopy, TEM and DF-STEM; X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, XPS; Catalytic activity and selectivity). N{sub 2} sorption measurements highlighted that the mesoporous structure is formed at 600 °C and remains stable at 800 °C. At 900 °C, the MA collapses, favoring the formation of macropores. The XRD and Raman Spectroscopy of all samples showed the presence of a pure, single phase with fluorite-type structure. At 900 °C, an increased tetragonal distortion of the cubic lattice was observed. The surface chemistry probed by XPS exhibits a mixture of oxidation states (Ce{sup 3+} + Ce{sup 4+}) with high percentage of Ce{sup 3+} valence state ∼35 % and (Ni{sup 3+} and Ni{sup 2+}) oxidation states induced by the thermal treatment. These nanoparticles assembled into MA show high stability and selectivity over time in catalytic partial oxidation of methane (CPOM). These promising performances suggest an interesting prospect for introduction as anode within IT-SOFC assemblies.Graphical Abstract.

  13. Nanocrystalline ceramic materials

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    Siegel, Richard W.; Nieman, G. William; Weertman, Julia R.

    1994-01-01

    A method for preparing a treated nanocrystalline metallic material. The method of preparation includes providing a starting nanocrystalline metallic material with a grain size less than about 35 nm, compacting the starting nanocrystalline metallic material in an inert atmosphere and annealing the compacted metallic material at a temperature less than about one-half the melting point of the metallic material.

  14. Bulk and nanocrystalline electron doped Gd{sub 0.15}Ca{sub 0.85}MnO{sub 3}: Synthesis and magnetic characterization

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    Dhal, Lakshman; Chattarpal [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036 (India); Nirmala, R., E-mail: nirmala@iitm.ac.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036 (India); Santhosh, P.N. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036 (India); Kumary, T. Geetha [CMPD, Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Nigam, A.K. [Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai 400 005 (India)

    2014-09-01

    Polycrystalline Gd{sub 0.15}Ca{sub 0.85}MnO{sub 3} sample was prepared by solid state reaction method and nanocrystalline samples of different grain sizes of the same were prepared by sol–gel method. Phase purity and composition were verified by room temperature X-ray diffraction and SEM-EDAX analysis. Magnetization data of bulk Gd{sub 0.15}Ca{sub 0.85}MnO{sub 3} in 5 kOe field shows a peak at ∼119 K (T{sub N}) suggesting an antiferromagnetic transition. Nanocrystalline Gd{sub 0.15}Ca{sub 0.85}MnO{sub 3} sample (∼54 nm size) also shows a cusp at ∼107 K and a broad thermal hysteresis between field cooled cooling (FCC) and field cooled warming (FCW) data around this temperature. This thermal hysteresis suggests possible crystal structural transition. Field variation of magnetization of bulk Gd{sub 0.15}Ca{sub 0.85}MnO{sub 3} at 5 K shows a tendency to saturate, but yields a magnetic moment value of only ∼1.12 μ{sub B}/f.u. in 70 kOe. The value of magnetization of nanocrystalline sample at 5 K in 70 kOe field is slightly larger and is ∼1.38 μ{sub B}/f.u. which is probably due to the surface moments of the nanoparticle samples. Both the samples show Curie–Weiss-like behaviour in their paramagnetic state.

  15. Structural, optical, and ferromagnetic characterization of Sm-doped LaOCl nanocrystalline synthesized by solvothermal route: Significant effect of hydrogen post treatment

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    Dakhel, A.A.

    2016-09-15

    Pure and Sm-doped lanthanum oxychloride (LaOCl) nanomaterials were synthesized by solvothermal route followed by a subsequent heat treatment process. The objective of the present work is to study and develop conditions required to create stable room-temperature ferromagnetic (RT-FM) properties in LaOCl. To achieve that aim, magnetic samarium Sm{sup 3+} ions were used as dopant sources for stable FM properties. Systematic structural, optical, and magnetic properties of undoped and Sm-doped LaOCl samples were investigated as function of post-annealing conditions (temperature and atmosphere). The optical absorption properties were studied by diffuse reflection spectroscopy (DRS). The magnetic measurements reveal that Sm-doped LaOCl nanopowders have partial RT-FM properties due to the doped ions. The variations of magnetic properties with pre-annealing temperature were investigated. Furthermore, the electronic medium of host LaOCl crystalline lattice, which carries the spin-spin (S.S) exchange interaction between localised dopant Sm{sup 3+}(4f{sup 5}) spins, was developed by annealing in hydrogen gas (hydrogenation). It was established that annealing in hydrogen atmosphere boosts the RT-FM properties so that the saturation magnetisation could be increased by more than 100%. Physical explanations and discussions were given in this paper. Thus, it was proved that the magnetic properties could be tailored to diamagnetic LaOCl compound by Sm-doping and post treatment under H{sub 2} atmosphere. Therefore, LaOCl nanocrystals could be used as a potential candidate for optical phosphor applications with magnetic properties. - Graphical abstract: M-H dependence of Sm-doped LaOCl powders. Study the effect of hydrogenation. - Highlights: • Synthesis of Sm-doped LaOCl nanoparticles. • DM LaOCl transforms to FM with dilute concentration of Sm doping. • Annealing under H{sub 2} atmosphere induces drastic boost in the FM properties. • Saturation magnetization attained 29 memu

  16. Finite size effect on Ni doped nanocrystalline Ni{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (0.1 {<=} x {<=} 0.5)

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    Kumar, Ashok; Singh, Annveer [National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Marg, New Delhi 12 (India); Yadav, M.S. [Department of Physics, Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra, Haryana (India); Arora, Manju [National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Marg, New Delhi 12 (India); Pant, R.P., E-mail: rppant@nplindia.or [National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Marg, New Delhi 12 (India)

    2010-11-30

    Nanocrystalline nickel ferrite with different concentration of Ni and Zn (Ni{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} where x = 0.1, 0.3, 0.5) were synthesized using chemical co-precipitation method. The effect of doping ion concentration on physical properties like crystalline phase, crystallite size, particle size, and saturation magnetization are investigated. The X-ray diffraction pattern confirms the synthesis of single crystalline Ni{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. The lattice parameter decreases with increase Ni content resulting in reduction of lattice strain. HRTEM images revealed that the as-prepared nanoparticles were crystalline with particle size distribution in 10-30 nm range. The saturation magnetization show the superparamagnetic nature of sample for x = 0.1 and x = 0.3 whereas for x = 0.5, the material is ferromagnetic. The saturation magnetization value is 23.95 emu/gm for Ni{sub 0.1}Zn{sub 0.9}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} sample and it increases with increase in Ni content.

  17. Influence of annealing temperature on luminescent properties of Eu~(3+)/V~(5+) co-doped nanocrystalline Gd_2Ti_2O_7 powders

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    张盈; 丁玲红; 庞新玲; 张伟风

    2009-01-01

    Nanosized Gd2(1-x)Eu2xTi2O7:yV5+ phosphors were prepared via sol-gel method and characterized with X-ray diffraction,Raman spectroscopy,diffuse reflectance spectra and photoluminescence spectra.Their PL properties were investigated as functions of the Eu3+ doping concentration and annealing temperature.The results indicated that the as-prepared samples showed a strong emission of Eu3+ under the irradiation of 303 nm.For Eu3+-doped Gd2Ti2O7,the orange emission at 586 nm was the strongest,which was correspond...

  18. Magnesium substitution in carbonated hydroxyapatite: Structural and microstructural characterization by Rietveld's refinement

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    Lala, S. [Materials Science Division, Department of Physics, The University of Burdwan, Golapbag, Burdwan 713104, West Bengal (India); Ghosh, M.; Das, P.K. [Department of Biological Chemistry, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700 032 (India); Das, D. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Kolkata 700098 (India); Kar, T. [Department of Materials Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032 (India); Pradhan, S.K., E-mail: skpradhan@phys.buruniv.ac.in [Materials Science Division, Department of Physics, The University of Burdwan, Golapbag, Burdwan 713104, West Bengal (India)

    2016-02-15

    Four stoichiometric compositions of nanocrystalline Mg doped carbonated hydroxyapatite (cHAp) powders are synthesized by mechanical alloying (ball milling) the powder mixtures of CaCO{sub 3}, CaHPO{sub 4}.2H{sub 2}O and MgO in open air at room temperature. FTIR analysis confirms the A-type carbonation in all milled HAp powder samples (A-cHAp). Microstructure characterization in terms of lattice imperfections and phase quantification of ball milled samples are made by analyzing XRD patterns employing Rietveld's structure refinement method. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study of 15 mol % Mg doped A-cHAp sample reveals microstructure similar to that obtained from XRD pattern analysis. Cumulative effect of Mg substitution and mechanical alloying results in amorphization of a major part of crystalline A-cHAp, analogous to native bone mineral. Rietveld analysis reveals that the Ca2 vacancy site is energetically more favorable for occupation of Mg substitution. MTT [3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide] assay test reveals sufficiently high percentage cell viability confirming the cytocompatibility of the sample. - Graphical abstract: Mg substitution for Ca2 site. - Highlights: • Single phase Mg doped A-cHAp synthesized by mechanical alloying (MA). • FTIR analysis confirms A-type carbonation in HAp. • Amorphization of a part of crystalline A-cHAp due to MA and Mg insertion. • Mg{sup 2+} ions substitute the Ca2 vacancy site. • High cell viability under MTT assay.

  19. Nanocrystalline ceramic materials

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    Siegel, R.W.; Nieman, G.W.; Weertman, J.R.

    1994-06-14

    A method is disclosed for preparing a treated nanocrystalline metallic material. The method of preparation includes providing a starting nanocrystalline metallic material with a grain size less than about 35 nm, compacting the starting nanocrystalline metallic material in an inert atmosphere and annealing the compacted metallic material at a temperature less than about one-half the melting point of the metallic material. 19 figs.

  20. Fast response time alcohol gas sensor using nanocrystalline F-doped SnO2 films derived via sol–gel method

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    Sarbani Basu; Yeong-Her Wang; C Ghanshyam; Pawan Kapur

    2013-08-01

    Pure and fluorine-modified tin oxide (SnO2) thin films (250–300 nm) were uniformly deposited on corning glass substrate using sol–gel technique to fabricate SnO2-based resistive sensors for ethanol detection. The characteristic properties of the multicoatings have been investigated, including their electrical conductivity and optical transparency in visible IR range. Pure SnO2 films exhibited a visible transmission of 90% compared with Fdoped films (80% for low doping and 60% for high doping). F-doped SnO2 films exhibited lower resistivity (0.12 × 10-4 cm) compared with the pure (14.16 × 10-4 cm) one. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy techniques were used to analyse the structure and surface morphology of the prepared films. Resistance change was studied at different temperatures (523–623 K) with metallic contacts of silver in air and in presence of different ethanol vapour concentrations. Comparative gas-sensing results revealed that the prepared F-doped SnO2 sensor exhibited the lowest response and recovery times of 10 and 13 s, respectively whereas that of pure SnO2 gas sensor, 32 and 65 s, respectively. The maximum sensitivities of both gas sensors were obtained at 623 K.

  1. Structural, optical, and ferromagnetic characterization of Sm-doped LaOCl nanocrystalline synthesized by solvothermal route: Significant effect of hydrogen post treatment

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    Dakhel, A. A.

    2016-09-01

    Pure and Sm-doped lanthanum oxychloride (LaOCl) nanomaterials were synthesized by solvothermal route followed by a subsequent heat treatment process. The objective of the present work is to study and develop conditions required to create stable room-temperature ferromagnetic (RT-FM) properties in LaOCl. To achieve that aim, magnetic samarium Sm3+ ions were used as dopant sources for stable FM properties. Systematic structural, optical, and magnetic properties of undoped and Sm-doped LaOCl samples were investigated as function of post-annealing conditions (temperature and atmosphere). The optical absorption properties were studied by diffuse reflection spectroscopy (DRS). The magnetic measurements reveal that Sm-doped LaOCl nanopowders have partial RT-FM properties due to the doped ions. The variations of magnetic properties with pre-annealing temperature were investigated. Furthermore, the electronic medium of host LaOCl crystalline lattice, which carries the spin-spin (S.S) exchange interaction between localised dopant Sm3+(4f5) spins, was developed by annealing in hydrogen gas (hydrogenation). It was established that annealing in hydrogen atmosphere boosts the RT-FM properties so that the saturation magnetisation could be increased by more than 100%. Physical explanations and discussions were given in this paper. Thus, it was proved that the magnetic properties could be tailored to diamagnetic LaOCl compound by Sm-doping and post treatment under H2 atmosphere. Therefore, LaOCl nanocrystals could be used as a potential candidate for optical phosphor applications with magnetic properties.

  2. Electrochemically assisted deposition of hydroxyapatite on Ti6Al4V substrates covered by CVD diamond films — Coating characterization and first cell biological results

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    Strąkowska, Paulina [Gdańsk University of Technology, Mechanical Engineering Faculty (Poland); Gdańsk University of Technology, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications, and Informatics (Poland); Beutner, René [Max Bergmann Center, Technische Universität Dresden (Germany); Gnyba, Marcin [Gdańsk University of Technology, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications, and Informatics (Poland); Zielinski, Andrzej [Gdańsk University of Technology, Mechanical Engineering Faculty (Poland); Scharnweber, Dieter, E-mail: Dieter.Scharnweber@tu-dresden.de [Max Bergmann Center, Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)

    2016-02-01

    Although titanium and its alloys are widely used as implant material for orthopedic and dental applications they show only limited corrosion stability and osseointegration in different cases. The aim of the presented research was to develop and characterize a novel surface modification system from a thin diamond base layer and a hydroxyapatite (HAp) top coating deposited on the alloy Ti6Al4V widely used for implants in contact with bone. This coating system is expected to improve both the long-term corrosion behavior and the biocompatibility and bioactivity of respective surfaces. The diamond base films were obtained by Microwave Plasma Assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition (MW-PACVD); the HAp coatings were formed in aqueous solutions by electrochemically assisted deposition (ECAD) at varying polarization parameters. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman microscopy, and electrical conductivity measurements were applied to characterize the generated surface states; the calcium phosphate coatings were additionally chemically analyzed for their composition. The biological properties of the coating system were assessed using hMSC cells analyzing for cell adhesion, proliferation, and osteogenic differentiation. Varying MW-PACVD process conditions resulted in composite coatings containing microcrystalline diamond (MCD/Ti-C), nanocrystalline diamond (NCD), and boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (B-NCD) with the NCD coatings being dense and homogeneous and the B-NCD coatings showing increased electrical conductivity. The ECAD process resulted in calcium phosphate coatings from stoichiometric and non-stoichiometric HAp. The deposition of HAp on the B-NCD films run at lower cathodic potentials and resulted both in the highest coating mass and the most homogenous appearance. Initial cell biological investigations showed an improved cell adhesion in the order B-NCD > HAp/B-NCD > uncoated substrate. Cell proliferation was improved for both investigated coatings whereas ALP

  3. Effect of laser irradiation on gas sensing properties of sol–gel derived nanocrystalline Al-doped ZnO thin films

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    Hou, Yue; Jayatissa, Ahalapitiya H., E-mail: ajayati@utnet.utoledo.edu

    2014-07-01

    The effect of laser irradiation on the performance of gas sensor made with sol–gel derived Al-doped ZnO thin films was investigated. The films with desired thicknesses were deposited on the alkali-free glass substrates by a sol–gel process. A pulsed laser system with a wavelength of 532 nm, a pulsed duration of 8 ns, pulsed frequency of 5 kHz and the laser fluence in the range of 1.06–3.58 J/cm{sup 2} was used as the irradiation source. The microstructure, optical transmittance, surface morphology, electrical conductivity and gas sensor performance of the as-deposited and laser-irradiated Al-doped ZnO films were studied as a function of laser energy level. The X-ray diffraction results indicated that low laser energy significantly enhanced the crystallinity and promoted grain growth, whereas high laser energy irradiation resulted in deterioration of crystalline quality. It was also found that the laser irradiation affected the surface morphology and electrical conductivity of ZnO films. The gas sensor performance of Al-doped ZnO sensors was examined in terms of ZnO film thicknesses and H{sub 2} concentrations in the air at an operating temperature of 130 °C. It was found that the sensing response of Al-doped ZnO sensors varied depending on the film thickness as well as the laser energy level. An optimum laser energy level resulted in high and rapid response characteristics of gas sensors for the detection of H{sub 2}. The results also suggested that the crystallinity was critical to achieve the optimum sensor performance. - Highlights: • Aluminum was doped in ZnO thin films via a sol–gel coating process. • Laser irradiation was employed to improve the effect of doping. • The properties of ZnO were investigated as a function of laser energy. • We found that the laser irradiation enhances the gas sensor performance.

  4. The Effect of Polyvinylpyrrolidone on the Optical Properties of the Ni-Doped ZnS Nanocrystalline Thin Films Synthesized by Chemical Method

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    Tran Minh Thi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the optical properties of polyvinyl-pyrrolidone (PVP and the influence of PVP concentration on the photoluminescence spectra of the PVP (PL coated ZnS : Ni nanocrystalline thin films synthesized by the wet chemical method and spin-coating. PL spectra of samples were clearly showed that the 520 nm luminescence peak position of samples remains unchanged, but their peak intensity changes with PVP concentration. The PVP polymer is emissive with peak maximum at 394 nm with the exciting wavelength of 325 nm. The photoluminescence exciting (PLE spectrum of PVP recorded at 394 nm emission shows peak maximum at 332 nm. This excitation band is attributed to the electronic transitions in PVP molecular orbitals. The absorption edges of the PVP-coated ZnS : Ni0.3% samples that were shifted towards shorter wavelength with increasing of PVP concentration can be explained by the absorption of PVP in range of 350 nm to 400 nm. While the PVP coating does not affect the microstructure of ZnS : Ni nanomaterial, the analyzed results of the PL, PLE, and time-resolved PL spectra and luminescence decay curves of the PVP and PVP-coated ZnS : Ni samples allow to explain the energy transition process from surface PVP molecules to the Ni2+ centers that occurs via hot ZnS.

  5. Coating of hydroxyapatite doped Ag on commercially pure titanium surface; Recobrimento de hidroxiapatita dopada com Ag sobre superficie de titanio comercialmente puro

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    Vieira, Jonas de Oliveira; Vercik, Luci Cristina de Oliveira; Rigo, Eliana Cristina da Silva, E-mail: jonasvieira@usp.br [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    This paper presents results of bioactive coating on commercially pure titanium surface (CpTi) doped with Ag ions. The coating consists of 3 steps, in step 1- surface chemical treatment of the samples with NaOH, step 2 - immersing the substrate in question in a sodium silicate solution (SS) to the nucleation and step 3 - reimmersion these substrates in synthetic solution that simulates the blood serum for precipitation and growth of apatite layer. After the coating step the AgNO{sub 3} substrates were immersed in solutions with concentrations of 20 ppm and 100 ppm at 37 ° C for 48h. The substrates were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), infrared spectroscopy (IR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). By the results verified the formation of an apatite layer with aspects of cells, on the surface of CpTi. The increase in Ag concentration causes an increase in Ag amount doped in apatite layer. With the results we concluded that it is possible to obtain an apatite layer on a metal surface as the CpTi doped with Ag ions.

  6. Study of Photocatalytic Activity and Properties of Transition Metal Ions Doped Nanocrystalline TiO2 Prepared by Sol-Gel Method

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    K. S. Siddhapara

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Transition metal (Mn, Fe, Co, doped TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by the sol-gel method. All the prepared samples were calcined at different temperatures like 200°C to 800°C and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX analysis. The studies revealed that transition metal (TM doped nanoparticles have smaller crystalline size and higher surface area than pure TiO2. Dopant ions in the TiO2 structure caused significant absorption shift into the visible region. The results of photodegradation of formaldehyde in aqueous medium under UV light showed that photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanoparticles was significantly enhanced by the presence of some transition metal ions. Chemical oxygen demand (COD of formaldehyde solutions done at regular intervals gave a good idea about mineralization of formaldehyde.

  7. Magnetic Properties of Grain Boundaries of Nanocrystalline Ni and of Ni Precipitates in Nanocrystalline NiCu Alloys

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    Wolf, H.; Guan, Z.; Li, X.; Wichert, Th.

    2001-11-01

    Perturbed γγ-angular correlation spectroscopy (PAC) was used to investigate nanocrystalline Ni and NiCu alloys, which are prepared by pulsed electrodeposition (PED). Using diffusion for doping nanocrystalline Ni with 111In four different ordered grain boundary structures are observed, which are characterized by unique electric field gradients. The incorporation of 111In on substitutional bulk sites of Ni is caused by moving grain boundaries below 1000 K and by volume diffusion above 1000 K. The nanocrystalline NiCu alloys prepared by PED are microscopically inhomogeneous as observed by PAC. In contrast, this inhomogeneity cannot be detected by X-ray diffraction. The influence of the temperature of the electrolyte, the current density during deposition, and the optional addition of saccharin to the electrolyte on the homogeneity of nanocrystalline NiCu alloys was investigated.

  8. Study of hydroxyapatite materials doped with europium and its luminescence property%Eu在羟基磷灰石中的掺杂及其发光性能研究

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    殷海荣; 赵高扬; 乔荫颇; 李思媛; 高赛

    2014-01-01

    A series of hydroxyapatite (HAP)particles doped with different content of europium (Eu3+)were de-signed and synthesized by a “one-pot”wet-chemical precipitation method and their structure,composition and luminescent property were characterized.XRD patterns and IR adsorption peaks showed the characteristic struc-ture and corresponding groups for Eu doped HAP samples.The typical emission peaks attributed to Eu ions were observed in emission spectra of HAP:xEu samples under excitation.The luminescent intensity of Eu doped samples enhanced with the rising Eu ions content.Meanwhile,the fluorescent lifetime of doped samples de-creased with the rising doped concentrations.Furthermore,the ratio of intensity between 617 and 595 nm corre-sponding to electric-dipole and magnetic-dipole (I R/I O )was also observed to increase with Eu ions content, which revealed the proportion of substitute type and site of Ca ions by Eu ions and was helpful to realize the substitute process and functional structure design.%本文采用化学沉淀法制备了 Eu3+掺杂的羟基磷灰石材料(HAP∶xEu),使用 X 射线衍射、红外光谱以及荧光光谱等对其结构及发光特性进行了研究。分析表明,制备得到的掺杂羟基磷灰石具有晶态结构,其红外谱中出现隶属于 OH-、PO3-4的特征振动峰。光谱分析结果表明,在394 nm 波长激发下,掺杂Eu的羟基磷灰石样品的荧光发光强度和荧光寿命呈现随掺杂浓度的增加相反的变化趋势:发光强度增加6倍同时其荧光寿命却下降了约30%。此外,样品中电偶极跃迁与磁偶极跃迁强度之比(I R/I O )随 Eu3+掺杂浓度增加表明Eu占据羟基磷灰石晶格中的Ca Ⅱ不对称位点的比例大于占据Ca Ⅰ对称位点的比例,并可受到掺杂量的影响。

  9. Exciton generation/dissociation/charge-transfer enhancement in inorganic/organic hybrid solar cells by robust single nanocrystalline LnPxOy (Ln = Eu, Y) doping.

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    Jin, Xiao; Sun, Weifu; Chen, Zihan; Wei, Taihuei; Chen, Chuyang; He, Xingdao; Yuan, Yongbiao; Li, Yue; Li, Qinghua

    2014-06-11

    Low-temperature solution-processed photovoltaics suffer from low efficiencies because of poor exciton or electron-hole transfer. Inorganic/organic hybrid solar cell, although still in its infancy, has attracted great interest thus far. One of the promising ways to enhance exciton dissociation or electron-hole transport is the doping of lanthanide phosphate ions. However, the underlying photophysical mechanism remains poorly understood. Herein, by applying femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy, we successfully distinguished hot electron, less energetic electron, hole transport from electron-hole recombination. Concrete evidence has been provided that lanthanide phosphate doping improves the efficiency of both hot electron and "less energetic" electron transfers from donor to acceptor, but the hole transport almost remains unchanged. In particular, the hot electron transfer lifetime was shortened from 30.2 to 12.7 ps, that is, more than 60% faster than pure TiO2 acceptor. Such improvement was ascribed to the facts that the conduction band (CB) edge energy level of TiO2 has been elevated by 0.2 eV, while the valence band level almost remains unchanged, thus not only narrowing the energy offset between CB levels of TiO2 and P3HT, but also meanwhile enlarging the band gap of TiO2 itself that permits one to inhibit electron-hole recombination within TiO2. Consequently, lanthanide phosphate doped TiO2/P3HT bulk-heterojunction solar cell has been demonstrated to be a promising hybrid solar cell, and a notable power conversion efficiency of 2.91% is therefore attained. This work indicates that lanthanide compound ions can efficiently facilitate exciton generation, dissociation, and charge transport, thus enhancing photovoltaic performance.

  10. Oxygen reduction on nanocrystalline ruthenia-local structure effects

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    Abbott, Daniel F.; Mukerjee, Sanjeev; Petrykin, Valery;

    2015-01-01

    Nanocrystalline ruthenium dioxide and doped ruthenia of the composition Ru1-xMxO2 (M = Co, Ni, Zn) with 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2 were prepared by the spray-freezing freeze-drying technique. The oxygen reduction activity and selectivity of the prepared materials were evaluated in alkaline media using the RRDE...

  11. Effect of high pressure sintering and annealing on microstructure and thermoelectric properties of nanocrystalline Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 doped with Gd

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    Ping Zou; Guiying Xun; Song Wang; Penglei Chen; Fengzhu Huang

    2014-01-01

    Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 of high performance doped with Gd bulk materials was prepared by a high pressure (6.0 GPa) sintering (HPS) method at 593 K, 633 K, 673 K and 693 K. The sample was then annealed for 36 h in a vacuum at 633 K. The phase composition, crystal structure and morphology of the sample were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The electric conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity aspects of the sample were measured from 298 K to 473 K. The results show that high pressure sintering and the doping with Gd has a great effect on the crystal structure and the thermoelectric properties of the samples. The samples are consisted of nanoparticles before and after annealing, and these nanostructures have good stability at high temperature. HPS together with annealing can improve the TE properties of the sample by decreasing the thermal conductivity of the sample with nanostructures. The maximum ZT value of 0.74 was obtained at 423 K for the sample, which was sintered at 673 K and then annealed at 633 K for 36 h. Compared with the zone melting sample, it was increased by 85%at 423 K. Hence the temperature of the maximum of figure of merit was increased. The results can be applied to the field of thermoelectric power generation materials.

  12. Effect of high pressure sintering and annealing on microstructure and thermoelectric properties of nanocrystalline Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 doped with Gd

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 of high performance doped with Gd bulk materials was prepared by a high pressure (6.0 GPa sintering (HPS method at 593 K, 633 K, 673 K and 693 K. The sample was then annealed for 36 h in a vacuum at 633 K. The phase composition, crystal structure and morphology of the sample were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The electric conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity aspects of the sample were measured from 298 K to 473 K. The results show that high pressure sintering and the doping with Gd has a great effect on the crystal structure and the thermoelectric properties of the samples. The samples are consisted of nanoparticles before and after annealing, and these nanostructures have good stability at high temperature. HPS together with annealing can improve the TE properties of the sample by decreasing the thermal conductivity of the sample with nanostructures. The maximum ZT value of 0.74 was obtained at 423 K for the sample, which was sintered at 673 K and then annealed at 633 K for 36 h. Compared with the zone melting sample, it was increased by 85% at 423 K. Hence the temperature of the maximum of figure of merit was increased. The results can be applied to the field of thermoelectric power generation materials.

  13. 表面涂覆含氟羟基磷灰石和缺钙羟基磷灰石的镁合金体外降解行为%In-vitro degradation behavior of Mg alloy coated by fluorine doped hydroxyapatite and calcium deficient hydroxyapatite

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    HR BAKHSHESHI-RAD; EHAMZAH; M DAROONPARVAR; MAM YAJID; M KASIRI-ASGARANI; MR ABDUL-KADIR; M MEDRAJ

    2014-01-01

    Fluorine-doped hydroxyapatite (FHA) and calcium deficient hydroxyapatite (CDHA) were coated on the surface of biodegradable magnesium alloy using electrochemical deposition (ED) technique. Coating characterization was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The result shows that nano-FHA coated sample presents nano needle-like structure, which is oriented perpendicular to the surface of the substrate with denser and more uniform layers compared to the nano-CDHA coated sample. The nano-FHA coating shows smaller crystallite size (65 nm) compared to the nano-CDHA coating (95 nm); however, CDHA presents thicker layer (19 μm in thickness) compared to the nano-FHA (15 μm in thickness). The corrosion behaviour determined by polarization, immersion and hydrogen evolution tests indicates that the nano-FHA and nano-CDHA coatings significantly decrease corrosion rate and induce passivation. The nano-FHA and nano-CDHA coatings can accelerate the formation of bone-like apatite layer and significantly decrease the dissolution rate as compared to the uncoated Mg alloy. The nano-FHA coating provides effective protection to Mg alloy and presents the highest corrosion resistance. Therefore, the nano-FHA coating on Mg alloy is suggested as a great candidate for orthopaedic applications.%通过电化学沉积方法,在生物降解镁合金表面覆盖含氟羟基磷灰石(FHA)涂层和缺钙羟基磷灰石(CDHA)涂层。采用 X 射线衍射、傅立叶变换红外光谱、透射电子显微镜、扫描电子显微镜和能量色散 X 射线光谱研究涂层特性。结果表明:涂覆纳米FHA涂层的样品具有垂直于样品表面的纳米针状结构,比涂覆CDHA涂层样品的结构更致密和更均匀。纳米FHA涂层比纳米CDHA涂层具有更小的晶粒尺寸,分别为65 nm 和95 nm

  14. Creating bulk nanocrystalline metal.

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    Fredenburg, D. Anthony (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA); Saldana, Christopher J. (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN); Gill, David D.; Hall, Aaron Christopher; Roemer, Timothy John (Ktech Corporation, Albuquerque, NM); Vogler, Tracy John; Yang, Pin

    2008-10-01

    Nanocrystalline and nanostructured materials offer unique microstructure-dependent properties that are superior to coarse-grained materials. These materials have been shown to have very high hardness, strength, and wear resistance. However, most current methods of producing nanostructured materials in weapons-relevant materials create powdered metal that must be consolidated into bulk form to be useful. Conventional consolidation methods are not appropriate due to the need to maintain the nanocrystalline structure. This research investigated new ways of creating nanocrystalline material, new methods of consolidating nanocrystalline material, and an analysis of these different methods of creation and consolidation to evaluate their applicability to mesoscale weapons applications where part features are often under 100 {micro}m wide and the material's microstructure must be very small to give homogeneous properties across the feature.

  15. Deformation in nanocrystalline metals

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    Helena Van Swygenhoven; Julia R. Weertman

    2006-01-01

    It is now possible to synthesize polycrystalline metals made up of grains that average less than 100 nm in size. Such nanocrystalline metals contain a significant volume fraction of interfacial regions separated by nearly perfect crystals. The small sizes involved limit the conventional operation of dislocation sources and thus a fundamental question arises: how do these materials deform plastically? We review the current views on deformation mechanisms in nanocrystalline, face-centered cubic...

  16. Diffusion in nanocrystalline solids

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    Chadwick, Alan V.

    2016-01-01

    Enhanced atomic migration was an early observation from experimental studies into nanocrystalline solids. This contribution presents an overview of the available diffusion data for simple metals and ionic materials in nanocrystalline form. It will be shown that enhanced diffusion can be interpreted in terms of atomic transport along the interfaces, which are comparable to grain boundaries in coarse-grained analogues. However, the method of sample preparation is seen to play a major role in...

  17. Effect of Ni and Au ion irradiations on structural and optical properties of nanocrystalline Sb-doped SnO{sub 2} thin films

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    Mir, Feroz A. [University of Kashmir, University Science Instrumentation Centre, Srinagar, J and K (India); Batoo, Khalid Mujasam [King Saud University, King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    2016-04-15

    The effect of swift heavy ion irradiations on the structural and optical properties of 6 % Sb-doped SnO{sub 2} thin films deposited on quartz substrate by electron beam evaporation technique is presented. Two ion species Ni and Au with energy 120 MeV and fluence of 1 x 10{sup 13} ion/cm{sup 2} were used. These films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscope, UV-visible and micro-Raman spectroscopy. From structural analysis, these films exhibit tetragonal rutile structure and retain it even after irradiation. The ion irradiations have shown improvement in the structural properties, such as increase in grain size and decrease in the lattice strain. Raman study also indicates enhancement in quality of crystal structure after irradiations. The grain growth after ion interaction is also observed by atomic force microscope study. Further, a variation in optical band gap and reduction in disorder is observed after irradiation. Other parameters such as Urbach tails energy and steepness parameter are obtained from optical data. The overall observed physical properties show a significant improvement after irradiation. A good correspondence between structures with its various properties can be seen. (orig.)

  18. New scheme for cation distribution and electrical characterization of nanocrystalline aluminum doped magnesium ferrite MgAlxFe2-xO4

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    Zaki, H. M.; Al-Heniti, S.; Al Shehri, N.

    2014-03-01

    MgAlxFe2-xO4 (x=0.0 up to 1 step 0.2) was prepared using co-precipitation method. The value of lattice constant is found to decrease with increasing Al3+ concentration. The particle size of the samples calculated using the Sherrer formula was obtained in the range of 15-28 nm. The two main bands corresponding to tetrahedral and octahedral sites were observed to be around 600 cm-1 and 450 cm-1, respectively. These bands are shifted to high frequencies with more doping of Al3+ ions which may be attributed to the decrease in the mean radius of the tetrahedral and octahedral sites. The threshold frequency (νth) for the electronic transition decreases with increasing the Al3+content. The tetrahedral force constant (KT) increases continuously with Al3+ concentration.The bandwidth of the tetrahedral site is found to increase gradually with the Al3+ content. The validity of the proposed cation distribution is confirmed by considering the X-ray intensity ratios of diffraction lines sensitive to the tetrahedral and octahedral sites. DC conductivity measurements exhibited metallic and semiconductor-like behavior with temperature for all compositions. The decrease of Curie temperature with the increase of non-magnetic ions of aluminum indicates their preference to the octahedral sites as well and confirms the validity of the cation distribution.

  19. On-Demand Guided Bone Regeneration with Microbial Protection of Ornamented SPU Scaffold with Bismuth-Doped Single Crystalline Hydroxyapatite: Augmentation and Cartilage Formation.

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    Selvakumar, M; Srivastava, Priyanka; Pawar, Harpreet Singh; Francis, Nimmy K; Das, Bodhisatwa; Sathishkumar, G; Subramanian, Bhuvaneshwaran; Jaganathan, Saravana Kumar; George, Gibin; Anandhan, S; Dhara, Santanu; Nando, Golok B; Chattopadhyay, Santanu

    2016-02-17

    Guided bone regeneration (GBR) scaffolds are futile in many clinical applications due to infection problems. In this work, we fabricated GBR with an anti-infective scaffold by ornamenting 2D single crystalline bismuth-doped nanohydroxyapatite (Bi-nHA) rods onto segmented polyurethane (SPU). Bi-nHA with high aspect ratio was prepared without any templates. Subsequently, it was introduced into an unprecedented synthesized SPU matrix based on dual soft segments (PCL-b-PDMS) of poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS), by an in situ technique followed by electrospinning to fabricate scaffolds. For comparison, undoped pristine nHA rods were also ornamented into it. The enzymatic ring-opening polymerization technique was adapted to synthesize soft segments of PCL-b-PDMS copolymers of SPU. Structure elucidation of the synthesized polymers is done by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Sparingly, Bi-nHA ornamented scaffolds exhibit tremendous improvement (155%) in the mechanical properties with excellent antimicrobial activity against various human pathogens. After confirmation of high osteoconductivity, improved biodegradation, and excellent biocompatibility against osteoblast cells (in vitro), the scaffolds were implanted in rabbits by subcutaneous and intraosseous (tibial) sites. Various histological sections reveal the signatures of early cartilage formation, endochondral ossification, and rapid bone healing at 4 weeks of the critical defects filled with ornamented scaffold compared to SPU scaffold. This implies osteogenic potential and ability to provide an adequate biomimetic microenvironment for mineralization for GBR of the scaffolds. Organ toxicity studies further confirm that no tissue architecture abnormalities were observed in hepatic, cardiac, and renal tissue sections. This finding manifests the feasibility of fabricating a mechanically adequate nanofibrous SPU scaffold by a biomimetic strategy and the advantages of Bi

  20. Hydrothermal Synthesis and Characterization of Ag-doped Hydroxyapatite Antibacterial Agent%银掺杂纳米羟基磷灰石抗菌粉体的水热合成及结构表征

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    陈华军; 徐伏秋; 薛冬; 阳永福; 张秋芬

    2012-01-01

    Silver doped hydroxyapatite (HA) antimicrobial powders were synthesized by hydrothermal method using Ca(NO3)E,4H2O, AgNO3, (NH4)2HPO4 as raw materials. The effects of addition of AgNO3, reactive temperature and time on the microstructure and constituent of Ag-HA were investigated. The XRD patterns indicate that HA and Ag-HA have the same crystal structure. The calculation results of energy dis- persive spectrometer (EDS) and X-ray fluorescence spectrum (XRF) indicate that Ca2+ in HA crystals is displaced by Ag+ and AgxCa10-x(PO4)6(OH)2 was produced at hydrothermal condition. The antibacterial test results indicate that Ag-HA have favourable antibiotic property and MIC≤50μg/mL against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus.%采用水热法,以硝酸钙(Ca(NO3)2-4H2O)、硝酸银(AgNO3)和磷酸氢二铵((NH4)2HPO4)为主要原料,制备纳米级银掺杂羟基磷灰石(Ag—HA)抗菌粉体.考察了硝酸银加入量、反应温度、反应时间对产物结构和形貌的影响.XRD分析结果显示Ag—HA与HA具有相同的晶体结构.EDS和XRF分析结果说明Ag+取代Ca2+在HA晶体中的位置,生成AgxCa10-x(v04)6(0H)2.抗菌试验结果表明,所制备的Ag-HA抗菌粉体具有良好的抗菌性能,最小抑菌浓度MIC值≤50gg/mLf对大肠杆菌、黄色葡萄球菌).

  1. Fabrication of High-Temperature-Stable Thermoelectric Generator Modules Based on Nanocrystalline Silicon

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    Kessler, V.; Dehnen, M.; Chavez, R.; Engenhorst, M.; Stoetzel, J.; Petermann, N.; Hesse, K.; Huelser, T.; Spree, M.; Stiewe, C.; Ziolkowski, P.; Schierning, G.; Schmechel, R.

    2014-05-01

    High-temperature-stable thermoelectric generator modules (TGMs) based on nanocrystalline silicon have been fabricated, characterized by the Harman technique, and measured in a generator test facility at the German Aerospace Center. Starting with highly doped p- and n-type silicon nanoparticles from a scalable gas-phase process, nanocrystalline bulk silicon was obtained using a current-activated sintering technique. Electrochemical plating methods were employed to metalize the nanocrystalline silicon. The specific electrical contact resistance ρ c of the semiconductor-metal interface was characterized by a transfer length method. Values as low as ρ c cold-side temperature of 300°C.

  2. Hydroxyapatite with environmental applications

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    Popa, C. L. [National Institute of Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG 07, Bucharest, Magurele, Romania and Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest, 405 Atomistilor, CP MG-1, 077125 Magurele (Romania); Ciobanu, C. S.; Predoi, D., E-mail: dpredoi@gmail.com [National Institute of Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG 07, Bucharest, Magurele (Romania); Petre, C. C.; Jiga, G. [University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Engineering and Management of Technological Systems, Department of Strength of Materials, 060032, Bucharest (Romania); Motelica-Heino, M. [ISTO, UMR 7327 CNRS-Université d' Orléans, 1A rue de la Férollerie 45071 Orléans Cedex 2 (France); Iconaru, S. L. [National Institute of Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG 07, Bucharest, Magurele (Romania); Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest, 405 Atomistilor, CP MG-1, 077125 Magurele (Romania); ISTO, UMR 7327 CNRS-Université d' Orléans, 1A rue (France)

    2014-05-15

    The aim of this study was to synthetize new nanoparticles based on methyltrimethoxysilane coated hydroxyapatite (MTHAp) for lead removal in aqueous solutions. The morphological and compositional analysis of MTHAp was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS). Removal experiments of Pb{sup 2+} ions were carried out in aqueous solutions with controlled concentration of Pb{sup 2+} and at fixed pH of 5. After the removal experiment of Pb{sup 2+} ions from solutions, porous hydroxyapatite nanoparticles were transformed into PbMTHAp-5 via the adsorption of Pb{sup 2+} ions followed by a cation exchange reaction. Our results demonstrate that the porous hydroxyapatite nanoparticles can be used as an adsorbent for removing Pb{sup 2+} ions from aqueous solution.

  3. Deformation in nanocrystalline metals

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    Helena Van Swygenhoven

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available It is now possible to synthesize polycrystalline metals made up of grains that average less than 100 nm in size. Such nanocrystalline metals contain a significant volume fraction of interfacial regions separated by nearly perfect crystals. The small sizes involved limit the conventional operation of dislocation sources and thus a fundamental question arises: how do these materials deform plastically? We review the current views on deformation mechanisms in nanocrystalline, face-centered cubic metals based on insights gained by atomistic computer simulations. These insights are discussed with reference to recent striking experimental observations that can be compared with predictions made by the simulations.

  4. Nanocrystalline and Nanoporous Ceramics

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    Verweij, Henk

    1996-01-01

    Nanocrystalline and nanoporous ceramics, renowned for their special transport properties, have typical applications in the fields of energy, the environment, and separation technology. One example is a solid oxide fuel cell, where an anode with improved characteristics was obtained by an optimized n

  5. Nanocrystalline Heterojunction Materials

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    Elder, Scott H.; Su, Yali; Gao, Yufei; Heald, Steve M.

    2004-02-03

    Mesoporous nanocrystalline titanium dioxide heterojunction materials and methods of making the same are disclosed. In one disclosed embodiment, materials comprising a core of titanium dioxide and a shell of a molybdenum oxide exhibit a decrease in their photoadsorption energy as the size of the titanium dioxide core decreases.

  6. Semiconducting of nanocrystalline tin oxide and its influence factors

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    LI Li-li; DUAN Xue-chen

    2005-01-01

    A series of nanocrystalline SnO2 powders, doped with different Sb contents, were synthesized by route of alkoxides hydrolysis using SnCl4·5H2O and SbCl3 as starting materials and calcined at different temperatures. The microstructure and morphology of samples are investigated by XRD and TEM, the valence state changes of Sb in SnO2 crystal lattice is detected by M(O)ssbauer spectroscopy and XPS.The resistivity of powders is examined with a mould of inside diameter d=10mm at a constant pressure. The results show that lightly-doping Sb is effective means of semiconducting of nanocrystalline SnO2. The ratio of Sb5+ to Sb3+ decreases with increasing Sb content in SnO2 crystal lattices and calcination temperature. The XPS diffraction confirms the same result as Mssbauer spectroscopy.

  7. Hydroxyapatite coatings for biomedical applications

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    Zhang, Sam

    2013-01-01

    Hydroxyapatite coatings are of great importance in the biological and biomedical coatings fields, especially in the current era of nanotechnology and bioapplications. With a bonelike structure that promotes osseointegration, hydroxyapatite coating can be applied to otherwise bioinactive implants to make their surface bioactive, thus achieving faster healing and recovery. In addition to applications in orthopedic and dental implants, this coating can also be used in drug delivery. Hydroxyapatite Coatings for Biomedical Applications explores developments in the processing and property characteri

  8. Hydrothermal synthesis of hydroxyapatite

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    Earl, J. S.; Wood, D. J.; Milne, S. J.

    2006-02-01

    A hydrothermal method of synthesizing hydroxyapatite by heating a precipitate, formed by mixing Ca(NO3)2bold dot4H2O and (NH4)2HPO4 with distilled water, in a hydrothermal reactor at 200 °C for 24-72 hrs is described. A treatment time of 24 hrs produced single phase (as shown by XRD) hydroxyapatite powder, however for longer treatment times XRD patterns were indicative of the presence of a secondary phase, monetite (CaHPO4). SEM examination of the treated powders displayed particles of rod-like morphology with dimensions 100-500 nm in length and 10-60 nm in diameter. Preliminary results on the use of the particles for the infiltration of dentine tubules are presented.

  9. Hydrothermal synthesis of hydroxyapatite

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    Earl, J S; Wood, D J; Milne, S J [Institute for Materials Research, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT (United Kingdom)

    2006-02-22

    A hydrothermal method of synthesizing hydroxyapatite by heating a precipitate, formed by mixing Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}{center_dot}4H{sub 2}O and (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}HPO{sub 4} with distilled water, in a hydrothermal reactor at 200 deg. C for 24-72 hrs is described. A treatment time of 24 hrs produced single phase (as shown by XRD) hydroxyapatite powder, however for longer treatment times XRD patterns were indicative of the presence of a secondary phase, monetite (CaHPO{sub 4}). SEM examination of the treated powders displayed particles of rod-like morphology with dimensions 100-500 nm in length and 10-60 nm in diameter. Preliminary results on the use of the particles for the infiltration of dentine tubules are presented.

  10. Cadmium immobilization by hydroxyapatite

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    Smičiklas Ivana D.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The contamination of air, soil and water by cadmium is a great environmental problem. If cadmium occurs in nature in ionic form, soluble in water, it easily enters into the food chain. Hydroxyapatite (HAP, Ca-o(POAe(OH2 is a sparingly soluble salt and an excellent matrix for the removal of heavy metals from solutions. Considerable research attention has been paid to the bond between Cc/2+ ions and synthetic hydroxyapatite of known composition. The sorption mechanism is complex. The dominant process is ion exchange, but surface adsorption, surface complexation and coprecipitation can also contribute to the overall mechanism. The sorption capacity depends on the characteristics of hydroxyapatite itself and on the experimental conditions. Under optimum conditions a maximum capacity of 0.8 mol Cd2+/mol HAP can be achieved. HAP is a potential sorbent for the remediation of contaminated water and soil, for industrial waste treatment, and it is also referenced as a material that can be used as a barrier around waste depositories.

  11. Nano-hydroxyapatite and its applications in preventive, restorative and regenerative dentistry: a review of literature.

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    Pepla, Erlind; Besharat, Lait Kostantinos; Palaia, Gaspare; Tenore, Gianluca; Migliau, Guido

    2014-07-01

    This study aims to critically summarize the literature about nano-hydroxyapatite. The purpose of this work is to analyze the benefits of using nano-hydroxyapatite in dentistry, especially for its preventive, restorative and regenerative applications. We also provide an overview of new dental materials, still experimental, which contain the nano-hydroxyapatite in its nano-crystalline form. Hydroxyapatite is one of the most studied biomaterials in the medical field for its proven biocompatibility and for being the main constituent of the mineral part of bone and teeth. In terms of restorative and preventive dentistry, nano-hydroxyapatite has significant remineralizing effects on initial enamel lesions, certainly superior to conventional fluoride, and good results on the sensitivity of the teeth. The nano-HA has also been used as an additive material, in order to improve already existing and widely used dental materials, in the restorative field (experimental addition to conventional glass ionomer cements, that has led to significant improvements in their mechanical properties). Because of its unique properties, such as the ability to chemically bond to bone, to not induce toxicity or inflammation and to stimulate bone growth through a direct action on osteoblasts, nano-HA has been widely used in periodontology and in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Its use in oral implantology, however, is a widely used practice established for years, as this substance has excellent osteoinductive capacity and improves bone-to-implant integration.

  12. Structural and Luminescence Properties of Transparent Nanocrystalline ZrO2:Er3+ Films

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    ZHANG Qin-Yuan; YANG Gang-Feng; JIANG Zhong-Hong; W. X. Que

    2006-01-01

    @@ The structural and luminescence properties of nanocrystalline ZrO2 :Er3+ films are reported. Transparent nanoZrO2 crystalline films doped with Er3+ have been prepared using a wet chemistry process. An intense roomtemperature emission at 1527nm with a full width at half-maximum of 46 nm has been observed, which is assigned to the 4 I13/2 → 4 I15/2 intra-4 fn electric transition of Er3+. Correlations between the luminescence properties and structures of the nanocrystalline ZrO2 :Er3+ films have been investigated. Infrared-to-visible upconversion occurs simultaneously upon excitation of a commercially available 980-nm laser diode and the involved mechanisms have also been explained. The results indicate that the nanocrystalline ZrO2:Er3+ films might be suggested as promising materials for achieving broadband Er3+-doped waveguide amplifiers and upconversion waveguide lasers.

  13. Synthesis and Luminescence Properties of Transparent Nanocrystalline GdF3:Tb Glass-Ceramic Scintillator

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    Lee, Gyuhyon; Savage, Nicholas; Wagner, Brent; Zhang, Yuelan; Jacobs, Benjamin; Menkara, Hisham; Summers, Christopher; Kang, Zhitao

    2013-01-01

    Transparent glass-ceramic containing rare-earth doped halide nanocrystals exhibits enhanced luminescence performance. In this study, a glass-ceramic with Tb doped gadolinium fluoride nanocrystals embedded in an aluminosilicate glass matrix is investigated for X-ray imaging applications. The nanocrystalline glass-ceramic scintillator was prepared by a melt-quench method followed by an anneal. The GdF3:Tb nanocrystals precipitated within the oxide glass matrix during the processing and their lu...

  14. Molecular modeling, FTIR spectral characterization and mechanical properties of carbonated-hydroxyapatite prepared by mechanochemical synthesis

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    Youness, Rasha A. [Spectroscopy Department, National Research Centre, El-Bohouth Str., 12622, Dokki, Giza (Egypt); Taha, Mohammed A. [Solid-State Physics Department, National Research Centre, El-Bohouth Str., 12622, Dokki, Giza (Egypt); Elhaes, Hanan [Physics Department, Faculty of Women for Arts, Science, and Education, Ain Shams University, 11757 Cairo (Egypt); Ibrahim, Medhat, E-mail: medahmed6@yahoo.com [Spectroscopy Department, National Research Centre, El-Bohouth Str., 12622, Dokki, Giza (Egypt)

    2017-04-01

    Nanocrystalline B-type carbonate substituted hydroxyapatite (B-CHA) powder has been successively synthesized by mechanochemical method. The effect of milling times on the formation of B-CHA was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction technique and scanning electron microscopy. Moreover, physical as well as mechanical properties were examined as a function of milling time. Furthermore, theoretical model was presented for hydroxyapatite (HA). Semiempirical calculations at PM6 level were used to calculate thermal parameters including entropy; enthalpy; heat capacity; free energy and heat of formation in the temperature range from 200 up to 500 k. The results revealed that single phase B-CHA was successfully formed after 8 h of milling when Ball to Powder Ratio (BPR) equals to 10:1. Results revealed that entropy; enthalpy and heat capacity gradually increased as a function of temperature while, free energy and heat of formation decreased with the increasing of temperature. Comparison with higher level of theory was conducted at HF and DFT using the models HF/3-21g**; B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) and B3LYP/LANL2DZ, respectively and indicated that PM6 could be utilized with appropriate accuracy and time to study physical and thermochemical parameters for HA. - Highlights: • Preparation of Nanocrystalline B-type carbonate substituted hydroxyapatite (B-CHA) powder by mechanochemical method. • Characterization of CHA. • Semiemperical and DFT models for CHA.

  15. Doped and Undoped Zinc Oxide Nanostructures on Silicon Wafers

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    Chubenko, E.; Bondarenko, V.

    2013-05-01

    We present results of hydrothermal deposition of undoped and Al doped ZnO nanocrystals on nanocrystalline silicon. ZnO nanocrystals were deposited in an equimolar zinc nitride and hexamethylenetetramine solution. Aluminum nitride was used as Al precursor. The difference of the morphology of doped and undoped ZnO nanocrystals is discussed. Photoluminescence properties of the obtained nanocrystals are shown.

  16. Fabrication of nano-hydroxyapatite using a novel ultrasonic atomization precipitation method.

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    Qiu, Yang; Xia, Haiping; Jiang, Haochuan

    2010-03-01

    A novel technique to synthesize hydroxyapatite (HAP) with nanocrystalline structure was developed in this study. Nanocrystalline HAP was prepared by a precipitation method with aid of ultrasonic atomization using Ca(NO3)2 x 4H2O and (NH4)2HPO4 as raw materials. The crystallization and the morphology of the prepared nanopowder were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The obtained powder was 30-40 nm in size and homogenous. The effect of some surfactants on the crystallization and morphology of HAP nanoparticles was also investigated. The results showed that the synthesis method used in this study can effectively shorten the reaction time while improving the homogeneity of the powder when compared to other published methods. It was also found that the addition of a small amount of surfactant glycine during the precipitation synthesis can reduce the agglomeration of the HAP nanoparticles.

  17. Dislocation Dynamics in Nanocrystalline Nickel

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    Shan, Z. W.; Wiezorek, J. M. K.; Stach, E. A.; Follstaedt, D. M.; Knapp, J. A.; Mao, S. X.

    2007-01-01

    It is believed that the dynamics of dislocation processes during the deformation of nanocrystalline materials can only be visualized by computational simulations. Here we demonstrate that observations of dislocation processes during the deformation of nanocrystalline Ni with grain sizes as small as 10 nm can be achieved by using a combination of in situ tensile straining and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Trapped unit lattice dislocations are observed in strained grains...

  18. MRI of orbital hydroxyapatite implants

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    Flanders, A.E. [Dept. of Radiology, Thomas Jefferson Univ. Hospital, Philadelphia, PA (United States); De Potter, P. [Dept. of Ophthalmology, Wills Eye Inst., Philadelphia, PA (United States); Rao, V.M. [Dept. of Radiology, Thomas Jefferson Univ. Hospital, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Tom, B.M. [Dept. of Radiology, Thomas Jefferson Univ. Hospital, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Shields, C.L. [Dept. of Ophthalmology, Wills Eye Inst., Philadelphia, PA (United States); Shields, J.A. [Dept. of Ophthalmology, Wills Eye Inst., Philadelphia, PA (United States)

    1996-04-01

    Our aim was to use MRI for the postsurgical assessment of a new form of integrated orbital implant composed of a porous calcium phosphate hydroxyapatite substrate. We studied ten patients 24-74 years of age who underwent enucleation and implantation of a hydroxyapatite ball; 5-13 months after surgery, each patient was examined by spin-echo MRI, with fat suppression and gadolinium enhancement. Fibrovascular ingrowth was demonstrated in all ten patients as areas of enhancement at the periphery of the hydroxyapatite sphere that extended to the center to a variable degree. The radiologist should aware of the MRI appearances of the coralline hydroxyapatite orbital implant since it is now widely used following enucleation. MRI is a useful means to determine successful incorporation of the substrate into the orbital tissues. The normal pattern of contrast enhancement should not be mistaken for recurrent tumor or infection. (orig.)

  19. Nanocrystalline Silicon Carrier Collectors for Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells and Impact on Low-Temperature Device Characteristics

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    Nogay, Gizem

    2016-09-26

    Silicon heterojunction solar cells typically use stacks of hydrogenated intrinsic/doped amorphous silicon layers as carrier selective contacts. However, the use of these layers may cause parasitic optical absorption losses and moderate fill factor (FF) values due to a high contact resistivity. In this study, we show that the replacement of doped amorphous silicon with nanocrystalline silicon is beneficial for device performance. Optically, we observe an improved short-circuit current density when these layers are applied to the front side of the device. Electrically, we observe a lower contact resistivity, as well as higher FF. Importantly, our cell parameter analysis, performed in a temperature range from -100 to +80 °C, reveals that the use of hole-collecting p-type nanocrystalline layer suppresses the carrier transport barrier, maintaining FF s in the range of 70% at -100 °C, whereas it drops to 40% for standard amorphous doped layers. The same analysis also reveals a saturation onset of the open-circuit voltage at -100 °C using doped nanocrystalline layers, compared with saturation onset at -60 °C for doped amorphous layers. These findings hint at a reduced importance of the parasitic Schottky barrier at the interface between the transparent electrodes and the selective contact in the case of nanocrystalline layer implementation. © 2011-2012 IEEE.

  20. Li(+) activated nanohydroxyapatite doped with Eu(3+) ions enhances proliferative activity and viability of human stem progenitor cells of adipose tissue and olfactory ensheathing cells. Further perspective of nHAP:Li(+), Eu(3+) application in theranostics.

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    Marycz, Krzysztof; Sobierajska, Paulina; Smieszek, Agnieszka; Maredziak, Monika; Wiglusz, Katarzyna; Wiglusz, Rafal J

    2017-09-01

    Spinal cord injuries (SCI) often require simultaneous regeneration of nerve tissue and bone. Hydroxyapatites are described as bioresorbable materials with proper biocompatibility and osteoconductivity, therefore its application for spinal surgery is considered. In this paper, we present repeatable method for developing nanocrystalline calcium hydroxyapatites structurally modified with Li(+) ions (nHAP:Li(+)). Obtained biomaterials were profoundly characterized in terms of their physicochemical properties. Moreover, we have shown that nHAP:Li(+) doped with europium (Eu(3+)) may serve as a theranostic agent, what additionally extend its potential usage for SCI treatment. The biocompatibility of nHAP:Li(+) was determined using human olfactory ensheathing cells (hOECs) and adipose tissue-derived multipotent stromal cells (hASCs). Both population of cells are eagerly applied for cell-based therapies in SCI, mainly due to their paracrine activity. The extensive in vitro studies showed that nHAP:Li(+) promotes the cells proliferation, viability and cell-cell interactions. Obtained results provides encouraging approach that may have potential application in regenerative medicine and that could fulfil the promise of personalized medicine - important in SCI treatment. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Nanocrystalline SnO2:F Thin Films for Liquid Petroleum Gas Sensors

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    Sutichai Chaisitsak

    2011-01-01

    This paper reports the improvement in the sensing performance of nanocrystalline SnO2-based liquid petroleum gas (LPG) sensors by doping with fluorine (F). Un-doped and F-doped tin oxide films were prepared on glass substrates by the dip-coating technique using a layer-by-layer deposition cycle (alternating between dip-coating a thin layer followed by a drying in air after each new layer). The results showed that this technique is superior to the conventional technique for both improving the ...

  2. Carbon Nanotubes Blended Hydroxyapatite Ethanol Sensor

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    Anjum, S. R.; Khairnar, R. S.

    2016-12-01

    Nano crystals of Hydroxyapatite (HAp) were synthesized by a wet chemical precipitation method. The nano composite materials were developed by doping various weight concentrations of carbon nanotubes in HAp, followed by characterization using scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. Thick films of these materials were prepared by using screen printing technique. The ethanol sensing properties of these nano crystals and nano composite films were investigated by two probe electrical method. The gas sensing features such as operating temperature, response and recovery time, maximum gas detection limit, etc. were studied, since these parameters are of prime importance for sensor. The results revealed that at room temperature, the composite materials exhibited improved sensing performance towards 100 ppm ethanol with fast response times. It also showed shorter recovery time with higher vapor uptake capacity. The ethanol adsorption processes on doped and undoped substrates can be explained by surface chemical reactions as well as providing the possible adsorption models. The novelty of this work lies in developing reusable sensor substrates for room temperature sensing.

  3. Nanocrystalline diamond films for biomedical applications

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    Pennisi, Cristian Pablo; Alcaide, Maria

    2014-01-01

    Nanocrystalline diamond films, which comprise the so called nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) and ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD), represent a class of biomaterials possessing outstanding mechanical, tribological, and electrical properties, which include high surface smoothness, high corrosion re...

  4. Nanocrystalline CdTe thin films by electrochemical synthesis

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    Ramesh S. Kapadnis

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Cadmium telluride thin films were deposited onto different substrates as copper, Fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO, Indium tin oxide (ITO, Aluminum and zinc at room temperature via electrochemical route. The morphology of the film shows the nanostructures on the deposited surface of the films and their growth in vertical direction. Different nanostructures developed on different substrates. The X-ray diffraction study reveals that the deposited films are nanocrystalline in nature. UV-Visible absorption spectrum shows the wide range of absorption in the visible region. Energy-dispersive spectroscopy confirms the formation of cadmium telluride.

  5. Characterisation of interfaces in nanocrystalline palladium

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    R Divakar; V S Raghunathan

    2003-02-01

    Structures of grain boundaries and triple line junctions in nanocrystalline materials are of interest owing to large fractions of atoms in nanocrystalline materials being at these interfacial positions. Grain boundary and triple line junction structures in nanocrystalline palladium have been studied using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The main microstructural features observed include the varying atomic structures of grain boundaries and the presence of disordered regions at triple line junctions. Also, there is variation in lattice parameters in different nanocrystalline grains. Geometric phase analysis is used to quantify atomic displacements within nanocrystalline grains. Displacement fields thus detected indicate links to the interface structures.

  6. Nanocrystalline magnetic alloys and ceramics

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    M Pal; D Chakravorty

    2003-02-01

    Magnetic properties of materials in their nanocrystalline state have assumed significance in recent years because of their potential applications. A number of techniques have been used to prepare nanocrystalline magnetic phases. Melt spinning, high energy ball milling, sputtering, glassceramization and molecular beam epitaxy are some of the physical methods used so far. Among the chemical methods, sol-gel and co-precipitation routes have been found to be convenient. Ultrafine particles of both ferro- and ferrimagnetic systems show superparamagnetic behaviour at room temperature. Coercivity $(H_c)$ and maximum energy product $(BH)_{\\text{max}}$ of the magnetic particles can be changed by controlling their sizes. The present paper reviews all these aspects in the case of nanocrystalline magnetic systems — both metallic and ceramics.

  7. Preparation and characterization of nano hydroxyapatite sol

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    王友法; 闫玉华; 任卫; 曹献英; 李世普

    2004-01-01

    Nano hydroxyapatite has special biological effects when it interacts with cells. The method of preparation of nano hydroxyapatite crystals in water and the stability of hydroxyapatite sol are reported. Nanometer sized hydroxyapatite crystals were synthesized by precipitation with monocalcium phosphate and calcium hydroxide. The size of the crystals is 30 - 50 nm as determined by laser light scattering and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The shape of the crystals particles is either sphere or rod-shaped. Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility (BSRF) micro-probe X-ray fluorescence analysis and TEM analysis reveal that hydroxyapatite crystals can pass human liver cancer cell membrane in the form of particles.

  8. Optoelectronic and ferroelectric properties of cerium-doped (Na(0.5)Bi(0.5))(Ti(0.99)Fe(0.01))O3 nanocrystalline films on (111) Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Si: a composition-dependent study.

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    Zhang, Si; Han, Meijie; Zhang, Jinzhong; Li, Yawei; Hu, Zhigao; Chu, Junhao

    2013-04-24

    The optical and ferroelectric properties of (Na0.5Bi0.5)1-xCex(Ti0.99Fe0.01)O3 (NBCTFx; 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.10) nanocrystalline films deposited on platinized silicon (Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Si) substrates using a sol-gel method were investigated. The microstructure, surface, and cross-sectional morphology and compositions of the films were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. The X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that all films are polycrystalline and show the single perovskite structure. The dielectric functions of the NBCTFx films can be uniquely extracted by fitting the measured ellipsometric spectra with a four-phase-layered model (air/surface rough layer/NBCTFx/Pt) in the photon energy range of 0.6-6.4 eV. The Tauc-Lorentz model was successfully applied and reasonably describes the spectral response behavior of ferroelectric NBCTFx films in the light-frequency region. It was found that the optical band gap and grain size decrease with increasing cerium composition because of the introduction of disorder and defects. The electrical results show that the leakage current density of the films was decreased with increasing cerium composition by reducing the density of oxygen vacancies and forming the defect complexes. The optimal ferroelectric properties were obtained in the film doped with x = 0.10, whose remnant polarization and coercive field values are 14.9 μC/cm(2) and 217.3 kV/cm, respectively. The present results could be crucial for future applications of lead-free ferroelectric and optoelectronic devices.

  9. Laser Compression of Nanocrystalline Metals

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    Meyers, M. A.; Jarmakani, H. N.; Bringa, E. M.; Earhart, P.; Remington, B. A.; Vo, N. Q.; Wang, Y. M.

    2009-12-01

    Shock compression in nanocrystalline nickel is simulated over a range of pressures (10-80 GPa) and compared with experimental results. Laser compression carried out at Omega and Janus yields new information on the deformation mechanisms of nanocrystalline Ni. Although conventional deformation does not produce hardening, the extreme regime imparted by laser compression generates an increase in hardness, attributed to the residual dislocations observed in the structure by TEM. An analytical model is applied to predict the critical pressure for the onset of twinning in nanocrystalline nickel. The slip-twinning transition pressure is shifted from 20 GPa, for polycrystalline Ni, to 80 GPa, for Ni with g. s. of 10 nm. Contributions to the net strain from the different mechanisms of plastic deformation (partials, perfect dislocations, twinning, and grain boundary shear) were quantified in the nanocrystalline samples through MD calculations. The effect of release, a phenomenon often neglected in MD simulations, on dislocation behavior was established. A large fraction of the dislocations generated at the front are annihilated.

  10. Superb nanocrystalline alloys for plating

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    2006-01-01

    @@ With high rigidity and antiwear performance,nanocrystalline metals and their alloys can find wide applications in surface protection.However, the existence of grain boundaries often leads to erosive micro-batteries which accelerate the process of corrosion.Therefore, it has already become a key issue for surface engineering researchers to find nano materials with higher lubricating, anticorrosion and antiwear capacities.

  11. Preparation and Characterization of Nanocrystalline Thin Films of Al2O3 or TiO2 Doped Scandia Stabilized Zirconia Solid Electrolytes%Al2O3或TiO2掺杂的ScSZ固体电解质纳米晶薄膜的制备及表征

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    张亚文; 杨宇; 金舒; 田曙坚; 李国宝; 贾江涛; 廖春生; 严纯华

    2001-01-01

    Dense,crack-free and uniform nanocrystalline (Al2O3)0.10(Sc2O3)0.08(ZrO2)0.82and (Sc2O3)0.125(TiO2)0.175(ZrO2)0.70 thin films with thickness of 0.31 μm and 0.36 μm respectively on Si(100) substrate,have been successfully prepared by a Sol\\|Gel spin coating method.Cubic nanocrystals can be obtained at relatively low sintering temperature with an average grain size of about 47 nm and 51 nm respectively.The aluminia-doped ScSZ thins film are the same dense as the ScSZ thin films.However,there are a small amount of pinholes found in the microstructure of the titania-doped ScSZ films.%利用溶胶-凝胶旋涂法,在单晶硅基片(100)上分别制得了厚度约为0.31 μm的(Al2O3)0.10(Sc2O3)0.08(ZrO2)0.82和0.36 μm的(Sc2O3)0.125(TiO2)0.175(ZrO2)0.70固体电解质纳米晶薄膜。烧结实验结果表明,两种薄膜均在650℃以上开始晶化,温度越高,晶化越完全,在800℃可完全晶化;所得纳米晶颗粒呈纯的萤石结构立方相;铝和钛掺杂的纳米晶颗粒的平均大小分别为47和51 nm。铝掺杂的薄膜非常均匀致密,然而,钛掺杂的薄膜存在少量微气孔。

  12. Influences of the iron ion (Fe{sup 3+})-doping on structural and optical properties of nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} thin films prepared by sol-gel spin coating

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    Ben Naceur, J. [Laboratoire de Photovoltaique de Semi-conducteurs et de Nanostructures, Centre de Recherche des Sciences et Technologies de l' Energie, BP.95, Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia); Mechiakh, R., E-mail: raouf_mechiakh@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de Photovoltaique de Semi-conducteurs et de Nanostructures, Centre de Recherche des Sciences et Technologies de l' Energie, BP.95, Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia); Departement de Medecine, Faculte de Medecine, Universite Hadj Lakhdar, Batna (Algeria); Bousbih, F.; Chtourou, R. [Laboratoire de Photovoltaique de Semi-conducteurs et de Nanostructures, Centre de Recherche des Sciences et Technologies de l' Energie, BP.95, Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia)

    2011-10-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) thin films doping of various iron ion (Fe{sup 3+}) concentrations were deposited on silicon (Si) (100) and quartz substrates by sol-gel Spin Coating technique followed by a thermal treatment at 600 deg. C. The structure, surface morphology and optical properties, as a function of the doping, have been studied by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), Raman, ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) and Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (SE). XRD and Raman analyzes of our thin films show that the crystalline phase of TiO{sub 2} thin films comprised only the anatase TiO{sub 2}, but the crystallinity decreased when the Fe{sup 3+} content increased from 0% to 20%. During the Fe{sup 3+} addition to 20%, the phase of TiO{sub 2} thin film still maintained the amorphous state. The grain size calculated from XRD patterns varies from 29.3 to 22.6 nm. The complex index and the optical band gap (E{sub g}) of the films were determined by the spectroscopic ellipsometry analysis. We have found that the optical band gap decreased with an increasing Fe{sup 3+} content.

  13. Hydrothermal synthesis of hydroxyapatite whisker

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    LI Shi-pu; ZHANG Yong; WANG You-fa; YAN Yu-hua

    2001-01-01

    @@ INTRODUCITION Hydroxyapatite (Ca10 (PO4) 6 (OH)2, HA) is a material with biological activity, which has good biocompatibility and is the major mineral constituent of vertebrate hard tissues, such as bone, tooth and some ectopic calcification. As an implanting material, it can induce the growth of new bone, and supply supporting frame for new bone.

  14. Structural investigation and luminescence of nanocrystalline lanthanide doped NaNbO{sub 3} and Na{sub 0.5}K{sub 0.5}NbO{sub 3}

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    Pin, Sonia [Paul Scherrer Institute, General Energy Research (ENE), Laboratory for Bioenergy and Catalysis, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Piccinelli, Fabio [Dipartimento di Biotecnologie, Universita di Verona and INSTM, UdR Verona, Strada Le Grazie 15, I-37134 Verona (Italy); Upendra Kumar, Kagola [Grupo de Fotonica e Fluidos Complexos, Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Alagoas (UFAL), Maceio-AL (Brazil); Enzo, Stefano [Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita di Sassari, 07100 Sassari (Italy); Ghigna, Paolo [Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita di Pavia, V.le Taramelli 16, I-27100 Pavia (Italy); Cannas, Carla; Musinu, Anna [Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Universita di Cagliari, Cittadella Universitaria Monserrato, I-09042 Cagliari (Italy); Mariotto, Gino [Dipartimento di Informatica, Universita di Verona, Strada Le Grazie 15, I-37134 Verona (Italy); Bettinelli, Marco [Dipartimento di Biotecnologie, Universita di Verona and INSTM, UdR Verona, Strada Le Grazie 15, I-37134 Verona (Italy); Speghini, Adolfo, E-mail: adolfo.speghini@univr.it [Dipartimento di Biotecnologie, Universita di Verona and INSTM, UdR Verona, Strada Le Grazie 15, I-37134 Verona (Italy)

    2012-12-15

    Nd{sup 3+} and Eu{sup 3+} doped NaNbO{sub 3} and Na{sub 0.5}K{sub 0.5}NbO{sub 3} nanostructured multiferroics (nanoparticles or nanorods) were prepared by a sol-gel route. X-Ray powder diffraction results evidence that the sodium and mixed sodium-potassium niobates show orthorhombic (Pmc2{sub 1} space group), and monoclinic structure (Pm space group), respectively, confirmed by the Raman spectra. The local structure around the trivalent lanthanides was investigated with Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopy at the Ln-K edge and luminescence spectroscopy. The Ln{sup 3+} ions enter the structure by substituting the alkali metals, with a 12-fold oxygen coordination, and inducing a large amount of static disorder. The visible emission bands of the Eu{sup 3+} ions indicate that multiple sites exist for the lanthanide ions, in agreement with the EXAFS results showing the largest amount of static disorder in these samples. A possible indication of clustering of oxygen vacancies around the Ln{sub Na} Double-Prime defect is obtained by VBS calculations. - Graphical Abstract: Ln{sup 3+} doped NaNbO{sub 3} and Na{sub 0.5}K{sub 0.5}NbO{sub 3} nanoparticles or nanorods can be prepared by a simple sol-gel procedure. The synergy of X-ray diffraction, EXAFS and luminescence spectroscopy gives important information on the Ln{sup 3+} local environment. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nd{sup 3+} and Eu{sup 3+} doped NaNbO{sub 3} and Na{sub 0.5}K{sub 0.5}NbO{sub 3} nanoparticles or nanorods are prepared by sol-gel. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer EXAFS indicates that the Ln{sup 3+} ions substitutes the Na{sup +} and K{sup +} ions, inducing a large amount of static disorder. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The visible emission bands of the Eu{sup 3+} ions confirm that multiple sites exist for the lanthanide ions.

  15. Deformation Twinning During Nanoindentation of Nanocrystalline Ta

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    Wang, Y. M.; Hodge, A. M.; Biener, J.; Hamza, A.V.; Barnes, D E; Liu, Kai; Nieh, T. G.

    2005-01-01

    The deformation mechanism of body-centered cubic (bcc) nanocrystalline tantalum with grain sizes of 10–30 nm is investigated by nanoindentation, scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. In a deviation from molecular dynamics simulations and existing experimental observations on other bcc nanocrystalline metals, the plastic deformation of nanocrystalline Ta during nanoindentation is controlled by deformation twinning. The observation of multiple twin i...

  16. Electrochromic devices based on wide band-gap nanocrystalline semiconductors functionalized with mononuclear charge transfer compounds

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    Biancardo, M.; Argazzi, R.; Bignozzi, C.A.

    2006-01-01

    A series of ruthenium and iron mononuclear complexes were prepared and their spectroeletrochemical behavior characterized oil Optically Transparent Thin Layer Electrodes (OTTLE) and on Fluorine Doped SnO2 (FTO) conductive glasses coated with Sb-doped nanocrystalline SnO2. These systems display...... a reversible electrochemical response and offer potential application in electrochromic devices. On SnO2 films distinct spectral changes are observed in a narrow potential range (-0.5/0.9 V vs SCE) with switching times of the order of 0.8 s. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved....

  17. Nanofiber generation of hydroxyapatite and fluor-hydroxyapatite bioceramics.

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    Kim, Hae-Won; Kim, Hyoun-Ee

    2006-05-01

    In this study, we produced hydroxyapatite (HA) and fluor-hydroxyapatite (FHA) bioceramics as a novel geometrical form, the nanoscale fiber, for the biomedical applications. Based on the sol-gel precursors of the apatites, an electrospinning technique was introduced to generate nanoscale fibers. The diameter of the fibers was exploited in the range of a few micrometers to hundreds of nanometers (1.55 microm-240 nm) by means of adjusting the concentration of the sols. Through the fluoridation of apatite, the solubility of the fiber was tailored and the fluorine ions were well released from the FHA. The HA and FHA nanofibers produced in this study are considered to find potential applications in the biomaterials and tissue engineering fields.

  18. Nanocrystalline diamond films for biomedical applications

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    Pennisi, Cristian Pablo; Alcaide, Maria

    2014-01-01

    performance of nanocrystalline diamond films is reviewed from an application-specific perspective, covering topics such as enhancement of cellular adhesion, anti-fouling coatings, non-thrombogenic surfaces, micropatterning of cells and proteins, and immobilization of biomolecules for bioassays. In order......Nanocrystalline diamond films, which comprise the so called nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) and ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD), represent a class of biomaterials possessing outstanding mechanical, tribological, and electrical properties, which include high surface smoothness, high corrosion...... resistance, chemical inertness, superior electrochemical behavior, biocompatibility, and nontoxicity. These properties have positioned the nanocrystalline diamond films as an attractive class of materials for a range of therapeutic and diagnostic applications in the biomedical field. Consequently...

  19. Coralline hydroxyapatite in complex acetabular reconstruction.

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    Wasielewski, Ray C; Sheridan, Kate C; Lubbers, Melissa A

    2008-04-01

    This retrospective study examined whether a coralline hydroxyapatite bone graft substitute adequately repaired bone defects during complex acetabular reconstructions. Seventeen patients who underwent acetabular revision using Pro Osteon 500 were assessed to determine whether any cups required re-revision, whether bone had incorporated into the coralline hydroxyapatite grafts, and whether the coralline hydroxyapatite grafts resorbed with time. At latest follow-up, no cups required re-revision, but 1 had failed. Radiographic evidence of bone incorporation was observed in every coralline hydroxyapatite graft. Graft resorption was not observed.

  20. Tensile behavior of nanocrystalline copper

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    Sanders, P.G.; Weertman, J.R. [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Eastman, J.A. [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering]|[Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Materials Science Div.

    1995-11-01

    High density nanocrystalline copper produced by inert gas condensation was tested in tension. Displacements were measured using foil strain gauges, which greatly improved the accuracy of the strain data. The Young`s modulus of nanocrystalline copper was found to be consistent with that of coarse-grained copper. Total elongations of {approx} 1% were observed in samples with grain sizes less than 50 nm, while a sample with a grain size of 110 nm exhibited more than 10% elongation, perhaps signifying a change to a dislocation-based deformation mechanism in the larger-grained material. In addition, tensile tests were performed as a function of strain rate, with a possible trend of decreased strength and increased elongation as the strain rate was decreased.

  1. Cementless Hydroxyapatite Coated Hip Prostheses

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    Antonio Herrera

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available More than twenty years ago, hydroxyapatite (HA, calcium phosphate ceramics, was introduced as a coating for cementless hip prostheses. The choice of this ceramic is due to its composition being similar to organic apatite bone crystals. This ceramic is biocompatible, bioactive, and osteoconductive. These qualities facilitate the primary stability and osseointegration of implants. Our surgical experience includes the implantation of more than 4,000 cementless hydroxyapatite coated hip prostheses since 1990. The models implanted are coated with HA in the acetabulum and in the metaphyseal area of the stem. The results corresponding to survival and stability of implants were very satisfactory in the long-term. From our experience, HA-coated hip implants are a reliable alternative which can achieve long term survival, provided that certain requirements are met: good design selection, sound choice of bearing surfaces based on patient life expectancy, meticulous surgical technique, and indications based on adequate bone quality.

  2. Intergranular fracture in nanocrystalline metals

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    Farkas, D.; van Swygenhoven, H.; Derlet, P. M.

    2002-08-01

    Crack propagation studies in nanocrystalline Ni samples with mean grain sizes ranging from 5 to 12 nm are reported using atomistic simulations. For all grain sizes pure intergranular fracture is observed. Intergranular fracture is shown to proceed by the coalescence of microvoids formed at the grain boundaries ahead of the crack. The energy released during propagation is higher than the Griffith value, indicating an additional grain-boundary accommodation mechanism.

  3. Inverted organic solar cells based on Cd-doped TiO2 as an electron extraction layer

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    Ranjitha, A.; Muthukumarasamy, N.; Thambidurai, M.; Velauthapillai, Dhayalan; Madhan Kumar, A.; Gasem, Zuhair M.

    2014-10-01

    Nanocrystalline Cd-doped TiO2 thin films have been prepared by sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that TiO2 and Cd-doped TiO2 nanocrystalline thin films are of anatase phase. The average grain size of TiO2 and Cd-doped TiO2 nanocrystalline thin films was found to lie in the range of 15-18 nm. Solar cells have been fabricated with a device structure of ITO/Cd-doped TiO2/P3HT:PC71BM/MoO3/Al configuration. The power conversion efficiency of the inverted organic solar cell with Cd-doped TiO2 is 3.06% and is higher than that of TiO2 based organic solar cell (2.64%).

  4. New scheme for cation distribution and electrical characterization of nanocrystalline aluminum doped magnesium ferrite MgAl{sub x}Fe{sub 2−x}O{sub 4}

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    Zaki, H.M., E-mail: dakdik2001@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, Zagazig (Egypt); Al-Heniti, S.; Al Shehri, N. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

    2014-03-01

    MgAl{sub x}Fe{sub 2−x}O{sub 4} (x=0.0 up to 1 step 0.2) was prepared using co-precipitation method. The value of lattice constant is found to decrease with increasing Al{sup 3+} concentration. The particle size of the samples calculated using the Sherrer formula was obtained in the range of 15–28 nm. The two main bands corresponding to tetrahedral and octahedral sites were observed to be around 600 cm{sup −1} and 450 cm{sup −1}, respectively. These bands are shifted to high frequencies with more doping of Al{sup 3+} ions which may be attributed to the decrease in the mean radius of the tetrahedral and octahedral sites. The threshold frequency (ν{sub th}) for the electronic transition decreases with increasing the Al{sup 3+}content. The tetrahedral force constant (K{sub T}) increases continuously with Al{sup 3+} concentration.The bandwidth of the tetrahedral site is found to increase gradually with the Al{sup 3+} content. The validity of the proposed cation distribution is confirmed by considering the X-ray intensity ratios of diffraction lines sensitive to the tetrahedral and octahedral sites. DC conductivity measurements exhibited metallic and semiconductor-like behavior with temperature for all compositions. The decrease of Curie temperature with the increase of non-magnetic ions of aluminum indicates their preference to the octahedral sites as well and confirms the validity of the cation distribution.

  5. Structure and thermal stability of nanocrystalline materials

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    B S Murty; M K Datta; S K Pabi

    2003-02-01

    Nanocrystalline materials, which are expected to play a key role in the next generation of human civilization, are assembled with nanometre-sized “building blocks” consisting of the crystalline and large volume fractions of intercrystalline components. In order to predict the unique properties of nanocrystalline materials, which are a combination of the properties of the crystalline and intercrystalline regions, it is essential to understand precisely how the structures of crystalline and intercrystalline regions vary with decrease in crystallite size. In addition, study of the thermal stability of nanocrystalline materials against significant grain growth is both scientific and technological interest. A sharp increase in grain size (to micron levels) during consolidation of nanocrystalline powders to obtain fully dense materials may consequently result in the loss of some unique properties of nanocrystalline materials. Therefore, extensive interest has been generated in exploring the size effects on the structure of crystalline and intercrystalline region of nanocrystalline materials, and the thermal stability of nanocrystalline materials against significant grain growth. The present article is aimed at understanding the structure and stability of nanocrystalline materials.

  6. Highly bioactive nano-hydroxyapatite/partially stabilized zirconia ceramics

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    WANG Qing-liang; GE Shi-rong; ZHANG De-kun

    2004-01-01

    Nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HA) powders have been synthesized by precipitation using Ca(NO3)2.4H2O and (NH4)2 HPO4 at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. Nanocomposites of HA and partially stabilized zirconia (HA/PSZ) were sintered at atmospheric pressure and 1300℃ for 2h in air. The preparation techniques, structure and mechanical properties of these materials were characterized. The addition of nanosized PSZ reinforcing phase to HA may lead to an improvement of the macro and micro mechanical properties and not affect its biocompatibility and bioactivity. The bending strength, fracture toughness and nano-hardness were near to or greater than those for human cortical bone and human tooth (dentine and enamel). The composite was incubated in a fresh human plasma which confirmed the bioactivity of nanosized HA/PSZ materials. The bonding reaction between HA/PSZ ceramic and the plasma proteins was found, and hematopoietic cell phosphatase (HCP) layers formed on surface of each composite incubated in human plasma for two weeks.The diameter of a single HCP globule was less than 100 nm. Furthermore, the precipitating mechanism investigation was carried out through a comparative experiment in this paper.

  7. Ionic Transport Properties in Nanocrystalline Ce0.8A0.2O2-δ (with A = Eu, Gd, Dy, and Ho) Materials.

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    Baral, Ashok Kumar; Sankaranarayanan, V

    2010-01-30

    The ionic transport properties of nanocrystalline 20 mol% Eu, Gd, Dy, and Ho doped cerias, with average grain size of around 14 nm were studied by correlating electrical, dielectric properties, and various dynamic parameters. Gd-doped nanocrystalline ceria shows higher value of conductivity (i.e., 1.8 × 10-4 S cm-1 at 550°C) and a lower value of association energy of oxygen vacancies with trivalent dopants Gd3+ (i.e., 0.1 eV), compared to others. Mainly the lattice parameters and dielectric constants (ε∞) are found to control the association energy of oxygen vacancies in these nanomaterials, which in turn resulted in the presence of grain and grain boundary conductivity in Gd- and Eu-doped cerias and only significant grain interior conductivity in Dy- and Ho-doped cerias.

  8. Resolving the nanostructure of plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposited nanocrystalline SiOx layers for application in solar cells

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    Klingsporn, M.; Kirner, S.; Villringer, C.; Abou-Ras, D.; Costina, I.; Lehmann, M.; Stannowski, B.

    2016-06-01

    Nanocrystalline silicon suboxides (nc-SiOx) have attracted attention during the past years for the use in thin-film silicon solar cells. We investigated the relationships between the nanostructure as well as the chemical, electrical, and optical properties of phosphorous, doped, nc-SiO0.8:H fabricated by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The nanostructure was varied through the sample series by changing the deposition pressure from 533 to 1067 Pa. The samples were then characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, Raman spectroscopy, aberration-corrected high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, selected-area electron diffraction, and a specialized plasmon imaging method. We found that the material changed with increasing pressure from predominantly amorphous silicon monoxide to silicon dioxide containing nanocrystalline silicon. The nanostructure changed from amorphous silicon filaments to nanocrystalline silicon filaments, which were found to cause anisotropic electron transport.

  9. Template synthesis of ordered macroporous hydroxyapatite bioceramics.

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    Ji, Lijun; Jell, Gavin; Dong, Yixiang; Jones, Julian R; Stevens, Molly M

    2011-08-28

    Hydroxyapatite has found wide application in bone tissue engineering. Here we use a macroporous carbon template to generate highly ordered macroporous hydroxyapatite bioceramics composed of close-packed hollow spherical pores with interconnected channels. The template has advantages for the preparation of ordered materials.

  10. Hydroxyapatite/polymer composites for bone replacement

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    Liu, Qing

    1997-01-01

    To improve the mechanical properties and the bioactivity of PolyacitveTM, hydroxyapatite particles were chosen as filler to reinforce the polymer. In making composites, the interface between hydroxyapatite particles and polymer plays an important role in determining the ultimate mechanical propertie

  11. Hydroxyapatite/polymer composites for bone replacement

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    Liu, Q.; Liu, Qing

    1997-01-01

    To improve the mechanical properties and the bioactivity of PolyacitveTM, hydroxyapatite particles were chosen as filler to reinforce the polymer. In making composites, the interface between hydroxyapatite particles and polymer plays an important role in determining the ultimate mechanical propertie

  12. Biomimetic nanocrystalline apatites: Emerging perspectives in cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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    Al-Kattan, Ahmed; Girod-Fullana, Sophie; Charvillat, Cédric; Ternet-Fontebasso, Hélène; Dufour, Pascal; Dexpert-Ghys, Jeannette; Santran, Véronique; Bordère, Julie; Pipy, Bernard; Bernad, José; Drouet, Christophe

    2012-02-14

    Nanocrystalline calcium phosphate apatites constitute the mineral part of hard tissues, and the synthesis of biomimetic analogs is now well-mastered at the lab-scale. Recent advances in the fine physico-chemical characterization of these phases enable one to envision original applications in the medical field along with a better understanding of the underlying chemistry and related pharmacological features. In this contribution, we specifically focused on applications of biomimetic apatites in the field of cancer diagnosis or treatment. We first report on the production and first biological evaluations (cytotoxicity, pro-inflammatory potential, internalization by ZR-75-1 breast cancer cells) of individualized luminescent nanoparticles based on Eu-doped apatites, eventually associated with folic acid, for medical imaging purposes. We then detail, in a first approach, the preparation of tridimensional constructs associating nanocrystalline apatite aqueous gels and drug-loaded pectin microspheres. Sustained releases of a fluorescein analog (erythrosin) used as model molecule were obtained over 7 days, in comparison with the ceramic or microsphere reference compounds. Such systems could constitute original bone-filling materials for in situ delivery of anticancer drugs.

  13. Nanocrystalline silicon: lattice dynamics and enhanced thermoelectric properties.

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    Claudio, Tania; Stein, Niklas; Stroppa, Daniel G; Klobes, Benedikt; Koza, Michael Marek; Kudejova, Petra; Petermann, Nils; Wiggers, Hartmut; Schierning, Gabi; Hermann, Raphaël P

    2014-12-21

    Silicon has several advantages when compared to other thermoelectric materials, but until recently it was not used for thermoelectric applications due to its high thermal conductivity, 156 W K(-1) m(-1) at room temperature. Nanostructuration as means to decrease thermal transport through enhanced phonon scattering has been a subject of many studies. In this work we have evaluated the effects of nanostructuration on the lattice dynamics of bulk nanocrystalline doped silicon. The samples were prepared by gas phase synthesis, followed by current and pressure assisted sintering. The heat capacity, density of phonons states, and elastic constants were measured, which all reveal a significant, ≈25%, reduction in the speed of sound. The samples present a significantly decreased lattice thermal conductivity, ≈25 W K(-1) m(-1), which, combined with a very high carrier mobility, results in a dimensionless figure of merit with a competitive value that peaks at ZT≈ 0.57 at 973 °C. Due to its easily scalable and extremely low-cost production process, nanocrystalline Si prepared by gas phase synthesis followed by sintering could become the material of choice for high temperature thermoelectric generators.

  14. Electrochemical Behavior of TiO2 Nanoparticle Doped WO3 Thin Films

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    Suvarna R. Bathe

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanoparticle TiO2 doped WO3 thin films by pulsed spray pyrolysis technique have been studied on fluorine tin doped (FTO and glass substrate. XRD shows amorphous nature for undoped and anatase phase of TiO2 having (101 plane for nanoparticle TiO2 doped WO3 thin film. SEM shows microfibrous reticulated porous network for WO3 with 600 nm fiber diameter and nanocrystalline having size 40 nm for TiO2 nanoparticle doped WO3 thin film. TiO2 nanoparticle doped WO3 thin film shows ~95% reversibility due to may be attributed to nanocrystalline nature of the film, which helpful for charge insertion and deinsertion process. The diffusion coefficient for TiO2 nanoparticle doped WO3 film is less than undoped WO3.

  15. Gas sensing properties of nanocrystalline diamond at room temperature

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    Marina Davydova

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This study describes an integrated NH3 sensor based on a hydrogenated nanocrystalline diamond (NCD-sensitive layer coated on an interdigitated electrode structure. The gas sensing properties of the sensor structure were examined using a reducing gas (NH3 at room temperature and were found to be dependent on the electrode arrangement. A pronounced response of the sensor, which was comprised of dense electrode arrays (of 50 µm separation distance, was observed. The sensor functionality was explained by the surface transfer doping effect. Moreover, the three-dimensional model of the current density distribution of the hydrogenated NCD describes the transient flow of electrons between interdigitated electrodes and the hydrogenated NCD surface, that is, the formation of a closed current loop.

  16. Study of hybrid solar cells made of multilayer nanocrystalline titania and poly(3-octylthiophene) or poly-(3-(2-methylhex-2-yl)-oxy-carbonyldithiophene)

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    Antoniadou, Maria; Stathatos, Elias; Boukos, Nikolaos

    2009-01-01

    Hybrid solar cells have been constructed by using nanocrystalline titania and hole-transporting polymers. Titania was deposited on fluorine-doped tin-oxide transparent electrodes in three layers: a blocking layer and two nanostructured layers, giving densely packed or open structures. Open...

  17. Surface Energy in Nanocrystalline Carbon Thin Films: Effect of Size Dependence and Atmospheric Exposure.

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    Kumar, Manish; Javid, Amjed; Han, Jeon Geon

    2017-03-14

    Surface energy (SE) is the most sensitive and fundamental parameter for governing the interfacial interactions in nanoscale carbon materials. However, on account of the complexities involved of hybridization states and surface bonds, achieved SE values are often less in comparison with their theoretical counterparts and strongly influenced by stability aspects. Here, an advanced facing-target pulsed dc unbalanced magnetron-sputtering process is presented for the synthesis of undoped and H/N-doped nanocrystalline carbon thin films. The time-dependent surface properties of the undoped and H/N-doped nanocrystalline carbon thin films are systematically studied. The advanced plasma process induced the dominant deposition of high-energy neutral carbon species, consequently controlling the intercolumnar spacing of nanodomain morphology and surface anisotropy of electron density. As a result, significantly higher SE values (maximum = 79.24 mJ/m(2)) are achieved, with a possible window of 79.24-66.5 mJ/m(2) by controlling the experimental conditions. The intrinsic (size effects and functionality) and extrinsic factors (atmospheric exposure) are resolved and explained on the basis of size-dependent cohesive energy model and long-range van der Waals interactions between hydrocarbon molecules and the carbon surface. The findings anticipate the enhanced functionality of nanocrystalline carbon thin films in terms of selectivity, sensitivity, and stability.

  18. Amino acid-assisted synthesis of strontium hydroxyapatite bone cement by a soft solution freezing method

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    D Gopi; S Nithiya; L Kavitha; J M F Ferreira

    2012-12-01

    Among many cations that can substitute for calcium in the structure of hydroxyapatite, strontium provokes an increasing interest because of its beneficial effect on bone formation and prevention of bone resorption. Strontium-incorporated calcium phosphates show potential in biomedical application, particularly the doped strontium may help in new bone formation. We have synthesized strontium hydroxyapatite powders at 2 °C by a soft solution freezing method using glycine as the template. The structural and morphological characterizations were carried out on the as obtained powders using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscopy techniques. Strontium was quantitatively incorporated into hydroxyapatite where its substitution for calcium provoked a linear shift of the infrared absorption bands of the hydroxyl and phosphate groups. The strontium substituted bone cement has potential for use in orthopaedic surgeries. The present study shows that the addition of glycine plays an important role in reducing the particle size of strontium hydroxyapatite which could be used for biomedical applications.

  19. Low-stress doped ultrananocrystalline diamond

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    Sumant, Anirudha V.; Buja, Federico; van Spengen, Willem Merlijn

    2016-10-25

    Nanocrystalline diamond coatings exhibit stress in nano/micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS). Doped nanocrstalline diamond coatings exhibit increased stress. A carbide forming metal coating reduces the in-plane stress. In addition, without any metal coating, simply growing UNCD or NCD with thickness in the range of 3-4 micron also reduces in-plane stress significantly. Such coatings can be used in MEMS applications.

  20. Bulk nano-crystalline alloys

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    T.-S. Chin; Lin, C. Y.; Lee, M.C.; R.T. Huang; S. M. Huang

    2009-01-01

    Bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) Fe–B–Y–Nb–Cu, 2 mm in diameter, were successfully annealed to become bulk nano-crystalline alloys (BNCAs) with α-Fe crystallite 11–13 nm in size. A ‘crystallization-and-stop’ model was proposed to explain this behavior. Following this model, alloy-design criteria were elucidated and confirmed successful on another Fe-based BMG Fe–B–Si–Nb–Cu, 1 mm in diameter, with crystallite sizes 10–40 nm. It was concluded that BNCAs can be designed in general by the proposed cr...

  1. Enhanced colloidal stability of hydroxyapatite

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    Borum, La Rhonda Terese

    Hydroxyapatite, Ca10(PO4)6(OH) 2 is the most thermodynamically stable calcium phosphate in physiological environments. Hence, it is the main inorganic mineral found in bone and teeth. Its colloidal stability, however, is poor because hydroxyapatite (HAp) particles exhibit sediment formation upon standing at short time periods, where agglomerates form and lead to non-homogeneous suspensions. Surface modification is a promising method to tailor the colloidal stability of hydroxyapatite for biomaterial applications. Three techniques to modify the HAp surface and enhance the colloidal stability of HAp were investigated. Modified particles were characterized by methods sensitive to surface chemistry changes, such as sedimentation studies, diffuse reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (DRIFT), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area, and electrophoresis. Sedimentation studies demonstrated how effective each technique was in improving the colloidal stability of hydroxyapatite particles. Electrophoresis provided information on electrostatic interactions within each system. The first technique entailed an esterification reaction of the HAp surface with dodecyl alcohol at elevated temperatures. DRIFT results showed that dodecyl groups from the alcohol replaced acidic hydroxyl and phosphate sites on the HAp surface, giving rise to enhanced colloidal stability through steric interactions in ethanol suspensions. TGA curves gave insight to the degree of esterification for the esterified particles. Higher reaction temperatures give rise to a higher degree of esterification resulting in better colloidal stability. The second technique applied a silica coating on the HAp surface by the hydrolysis of tetraethyl orthosilicate in ethanol. Silica was coated onto the HAp surface at 5--75 wt% loading amounts. A combination of acid dissolution and x-ray diffraction (XRD), along with BET showed that the silica coating is complete at 50 wt% silica loading. The silica coating

  2. Hydroxyapatite-magnetite-MWCNT nanocomposite as a biocompatible multifunctional drug delivery system for bone tissue engineering

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    Pistone, Alessandro; Iannazzo, Daniela; Panseri, Silvia; Montesi, Monica; Tampieri, Anna; Galvagno, Signorino

    2014-10-01

    New magnetic hydroxyapatite-based nanomaterials as bone-specific systems for controlled drug delivery have been synthesized. The synthesized hydroxyapatite, HA, decorated with magnetite nanoparticles by a deposition method (HA/Fe3O4) and the nanocomposite system obtained using magnetic multi-walled carbon nanotubes (HA/MWCNT/Fe3O4) as a filler for HA have been characterized by chemical and morphological analyses, and their biological behavior was investigated. The systems have also been doped with clodronate in order to combine the effect of bone biomineralization induced by hydroxyapatite-based composites with the decrease of osteoclast formation induced by the drug. An analysis of the preosteoclastic RAW264.7 cell proliferation by MTT assay confirmed the high biocompatibility of the three systems. TRAP staining of RAW 264.7 conditioned with sRAKL to induce osteoclastogenesis, cultured in the presence of the systems doped and undoped with clodronate, showed the inhibitory effect of clodronate after we counted the MNC TRAP+cells but only in the osteoclast formation; in particular, the system HA/Fe3O4-Clo exerted a high inhibitory effect compared to the drug alone. These results demonstrate that the synthesized nanocomposites are a biocompatible magnetic drug delivery system and can represent a useful multimodal platform for applications in bone tissue engineering.

  3. Sol-gel synthesis of hydroxyapatite; Sintese de hidroxiapatita via sol-gel

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    Zupanski, M.D.; Lucena, M.P.P.; Bergmann, C.P., E-mail: michelledunin@yahoo.com.b [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)

    2010-07-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAp) has been established as the calcium phosphate based compound with most applications in the biological field. Among the numerous techniques for synthesis of HAp, the sol-gel processing route affords great control over purity and formed phases using low processing temperatures. In addition, the sol-gel approach offers an option for homogeneous HAp coating on metal substrates, as well as the ability to generate nanocrystalline powders. In this work, the sol-gel synthesis of HAp was investigated employing triethyl phosphate and calcium nitrate tetrahydrate as phosphorous and calcium precursors, respectively. The aging effect on phase composition and powder morphology of the final product was studied in terms of temperature and aging time. The powders were studied by using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, particle size distribution by laser diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. (author)

  4. Ostrich eggshell as calcium source for the synthesis of hydroxyapatite and hydroxyapatite partially substituted with zinc

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    J. R. M. Ferreira

    Full Text Available Abstract In the present study, hydroxyapatite and Zn-substituted hydroxyapatite powders were synthesized using ostrich eggshell as a calcium source. The samples were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy with field emission gun, and X-ray diffraction (XRD to identify the present phases, and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy for quantitative chemical analysis of the synthesized and heat treated powders. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy technique was used before and after heat treatments at 700, 900 and 1100 °C in order to identify the functional groups present, as an additional technique to the XRD analysis. The results presented in this study represent a promising method for synthesis of hydroxyapatite and hydroxyapatite partially substituted with zinc, since the results showed no undesirable phases or impurities in the produced powders. It was observed that Zn-substituted hydroxyapatite showed higher thermal stability, when compared to pure hydroxyapatite.

  5. Ostrich eggshell as calcium source for the synthesis of hydroxyapatite and hydroxyapatite partially substituted with zinc

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    Ferreira, J.R.M.; Louro, L.H.L.; Costa, A.M.; Silva, M.H. Prado da [Instituto Militar de Engenharia (IME), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Campos, J.B. de, E-mail: josericardo@r-crio.com, E-mail: louro@ime.eb.br, E-mail: andrea@r-crio.com, E-mail: brantjose@gmail.com, E-mail: marceloprado@ime.eb.br [Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2016-10-15

    In the present study, hydroxyapatite and Zn-substituted hydroxyapatite powders were synthesized using ostrich eggshell as a calcium source. The samples were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy with field emission gun, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) to identify the present phases, and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy for quantitative chemical analysis of the synthesized and heat treated powders. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy technique was used before and after heat treatments at 700, 900 and 1100 °C in order to identify the functional groups present, as an additional technique to the XRD analysis. The results presented in this study represent a promising method for synthesis of hydroxyapatite and hydroxyapatite partially substituted with zinc, since the results showed no undesirable phases or impurities in the produced powders. It was observed that Zn-substituted hydroxyapatite showed higher thermal stability, when compared to pure hydroxyapatite. (author)

  6. Ultra-thin nanocrystalline diamond membranes as pressure sensors for harsh environments

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    Janssens, S. D., E-mail: stoffel.d.janssens@gmail.com; Haenen, K., E-mail: ken.haenen@uhasselt.be [Institute for Materials Research (IMO), Hasselt University, Wetenschapspark 1, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium); IMOMEC, IMEC vzw, Wetenschapspark 1, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium); Drijkoningen, S. [Institute for Materials Research (IMO), Hasselt University, Wetenschapspark 1, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium)

    2014-02-17

    Glass and diamond are suitable materials for harsh environments. Here, a procedure for fabricating ultra-thin nanocrystalline diamond membranes on glass, acting as an electrically insulating substrate, is presented. In order to investigate the pressure sensing properties of such membranes, a circular, highly conductive boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond membrane with a resistivity of 38 mΩ cm, a thickness of 150 nm, and a diameter of 555 μm is fabricated in the middle of a Hall bar structure. During the application of a positive differential pressure under the membrane (0–0.7 bar), four point piezoresistive effect measurements are performed. From these measurements, it can be concluded that the resistance response of the membrane, as a function of differential pressure, is highly linear and sensitive.

  7. Substituted hydroxyapatites with antibacterial properties.

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    Kolmas, Joanna; Groszyk, Ewa; Kwiatkowska-Różycka, Dagmara

    2014-01-01

    Reconstructive surgery is presently struggling with the problem of infections located within implantation biomaterials. Of course, the best antibacterial protection is antibiotic therapy. However, oral antibiotic therapy is sometimes ineffective, while administering an antibiotic at the location of infection is often associated with an unfavourable ratio of dosage efficiency and toxic effect. Thus, the present study aims to find a new factor which may improve antibacterial activity while also presenting low toxicity to the human cells. Such factors are usually implemented along with the implant itself and may be an integral part of it. Many recent studies have focused on inorganic factors, such as metal nanoparticles, salts, and metal oxides. The advantages of inorganic factors include the ease with which they can be combined with ceramic and polymeric biomaterials. The following review focuses on hydroxyapatites substituted with ions with antibacterial properties. It considers materials that have already been applied in regenerative medicine (e.g., hydroxyapatites with silver ions) and those that are only at the preliminary stage of research and which could potentially be used in implantology or dentistry. We present methods for the synthesis of modified apatites and the antibacterial mechanisms of various ions as well as their antibacterial efficiency.

  8. [Fracture of macroporous hydroxyapatite prosthesis].

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    Adetchessi, A T; Pech-Gourg, G; Metellus, P; Fuentes, S

    2012-12-01

    Different prosthesis implants are offered to perform a cranioplasty after a decompressive craniectomy when autologous bone graft cannot be used. The authors report the case of a 25-year-old man who benefited a unilateral decompressive craniectomy after a severe head trauma. Seven months later, a cranioplasty using custom macroporous hydroxyapatite prosthesis was performed. The postoperative course was marked by a generalized seizure leading to a traumatic head injury. The CT-scan showed a comminutive fracture of the prosthesis and an extradural hematoma. The patient underwent a removal of the fractured prosthesis and an evacuation of the extradural clot. The postoperative course was uneventful with a Glasgow outcome scale score at 5. A second cranioplasty using a polyether ether ketone (PEEK) implant was performed. Among cranioplasty prosthesis solutions, hydroxyapatite implants seem to have similar property to the bone. However, its weak mechanic resistance is an actual problem in patients susceptible to present generalized seizures with consecutive head impact. Hence, in patients with decompressive craniectomy who are exposed to potential brain injury, we favor the use of more resistant implant as PEEK prosthesis.

  9. Substituted Hydroxyapatites with Antibacterial Properties

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    Joanna Kolmas

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Reconstructive surgery is presently struggling with the problem of infections located within implantation biomaterials. Of course, the best antibacterial protection is antibiotic therapy. However, oral antibiotic therapy is sometimes ineffective, while administering an antibiotic at the location of infection is often associated with an unfavourable ratio of dosage efficiency and toxic effect. Thus, the present study aims to find a new factor which may improve antibacterial activity while also presenting low toxicity to the human cells. Such factors are usually implemented along with the implant itself and may be an integral part of it. Many recent studies have focused on inorganic factors, such as metal nanoparticles, salts, and metal oxides. The advantages of inorganic factors include the ease with which they can be combined with ceramic and polymeric biomaterials. The following review focuses on hydroxyapatites substituted with ions with antibacterial properties. It considers materials that have already been applied in regenerative medicine (e.g., hydroxyapatites with silver ions and those that are only at the preliminary stage of research and which could potentially be used in implantology or dentistry. We present methods for the synthesis of modified apatites and the antibacterial mechanisms of various ions as well as their antibacterial efficiency.

  10. Sintering behavior of ZnO:Al ceramics fabricated by sol-gel derived nanocrystalline powders

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    Bahsi, Z.B. [Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Gebze Institute of Technology, Kocaeli (Turkey); Aslan, M.H. [Dept. of Physics, Gebze Institute of Technology, Kocaeli (Turkey); Ozer, M. [Dept. of Physics, Istanbul Kultur University, Istanbul (Turkey); Oral, A.Y.

    2009-09-15

    ZnO:Al ceramics (Zn:Al, 0.95:0.05) were prepared by using sol-gel derived nanocrystalline powders. XRD patterns of the doped ceramics revealed the existence of both zincite (JCPDS 36-1451) and gahnite (JCPDS 5-0669) phases. Gahnite phase (ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}) was segregated along the ZnO grain boundaries. At the sintering temperature of 1200 C, relative density of the undoped and Al doped ceramics were measured as 0.695 and 0.628, respectively. Both grain size and relative density of the ceramics decreased with Al doping. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  11. Micromechanics Modeling of Fracture in Nanocrystalline Metals

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    Glaessgen, E. H.; Piascik, R. S.; Raju, I. S.; Harris, C. E.

    2002-01-01

    Nanocrystalline metals have very high theoretical strength, but suffer from a lack of ductility and toughness. Therefore, it is critical to understand the mechanisms of deformation and fracture of these materials before their full potential can be achieved. Because classical fracture mechanics is based on the comparison of computed fracture parameters, such as stress intlmsity factors, to their empirically determined critical values, it does not adequately describe the fundamental physics of fracture required to predict the behavior of nanocrystalline metals. Thus, micromechanics-based techniques must be considered to quanti@ the physical processes of deformation and fracture within nanocrystalline metals. This paper discusses hndamental physicsbased modeling strategies that may be useful for the prediction Iof deformation, crack formation and crack growth within nanocrystalline metals.

  12. Bilirubin adsorption on nanocrystalline titania films

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    Yang Zhengpeng [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Si Shihui [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)]. E-mail: sishihui@mail.csu.edu.cn; Fung Yingsing [Department of Chemistry, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China)

    2007-02-26

    Bilirubin produced from hemoglobin metabolism and normally conjugated with albumin is a kind of lipophilic endotoxin, and can cause various diseases when its concentration is high. Bilirubin adsorption on the nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} films was investigated using quartz crystal microbalance, UV-vis and IR techniques, and factors affecting its adsorption such as pH, bilirubin concentration, solution ionic strength, temperature and thickness of TiO{sub 2} films were discussed. The amount of adsorption and parameters for the adsorption kinetics were estimated from the frequency measurements of quartz crystal microbalance. A fresh surface of the nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} films could be photochemically regenerated because holes and hydroxyl radicals were generated by irradiating the nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} films with UV light, which could oxidize and decompose organic materials, and the nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} films can be easily regenerated when it is used as adsorbent for the removal of bilirubin.

  13. Doped Colloidal ZnO Nanocrystals

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    Yizheng Jin

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Colloidal ZnO nanocrystals are promising for a wide range of applications due to the combination of unique multifunctional nature and remarkable solution processability. Doping is an effective approach of enhancing the properties of colloidal ZnO nanocrystals in well-controlled manners. In this paper, we analyzed two synthetic strategies for the doped colloidal ZnO nanocrystals, emphasizing our understanding on the critical factors associated with the high temperature and nonaqueous approach. Latest advances of three topics, bandgap engineering, n-type doping, and dilute magnetic semiconductors related to doped ZnO nanocrystals were discussed to reveal the effects of dopants on the properties of the nanocrystalline materials.

  14. Charge Transfer in Nanocrystalline Semiconductor Electrodes

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    M. Bouroushian

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline electrodes in liquid junction devices possess a number of unique properties arising from their convoluted structure and the dimensions of their building units. The light-induced charge separation and transport in photoelectrochemical systems using nanocrystalline/nanoporous semiconductor electrodes is discussed here in connection with the basic principles of the (Schottky barrier theory. Recent models for charge transfer kinetics in normal and unipolar (dye-sensitized cells are reviewed, and novel concepts and materials are considered.

  15. Enhanced osteoconductivity of sodium-substituted hydroxyapatite by system instability.

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    Sang Cho, Jung; Um, Seung-Hoon; Su Yoo, Dong; Chung, Yong-Chae; Hye Chung, Shin; Lee, Jeong-Cheol; Rhee, Sang-Hoon

    2014-07-01

    The effect of substituting sodium for calcium on enhanced osteoconductivity of hydroxyapatite was newly investigated. Sodium-substituted hydroxyapatite was synthesized by reacting calcium hydroxide and phosphoric acid with sodium nitrate followed by sintering. As a control, pure hydroxyapatite was prepared under identical conditions, but without the addition of sodium nitrate. Substitution of calcium with sodium in hydroxyapatite produced the structural vacancies for carbonate ion from phosphate site and hydrogen ion from hydroxide site of hydroxyapatite after sintering. The total system energy of sodium-substituted hydroxyapatite with structural defects calculated by ab initio methods based on quantum mechanics was much higher than that of hydroxyapatite, suggesting that the sodium-substituted hydroxyapatite was energetically less stable compared with hydroxyapatite. Indeed, sodium-substituted hydroxyapatite exhibited higher dissolution behavior of constituent elements of hydroxyapatite in simulated body fluid (SBF) and Tris-buffered deionized water compared with hydroxyapatite, which directly affected low-crystalline hydroxyl-carbonate apatite forming capacity by increasing the degree of apatite supersaturation in SBF. Actually, sodium-substituted hydroxyapatite exhibited markedly improved low-crystalline hydroxyl-carbonate apatite forming capacity in SBF and noticeably higher osteoconductivity 4 weeks after implantation in calvarial defects of New Zealand white rabbits compared with hydroxyapatite. In addition, there were no statistically significant differences between hydroxyapatite and sodium-substituted hydroxyapatite on cytotoxicity as determined by BCA assay. Taken together, these results indicate that sodium-substituted hydroxyapatite with structural defects has promising potential for use as a bone grafting material due to its enhanced osteoconductivity compared with hydroxyapatite.

  16. Spectral analysis of allogeneic hydroxyapatite powders

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    Timchenko, P. E.; Timchenko, E. V.; Pisareva, E. V.; Vlasov, M. Yu; Red’kin, N. A.; Frolov, O. O.

    2017-01-01

    In this paper we discuss the application of Raman spectroscopy to the in vitro analysis of the hydroxyapatite powder samples produced from different types of animal bone tissue during demineralization process at various acid concentrations and exposure durations. The derivation of the Raman spectrum of hydroxyapatite is attempted by the analysis of the pure powders of its known constituents. Were experimentally found spectral features of hydroxyapatite, based on analysis of the line amplitude at wave numbers 950-965 cm-1 ((PO4)3- (ν1) vibration) and 1065-1075 cm-1 ((CO3)2-(ν1) B-type replacement). Control of physicochemical properties of hydroxyapatite was carried out by Raman spectroscopy. Research results are compared with an infrared Fourier spectroscopy.

  17. Does nanocrystalline silver have a transferable effect?

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    Nadworny, Patricia L; Landry, Breanne K; Wang, JianFei; Tredget, Edward E; Burrell, Robert E

    2010-01-01

    This study examined the mechanism of nanocrystalline silver antiinflammatory activity, and tested nanocrystalline silver for systemic antiinflammatory effects. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy of skin treated directly with nanocrystalline silver for 24 hours showed that at skin surfaces there were significant deposits at weights corresponding to Ag, AgO, AgCl, AgNO(3), Ag(2)O, and silver clusters Ag(2-6), but silver penetration was minimal. To test for translocation of the effect, a porcine contact dermatitis model in which wounds were induced on one side of the back and then treated with nanocrystalline silver on the opposite side of the back was used. Visual and histological data showed improvement relative to animals treated with saline only. Significantly increased induction of apoptosis in the inflammatory cells present in the dermis was observed with remote nanocrystalline silver treatments. In addition, immunohistochemical analysis showed decreased levels of proinflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-8, and increased levels of antiinflammatory cytokine interleukin-4, epidermal growth factor, keratinocyte growth factor, and keratinocyte growth factor-2. Thus, the antiinflammatory effects of nanocrystalline silver appear to be induced by interactions with cells in the top layers of the skin, which then release biological signals resulting in widespread antiinflammatory activity.

  18. Plastic deformation of nanocrystalline nickel

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    2009-01-01

    A high-resolution electron microscopy study has uncovered the plastic behavior of accommodating large strains in nanocrystalline (NC) Ni subject to cold rolling at liquid nitrogen temperature. The activation of grain-boundary-mediated-plasticity is evidenced in NC-Ni, including twinning and formation of stacking fault via partial dislocation slips from the grain boundary. The formation and storage of 60? full dislocations are observed inside NC-grains. The grain/twin boundaries act as the barriers of dislocation slips, leading to dislocation pile-up, severe lattice distortion, and formation of sub-grain boundary. The vicinity of grain/twin boundary is where defects preferentially accumulate and likely the favorable place for onset of plastic deformation. The present results indicate the heterogeneous and multiple natures of accommodating plastic strains in NC-grains.

  19. Plastic deformation of nanocrystalline nickel

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    WU XiaoLei

    2009-01-01

    A high-resolution electron microscopy study has uncovered the plastic behavior of accommodating large strains in nanocrystalline(NC)Ni subject to cold rolling at liquid nitrogen temperature.The acti vation of grain-boundary-mediated-plasticity is evidenced in NC-Ni,including twinning and formation of stacking fault via partial dislocation slips from the grain boundary.The formation and storage of 60° full dislocations are observed inside NC-grains.The grain/twin boundaries act as the barriers of dislocation slips,leading to dislocation pile-up,severe lattice distortion,and formation of sub-grain boundary.The vicinity of grain/twin boundary is where defects preferentially accumulate and likely the favorable place for onset of plastic deformation.The present results indicate the heterogeneous and multiple natures of accommodating plastic strains in NC-grains.

  20. Copper Doping Improves Hydroxyapatite Sorption for Arsenate in Simulated Groundwaters

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    2010-02-15

    Environ. Sci. Technol. , 000–000 10.1021/es9015734  XXXX American Chemical Society VOL. , NO. xx, XXXX / ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 9 A...9 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY / VOL. , NO. xx, XXXX where, [As]sorbed is the amount of arsenic sorbed to HAP or CuHAP, µmol/g-sorbent; [As...XXXX / ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 9 C release under the experimental conditions is the detection of elevated phosphorus concentration in water

  1. Nanocrystalline cellulose from coir fiber: preparation, properties, and applications

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    Nanocrystalline cellulose derived from various botanical sources offers unique and potentially useful characteristics. In principle, any cellulosic material can be considered as a potential source of a nanocrystalline material, including crops, crop residues, and agroindustrial wastes. Because of t...

  2. Hydroxyapatite microparticles as feedback-active reservoirs of corrosion inhibitors.

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    Snihirova, D; Lamaka, S V; Taryba, M; Salak, A N; Kallip, S; Zheludkevich, M L; Ferreira, M G S; Montemor, M F

    2010-11-01

    This work contributes to the development of new feedback-active anticorrosion systems. Inhibitor-doped hydroxyapatite microparticles (HAP) are used as reservoirs, storing corrosion inhibitor to be released on demand. Release of the entrapped inhibitor is triggered by redox reactions associated with the corrosion process. HAP were used as reservoirs for several inhibiting species: cerium(III), lanthanum(III), salicylaldoxime, and 8-hydroxyquinoline. These species are effective corrosion inhibitors for a 2024 aluminum alloy (AA2024), used here as a model metallic substrate. Dissolution of the microparticles and release of the inhibitor are triggered by local acidification resulting from the anodic half-reaction during corrosion of AA2024. Calculated values and experimentally measured local acidification over the aluminum anode (down to pH = 3.65) are presented. The anticorrosion properties of inhibitor-doped HAP were assessed using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The microparticles impregnated with the corrosion inhibitors were introduced into a hybrid silica-zirconia sol-gel film, acting as a thin protective coating for AA2024, an alloy used for aeronautical applications. The protective properties of the sol-gel films were improved by the addition of HAP, proving their applicability as submicrometer-sized reservoirs of corrosion inhibitors for active anticorrosion coatings.

  3. A preliminary study in osteoinduction by a nano-crystalline hydroxyapatite in the mini pig

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    Werner Götz

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available To test the probable osteoinductive properties of NanoBone®, a new highly non-sintered porous nano-crystallinehydroxylapatite bone substitute embedded into a silica gel matrix, granules were implanted subcutaneously and intramuscularlyinto the back region of 18 mini pigs. After periods of 5 and 10 weeks as well as 4 and 8 months, implantation siteswere investigated using histological and histomorphometric procedures. Signs of early osteogenesis could already be detectedafter 5 weeks. The later periods were characterized by increasing membranous osteogenesis in and around the granulesleading to the formation of bone-like structures showing periosteal and tendon-like structures with bone marrow and focalchondrogenesis. Bone formation was better in the subcutaneous than in the intramuscular implantation sites. This ectopicosteogenesis is discussed with regard to the nanoporosity and microporosity of the material, physico-chemical interactionsat its surface, the differentiation of osteoblasts, the role of angiogenesis and the probable involvement of growth factors. Theresults of this preliminary study indicate that this biomaterial has osteoinductive potential and induces the formation of bonestructures, mainly in subcutaneous adipose tissue in the pig.

  4. Development of functionalized hydroxyapatite/poly(vinyl alcohol) composites

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    Stipniece, Liga; Salma-Ancane, Kristine; Rjabovs, Vitalijs; Juhnevica, Inna; Turks, Maris; Narkevica, Inga; Berzina-Cimdina, Liga

    2016-06-01

    Based on the well-known pharmaceutical excipient potential of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and clinical success of hydroxyapatite (HAp), the objective of this work was to fabricate functionalized composite microgranules. PVA was modified with succinic anhydride to introduce carboxyl groups (-COOH), respectively, by reaction between the -OH groups of PVA and succinic anhydride, for attachment of drug molecules. For the first time, the functionalized composite microgranules containing HAp/PVA in the ratio of 1:1 were prepared through in situ precipitation of HAp in modified PVA aqueous solutions followed by spray drying of obtained suspensions. The microgranules were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The presence of -COOH groups was verified by FT-IR, and the amount of functional groups added to PVA molecules (averaging 15 mol%) was determined by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). DSC results showed that modification with -COOH groups slightly decreased the thermal stability of PVA. FT-IR and XRD analysis confirmed that the resulting composites contain mainly nanocrystalline HAp and PVA. Moreover, the images taken by FE-SEM revealed that the microgranules consisted of nanosized HAp crystallites homogenously embedded in the PVA matrix. DSC measurements indicated that decomposition mechanism of the HAp/PVA differs from that of pure PVA and occurs at lower temperatures. However, the presence of HAp had minor influence on the thermal decomposition of the PVA modified with succinic anhydride. The investigation of composite microgranules confirmed interaction and integration between the HAp and PVA.

  5. Nanocrystalline SnO2:F thin films for liquid petroleum gas sensors.

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    Chaisitsak, Sutichai

    2011-01-01

    This paper reports the improvement in the sensing performance of nanocrystalline SnO(2)-based liquid petroleum gas (LPG) sensors by doping with fluorine (F). Un-doped and F-doped tin oxide films were prepared on glass substrates by the dip-coating technique using a layer-by-layer deposition cycle (alternating between dip-coating a thin layer followed by a drying in air after each new layer). The results showed that this technique is superior to the conventional technique for both improving the film thickness uniformity and film transparency. The effect of F concentration on the structural, surface morphological and LPG sensing properties of the SnO(2) films was investigated. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction pattern measurements showed that the obtained thin films are nanocrystalline SnO(2) with nanoscale-textured surfaces. Gas sensing characteristics (sensor response and response/recovery time) of the SnO(2):F sensors based on a planar interdigital structure were investigated at different operating temperatures and at different LPG concentrations. The addition of fluorine to SnO(2) was found to be advantageous for efficient detection of LPG gases, e.g., F-doped sensors are more stable at a low operating temperature (300 °C) with higher sensor response and faster response/recovery time, compared to un-doped sensor materials. The sensors based on SnO(2):F films could detect LPG even at a low level of 25% LEL, showing the possibility of using this transparent material for LPG leak detection.

  6. Nanocrystalline SnO2:F Thin Films for Liquid Petroleum Gas Sensors

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    Sutichai Chaisitsak

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports the improvement in the sensing performance of nanocrystalline SnO2-based liquid petroleum gas (LPG sensors by doping with fluorine (F. Un-doped and F-doped tin oxide films were prepared on glass substrates by the dip-coating technique using a layer-by-layer deposition cycle (alternating between dip-coating a thin layer followed by a drying in air after each new layer. The results showed that this technique is superior to the conventional technique for both improving the film thickness uniformity and film transparency. The effect of F concentration on the structural, surface morphological and LPG sensing properties of the SnO2 films was investigated. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM and X-ray diffraction pattern measurements showed that the obtained thin films are nanocrystalline SnO2 with nanoscale-textured surfaces. Gas sensing characteristics (sensor response and response/recovery time of the SnO2:F sensors based on a planar interdigital structure were investigated at different operating temperatures and at different LPG concentrations. The addition of fluorine to SnO2 was found to be advantageous for efficient detection of LPG gases, e.g., F-doped sensors are more stable at a low operating temperature (300 °C with higher sensor response and faster response/recovery time, compared to un-doped sensor materials. The sensors based on SnO2:F films could detect LPG even at a low level of 25% LEL, showing the possibility of using this transparent material for LPG leak detection.

  7. Critical Analysis on the Structural and Magnetic Properties of Bulk and Nanocrystalline Cu-Fe-O

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    D. Paul Joseph

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline and bulk samples of “Fe”-doped CuO were prepared by coprecipitation and ceramic methods. Structural and compositional analyses were performed using X-ray diffraction, SEM, and EDAX. Traces of secondary phases such as CuFe2O4, Fe3O4, and α-Fe2O3 having peaks very close to that of the host CuO were identified from the Rietveld profile analysis and the SAED pattern of bulk and nanocrystalline Cu0.98Fe0.02O samples. Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM measurements show hysteresis at 300 K for all the samples. The ferrimagnetic Neel transition temperature ( was found to be around 465°C irrespective of the content of “Fe”, which is close to the value of cubic CuFe2O4. High-pressure X-Ray diffraction studies were performed on 2% “Fe”-doped bulk CuO using synchrotron radiation. From the absence of any strong new peaks at high pressure, it is evident that the secondary phases if present could be less than the level of detection. Cu2O, which is diamagnetic by nature, was also doped with 1% of “Fe” and was found to show paramagnetic behavior in contrast to the “Fe” doped CuO. Hence the possibility of intrinsic magnetization of “Fe”-doped CuO apart from the secondary phases is discussed based on the magnetization and charge state of “Fe” and the host into which it is substituted.

  8. The Effect of Zirconia in Hydroxyapatite on Staphylococcus epidermidis Growth

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    Widowati Siswomihardjo

    2012-01-01

    . Conclusion. The addition of zirconia into hydroxyapatite affected the growth of S. epidermidis. Hydroxyapatite with 20% zirconia proved to be an effective concentration to inhibit the growth of S. epidermidis colony.

  9. 锶含量对稀土Eu掺杂锶钙羟基磷灰石发光性能及取代位置的影响%Effect of Strontium on Luminescence Properties and Substitution Site of Eu Doped Sr-Ca-Hydroxyapatite

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    殷海荣; 刘晶; 乔荫颇; 李艳肖; 张攀; 周沁; 杨晨

    2016-01-01

    采用化学共沉淀法制备了一系列Sr含量不同的铕掺杂锶钙羟基磷灰石粉体(Ca10-x-Srx-HAp∶ Eu),通过X射线衍射(XRD)、荧光光谱以及发光能量传递等研究了锶含量对稀土掺杂锶钙羟基磷灰石结构、荧光性能和取代位置的影响.XRD分析表明,掺杂Eu对锶钙羟基磷灰石样品的结构无明显影响,而Sr含量增加会使得样品的结晶程度和晶面间距增大.光谱分析表明,在394 nm波长激发下,Ca10-x-Srx-HAp∶ Eu样品在596 nm和618 nm处的荧光强度随着Sr含量的增加先升高再降低,最强峰值出现在Ca3-Sr7-HAp∶ Eu样品中.同时,样品的荧光寿命随着Sr含量增加也出现相同的变化.此外,随着基体中Sr含量的增加,样品的电偶极跃迁与磁偶极跃迁强度比值(IR/Io)先增加后减小,而Eu荧光衰减过程中不同格点之间的能量传递参数(f)则先减小后增大,两者的转折点都出现在Ca3-Sr7-HAp∶ Eu样品中.实验表明:Eu在基质晶格中的取代位置受Sr在基质中含量和位置的影响,通过Sr/Ca比例的调节则可以使得Eu在基质中取代不同位点的比例变化进而获得可调节的荧光性能.%A series of Europium (Eu) and Strontium (Sr) codoped hydroxyapatite samples (Ca10-x-Srx-HAp∶ Eu) were designed and prepared using the chemical co-precipitation method.The crystalline structure,chemical composition and luminescent property of samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescent spectrum (PL).XRD patterns showed that Eu doping had little effect on the structure of the samples,while with the increase of Sr content,crystallinity and interplanar crystal spacing were increased.PL spectra indicate that the fluorescence intensity at 596 nm and 618 nm of Ca-Sr-HAp∶ Eu samples increased firstly and then decreased with increase of Sr content at 394 nm excitation,and the strongest peak appeared in the Ca3-Sr7-HAp∶ Eu samples.At the same time,the fluorescence lifetime of

  10. The effect of manganese oxide on the sinterability of hydroxyapatite

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The sinterability of manganese oxide (MnO2 doped hydroxyapatite (HA ranging from 0.05 to 1 wt% was investigated. Green samples were prepared and sintered in air at temperatures ranging from 1000 to 1400 °C. Sintered bodies were characterized to determine the phase stability, grain size, bulk density, hardness, fracture toughness and Young's modulus. XRD analysis revealed that the HA phase stability was not disrupted throughout the sintering regime employed. In general, samples containing less than 0.5 wt% MnO2 and when sintered at lower temperatures exhibited higher mechanical properties than the undoped HA. The study revealed that all the MnO2-doped HA achieved >99% relative density when sintered at 1100–1250 °C as compared to the undoped HA which could only attained highest value of 98.9% at 1150 °C. The addition of 0.05 wt% MnO2 was found to be most beneficial as the samples exhibited the highest hardness of 7.58 GPa and fracture toughness of 1.65 MPam1/2 as compared to 5.72 GPa and 1.22 MPam1/2 for the undoped HA when sintered at 1000 °C. Additionally, it was found that the MnO2-doped samples attained E values above 110 GPa when sintered at temperature as low as 1000 °C if compared to 1050 °C for the undoped HA.

  11. From nanoparticles to nanocrystalline bulk: percolation effects in field assisted sintering of silicon nanoparticles.

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    Schwesig, D; Schierning, G; Theissmann, R; Stein, N; Petermann, N; Wiggers, H; Schmechel, R; Wolf, D E

    2011-04-01

    Nanocrystalline bulk materials are desirable for many applications as they combine mechanical strength and specific electronic transport properties. Our bottom-up approach starts with tailored nanoparticles. Compaction and thermal treatment are crucial, but usually the final stage sintering is accompanied by rapid grain growth which spoils nanocrystallinity. For electrically conducting nanoparticles, field activated sintering techniques overcome this problem. Small grain sizes have been maintained in spite of consolidation. Nevertheless, the underlying principles, which are of high practical importance, have not been fully elucidated yet. In this combined experimental and theoretical work, we show how the developing microstructure during sintering correlates with the percolation paths of the current through the powder using highly doped silicon nanoparticles as a model system. It is possible to achieve a nanocrystalline bulk material and a homogeneous microstructure. For this, not only the generation of current paths due to compaction, but also the disintegration due to Joule heating is required. The observed density fluctuations on the micrometer scale are attributed to the heat profile of the simulated powder networks.

  12. From nanoparticles to nanocrystalline bulk: percolation effects in field assisted sintering of silicon nanoparticles

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    Schwesig, D; Wolf, D E [Department of Physics and Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CeNIDE), University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany); Schierning, G; Theissmann, R; Stein, N; Petermann, N; Wiggers, H; Schmechel, R [Faculty of Engineering and Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CeNIDE), University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)

    2011-04-01

    Nanocrystalline bulk materials are desirable for many applications as they combine mechanical strength and specific electronic transport properties. Our bottom-up approach starts with tailored nanoparticles. Compaction and thermal treatment are crucial, but usually the final stage sintering is accompanied by rapid grain growth which spoils nanocrystallinity. For electrically conducting nanoparticles, field activated sintering techniques overcome this problem. Small grain sizes have been maintained in spite of consolidation. Nevertheless, the underlying principles, which are of high practical importance, have not been fully elucidated yet. In this combined experimental and theoretical work, we show how the developing microstructure during sintering correlates with the percolation paths of the current through the powder using highly doped silicon nanoparticles as a model system. It is possible to achieve a nanocrystalline bulk material and a homogeneous microstructure. For this, not only the generation of current paths due to compaction, but also the disintegration due to Joule heating is required. The observed density fluctuations on the micrometer scale are attributed to the heat profile of the simulated powder networks.

  13. Continuous microwave flow synthesis of mesoporous hydroxyapatite

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    Akram, Muhammad; Alshemary, Ammar Z.; Goh, Yi-Fan; Wan Ibrahim, Wan Aini [Department of Chemistry, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johor (Malaysia); Lintang, Hendrik O. [Centre for Sustainable Nanomaterials (CSNano), Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johor (Malaysia); Hussain, Rafaqat, E-mail: rafaqat@kimia.fs.utm.my [Centre for Sustainable Nanomaterials (CSNano), Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johor (Malaysia)

    2015-11-01

    We have successfully used continuous microwave flow synthesis (CMFS) technique for the template free synthesis of mesoporous hydroxyapatite. The continuous microwave flow reactor consisted of a modified 2.45 GHz household microwave, peristaltic pumps and a Teflon coil. This cost effective and efficient system was exploited to produce semi-crystalline phase pure nano-sized hydroxyapatite. Effect of microwave power, retention time and the concentration of reactants on the phase purity, degree of crystallinity and surface area of the final product was studied in detail. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) were used to study the phase purity and composition of the product, while transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used to study the effect of process parameters on the morphology of hydroxyapatite. The TEM analysis confirmed the formation of spherical particles at low microwave power; however the morphology of the particles changed to mesoporous needle and rod-like structure upon exposing the reaction mixture to higher microwave power and longer retention time inside the microwave. The in-vitro ion dissolution behavior of the as synthesized hydroxyapatite was studied by determining the amount of Ca{sup 2+} ion released in SBF solution. - Highlights: • Continuous microwave flow synthesis method was used to prepare hydroxyapatite. • Increase in microwave power enhanced the degree of crystallinity. • TEM images confirmed the presence of mesopores on the surface of HA.

  14. Fabrication and characterization of hydroxyapatite/Al2O3 biocomposite coating on titanium

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    WU Zhen-jun; HE Li-ping; CHEN Zong-zhang

    2006-01-01

    A novel biocomposite coating of hydroxyapatite/Al2O3 was fabricated on titanium using a multi-step technique including physical vapor deposition(PVD), anodization, electrodeposition and hydrothermal treatment. Anodic Al2O3 layer with micrometric pore diameter was formed by anodization of the PVD-deposited aluminum film on titanium and subsequent removal of part barrier Al2O3 layer. Hydroxyapatite coating was then electrodeposited onto the as-synthesized anodic Al2O3 on titanium. A hydrothermal process was finally applied to the fabricated biocomposite coating on titanium in alkaline medium. Scanning electron microscopy(SEM), energy dispersive spectrometry(EDS) and X-ray diffractometry(XRD) were employed to investigate the morphologies and compositions of the pre- and post-hydrothermally treated hydroxyapatite/Al2O3 biocomposite coatings. The results show that micrometric plate-like Ca-deficient hydroxyapatite (CDHA) coatings are directly electrodeposited onto anodic Al2O3 at constant current densities ranging from 1.2 to 2.0 mA/cm2 using NaH2PO4 as the phosphorous source. After hydrothermal treatment,the micrometric plate-like CDHA coating electrodeposited at 2.0 mA/cm2 is converted into nano-network Ca-rich hydroxyapatite (CRHA) one and the adhesion strength is improved from 9.5 MPa to 21.3 MPa. A mechanism of dissolution-recrystallization was also proposed for the formation of CRHA.

  15. Gd doping effect on structural, electrical and magnetic properties of ZnO thin films synthesized by sol-gel spin coating technique

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    Kumar, Sanjeev; Thangavel, Rajalingam

    2017-03-01

    Nanocrystalline Gd-doped ZnO thin films were deposited on sapphire (0001) substrates using sol-gel spin coating technique. The structural and optical properties of deposited thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and micro Raman spectroscopy. Structural and optical studies show that the doped Gd ions occupy Zn sites retaining the wurtzite symmetry. Photoluminescence (PL) studies reveal the presence of oxygen vacancies in Gd doped ZnO thin films. The resistivity of Gd doped ZnO thin film decreases with increase in Gd doping upto 4%. Gd-doped ZnO films demonstrate weak magnetic ordering at room temperature.

  16. Bioactive Surface Modification of Hydroxyapatite

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    Yasuhiko Abe

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to establish an acid-etching procedure for altering the Ca/P ratio of the nanostructured surface of hydroxyapatite (HAP by using surface chemical and morphological analyses (XPS, XRD, SEM, surface roughness, and wettability and to evaluate the in vitro response of osteoblast-like cells (MC3T3-E1 cells to the modified surfaces. This study utilized HAP and HAP treated with 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%, or 60% phosphoric acid solution for 10 minutes at 25°C, followed by rinsing 3 times with ultrapure water. The 30% phosphoric acid etching process that provided a Ca/P ratio of 1.50, without destruction of the grain boundary of HAP, was selected as a surface-modification procedure. Additionally, HAP treated by the 30% phosphoric acid etching process was stored under dry conditions at 25°C for 12 hours, and the Ca/P ratio approximated to 1.00 accidentally. The initial adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation (alkaline phosphatase (ALP activity and relative mRNA level for ALP of MC3T3-E1 cells on the modified surfaces were significantly promoted (P<0.05 and 0.01. These findings show that the 30% phosphoric acid etching process for the nanostructured HAP surface can alter the Ca/P ratio effectively and may accelerate the initial adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation of MC3T3-E1 cells.

  17. Fluorescent Labeling of Nanometer Hydroxyapatite

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    Yuan ZHANG; Yuan YUAN; Changsheng LIU

    2008-01-01

    A novel surface treatment method using 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (AMPTES), was developed to immobilize the fluorescein molecule on nano-HAP (nanometer hydroxyapatite) powders. By pretreating the nano-HAP powders surface with AMPTES, fluorescein, chosen on the basis of the chemical structure of the nano- HAP powders, could be bound to the nano-HAP powders surface. The chemical compositions of nano-HAP before and after being labeled were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The morphology, phase composition, and the fluorescence characteristics of the nano-HAP powders with and without staining were also investigated. The FTIR and XPS results revealed that fiuorescein had been successfully immobilized on the surface of AMPTES-bound nano-HAP powders via the acylamide bond formation between the -COOH of fluorescein and the -NH2 of AMPTES. The labeled nano-HAP powders possessed strong fluorescent intensity with a little deviation from the maximum emission wavelength of fluorescein. But the morphology and phase composition had no obvious alteration. Under fluorescence microscopy, the labeled nano-HAP powders., even after 24 h cell incubation, exhibited strong fluorescence.

  18. Surface Features of Nanocrystalline Alloys

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    Marcel Miglierini

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline alloys are prepared by controlled annealing of metallic glass precursors. The latter are obtained by rapid quenching of a melt on a rotating wheel. This process leads to structural deviation of the produced ribbons’ surfaces. Structural features of as-quenched and thermally annealed 57Fe81Mo8Cu1B10 ribbons were studied employing Conversion Electron Mössbauer Spectrometry (CEMS and Conversion X-ray Mössbauer Spectrometry (CXMS. Enrichment of the alloy’s composition in 57Fe helped in identification of surface crystallites that were formed even during the production process. Magnetite and bcc-Fe were found at the wheel side of the as-quenched ribbons whereas only bcc-Fe nanocrystals were uncovered at the opposite air side. Accelerated formation of bcc-Fe was observed in this side of the ribbons after annealing. The relative content of magnetite at the wheel side was almost stable in near surface areas (CEMS and in more deep subsurface regions (CXMS. It vanished completely after annealing at 550 °C. No magnetite was observed at the air side of the ribbons regardless the annealing temperature and/or depth of the scanned regions.

  19. Combustion synthesis of bulk nanocrystalline iron alloys

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    Licai Fu

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The controlled synthesis of large-scale nanocrystalline metals and alloys with predefined architecture is in general a big challenge, and making full use of these materials in applications still requires greatly effort. The combustion synthesis technique has been successfully extended to prepare large-scale nanocrystalline metals and alloys, especially iron alloy, such as FeC, FeNi, FeCu, FeSi, FeB, FeAl, FeSiAl, FeSiB, and the microstructure can be designed. In this issue, recent progress on the synthesis of nanocrystalline metals and alloys prepared by combustion synthesis technique are reviewed. Then, the mechanical and tribological properties of these materials with microstructure control are discussed.

  20. Combustion synthesis of bulk nanocrystalline iron alloys

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    Licai Fu; Jun Yang; Weimin Liu

    2016-01-01

    The controlled synthesis of large-scale nanocrystalline metals and alloys with predefined architecture is in general a big challenge, and making full use of these materials in applications still requires greatly effort. The combustion synthesis technique has been successfully extended to prepare large-scale nanocrystalline metals and alloys, especially iron alloy, such as FeC, FeNi, FeCu, FeSi, FeB, FeAl, FeSiAl, FeSiB, and the microstructure can be designed. In this issue, recent progress on the synthesis of nanocrystalline metals and alloys prepared by combustion synthesis technique are reviewed. Then, the mechanical and tribological properties of these materials with microstructure control are discussed.

  1. Properties and Application of Nanocrystalline Poly (vinyl chloride)

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    Chuanxi XIONG; Hong YANG; Lijie DONG; Qihong LIU; Qingmin LIU

    2004-01-01

    The structure and properties of nanocrystalline PVC were investigated. The crystalline region of nanocrystalline PVC was observed by TEM to be 80 nm. The melting point of nanocrystalline PVC was found to be 128℃ which is obviously lower than typical PVC (210℃). The X-ray diagram indicated that the crystal existed in nanocrystalline PVC. The evident effect of self-plasticizing and reinforcement appeared when nanocrystalline PVC was added. The optimum amount for self-plasticizing is about 10%. The maximal impact strength of 95.1 kJ/m2 was achieved by adding 20% nanocrystalline PVC and tensile strength with 56.2 MPa which was 122% of pure PVC was obtained after adding 5% nanocrystalline PVC.

  2. Combustion synthesis of bulk nanocrystalline iron alloys

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    Licai Fu; Jun Yang; Weimin Liu

    2016-01-01

    The controlled synthesis of large-scale nanocrystalline metals and alloys with predefined architecture is in general a big challenge, and making full use of these materials in applications still requires greatly effort. The combustion synthesis technique has been successfully extended to prepare large-scale nanocrystalline metals and alloys, especially iron alloy, such as FeC, FeNi, FeCu, FeSi, FeB, FeAl, FeSiAl, FeSiB, and the microstructure can be designed. In this issue, recent progress on...

  3. Ultrafast Terahertz Conductivity of Photoexcited Nanocrystalline Silicon

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    Cooke, David; MacDonald, A. Nicole; Hryciw, Aaron;

    2007-01-01

    The ultrafast transient ac conductivity of nanocrystalline silicon films is investigated using time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy. While epitaxial silicon on sapphire exhibits a free carrier Drude response, silicon nanocrystals embedded in glass show a response that is best described by a class......The ultrafast transient ac conductivity of nanocrystalline silicon films is investigated using time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy. While epitaxial silicon on sapphire exhibits a free carrier Drude response, silicon nanocrystals embedded in glass show a response that is best described...

  4. Chemical Bath Deposition of PbS:Hg2+ Nanocrystalline Thin Films

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    R. Palomino-Merino

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline PbS thin films were prepared by Chemical Bath Deposition (CBD at 40 ± 2°C onto glass substrates and their structural and optical properties modified by in-situ doping with Hg. The morphological changes of the layers were analyzed using SEM and the X-rays spectra showing growth on the zinc blende (ZB face. The grain size determined by using X-rays spectra for undoped samples was found to be ~36 nm, whereas with the doped sample was 32–20 nm. Optical absorption spectra were used to calculate the Eg, showing a shift in the range 1.4–2.4 eV. Raman spectroscopy exhibited an absorption band ~135 cm−1 displaying only a PbS ZB structure.

  5. Characterization of nanocrystalline ZnO:Al films by sol-gel spin coating method

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    Gareso, P. L., E-mail: pgareso@gmail.com; Rauf, N., E-mail: pgareso@gmail.com; Juarlin, E., E-mail: pgareso@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Hasanuddin University, Makassar 90245 (Indonesia); Sugianto,; Maddu, A. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Bogor Institute of Culture, IPB Bogor (Indonesia)

    2014-09-25

    Nanocrystalline ZnO films doped with aluminium by sol-gel spin coating method have been investigated using optical transmittance UV-Vis and X-ray diffraction (X-RD) measurements. ZnO films were prepared using zinc acetate dehydrate (Zn(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 2}@@‡2H{sub 2}O), ethanol, and diethanolamine (DEA) as a starting material, solvent, and stabilizer, respectively. For doped films, AlCl{sub 3} was added to the mixture. The ZnO:Al films were deposited on a transparent conductive oxide (TCO) substrate using spin coating technique at room temperature with a rate of 3000 rpm in 30 sec. The deposited films were annealed at various temperatures from 400°C to 600°C during 60 minutes. The transmittance UV-Vis measurement results showed that after annealing at 400°C, the energy band gap profile of nanocrystalline ZnO:Al film was a blue shift. This indicated that the band gap of ZnO:Al increased after annealing due to the increase of crystalline size. As the annealing temperature increased the bandgap energy was a constant. In addition to this, there was a small oscillation occurring after annealing compared to the as–grown samples. In the case of X-RD measurements, the crystalinity of the films were amorphous before annealing, and after annealing the crystalinity became enhance. Also, X-RD results showed that structure of nanocrystalline ZnO:Al films were hexagonal polycrystalline with lattice parameters are a = 3.290 Å and c = 5.2531 Å.

  6. Study of erbium (Ⅲ) doped titanium dioxide nanoparticles by photoacoustic spectroscopy

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    汪海燕; 杨跃涛; 刘晓峻; 张淑仪

    2010-01-01

    Nanocrystalline titania as photocatalyst has attracted considerable attention for its potential use in environmental cleaning.Recently,lanthanide ions doped titania samples have been shown to increase the photocatalytic efficiency of selected reactions.In this work,TiO2 nanoparticles doped with Er3+ were prepared via an ultrasonic assisted sol-gel method.The optical properties of the samples were determined by photoacoustic(PA) spectroscopy.It was found that the absorption edge shifted to lower wavelength w...

  7. Ostrich eggshell as calcium source for the synthesis of hydroxyapatite and hydroxyapatite partially substituted with zinc

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    Ferreira,J. R. M.; Louro,L. H. L; Costa, A.M.; Campos,J. B; Prado da Silva,M. H.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract In the present study, hydroxyapatite and Zn-substituted hydroxyapatite powders were synthesized using ostrich eggshell as a calcium source. The samples were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy with field emission gun, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) to identify the present phases, and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy for quantitative chemical analysis of the synthesized and heat treated powders. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy technique was used before and after heat trea...

  8. Bioactive nanocrystalline wollastonite synthesized by sol–gel combustion method by using eggshell waste as calcium source

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    U Anjaneyulu; S Sasikumar

    2014-04-01

    The sol–gel combustion method was employed to synthesize the nanocrystalline wollastonite by taking the raw eggshell powder as a calcium source and TEOS as a source of silicate. Glycine was used as a reductant or fuel and nitrate ions present in metal nitrate acts as an oxidizer. The phase purity of the wollastonite was analysed by powder XRD and the product is found to contain single-phasic wollastonite. FT–IR spectrum shows the characteristic peaks of the functional groups present in the wollastonite. SEM images show that particles are agglomerated and the particle size is found to be in the nanoregime. The calcination temperature was optimized based on the thermal analysis of the precursor. The bioactivity of wollastonite was investigated by immersing the scaffold in a simulated body fluid for 15 days at 37°C and intermediate analysis of the surface by XRD shows the deposition of hydroxyapatite layer after 5 days.

  9. Reactive plasma synthesis of nanocrystalline ceramic oxides

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    Sreekumar, K. P.; Vijay, M.; Thiyagarajan, T. K.; Krishnan, K.; Ananthapadmanabhan, P. V.

    2010-02-01

    Reactive plasma synthesis is an attractive route to synthesize nanocrystalline materials. A 40 kW DC non-transferred arc plasma reactor has been designed and developed in our laboratory for synthesis of nanocrystalline materials. The main components of the plasma reactor include a 40 kW DC plasma generator or plasma torch, water-cooled reactor segment, product collection facility, DC power supply, cooling-water system and exhaust gas vent. The system has been used to synthesize nano-crystalline oxides of aluminium, titanium and zirconium. Aluminium metal powder was used as the starting material to synthesize alumina. The hydrides of Ti and Zr were used as the precursor for synthesis of nanocrystalline titania and zirconia respectively. The precursor powders were injected into the thermal plasma jet and were allowed to react with oxygen injected downstream the jet. The precursor powder particles were oxidized 'in-flight' to form nano-sized powder of the respective metal, which deposited on the walls of the reactor and collector assembly. Various analytical tools were used to characterized the products.

  10. Multiphase Nanocrystalline Ceramic Concept for Nuclear Fuel

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    Mecartnery, Martha [Univ. of California, Irvine, CA (United States); Graeve, Olivia [Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (United States); Patel, Maulik [Univ. of Liverpool (United Kingdom)

    2017-05-25

    The goal of this research is to help develop new fuels for higher efficiency, longer lifetimes (higher burn-up) and increased accident tolerance in future nuclear reactors. Multiphase nanocrystalline ceramics will be used in the design of simulated advanced inert matrix nuclear fuel to provide for enhanced plasticity, better radiation tolerance, and improved thermal conductivity

  11. [A new hydroxyapatite cement for craniofacial surgery].

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    Pistner, H; Reuther, J; Reinhart, E; Kübler, N; Priessnitz, B

    1998-05-01

    A new stoechiometric mixture of 27% dicalcium-phosphate (DCPA) and 73% tetra-calcium-phosphate (TTCP) can be prepared with water intraoperatively to a paste that subsequently sets to a structurally stabile implant composed of hydroxyapatite (HA). Primary setting time is about 20 min; pH during setting ranges from 6.5 to 8.5. There is no relevant curing heat or expansion or contraction. Compressive strength is about 50 MPa, tensile strength about 8 MPa. Over a period of about 4 h in physiological milieu, the cement converts to hydroxyapatite. This product is no longer redissolvable in normal body fluid. This cement can be used for non-load-bearing applications especially in craniofacial bone surgery. Cranial defects due to tumour or trauma as well as deficits in the facial skeleton may be reconstructed using this new biomaterial. In nine of ten patients we used the hydroxyapatite cement successfully for reconstructions in the craniofacial area. Fluid control of the operation field and implant site is extremely important and sometimes difficult to achieve. Further applications could be all non-load-bearing augmentations such as filling of blocked paranasal sinuses, of dentoalveolar cysts and defects following dental apectomy or fixation of implanted hearing-aid electrodes. The perspectives for the hydroxyapatite cement include its application as a carrier for osteogenic protein preparations, especially because of its isothermic reaction and intrinsic osteoconductive characteristics.

  12. Continuous microwave flow synthesis of mesoporous hydroxyapatite.

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    Akram, Muhammad; Alshemary, Ammar Z; Goh, Yi-Fan; Wan Ibrahim, Wan Aini; Lintang, Hendrik O; Hussain, Rafaqat

    2015-11-01

    We have successfully used continuous microwave flow synthesis (CMFS) technique for the template free synthesis of mesoporous hydroxyapatite. The continuous microwave flow reactor consisted of a modified 2.45GHz household microwave, peristaltic pumps and a Teflon coil. This cost effective and efficient system was exploited to produce semi-crystalline phase pure nano-sized hydroxyapatite. Effect of microwave power, retention time and the concentration of reactants on the phase purity, degree of crystallinity and surface area of the final product was studied in detail. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) were used to study the phase purity and composition of the product, while transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used to study the effect of process parameters on the morphology of hydroxyapatite. The TEM analysis confirmed the formation of spherical particles at low microwave power; however the morphology of the particles changed to mesoporous needle and rod-like structure upon exposing the reaction mixture to higher microwave power and longer retention time inside the microwave. The in-vitro ion dissolution behavior of the as synthesized hydroxyapatite was studied by determining the amount of Ca(2+) ion released in SBF solution.

  13. Optical Properties of ZnO-Alloyed Nanocrystalline Films

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    Hui Che

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnO is emerging as one of the materials of choice for UV applications. It has a deep excitonic energy level and a direct bandgap of ~3.4 eV. Alloying ZnO with certain atomic constituents adds new optical and electronic functionalities to ZnO. This paper presents research on MgxZn1−xO and ZnS1−xOx nanocrystalline flexible films, which enable tunable optical properties in the deep-UV and in the visible range. The ZnO and Mg0.3Zn0.7O films were found to have bandgaps at 3.35 and 4.02 eV, respectively. The photoluminescence of the Mg0.3Zn0.7O exhibited a bandedge emission at 3.95 eV, and at lower energy 3.38 eV due to the limited solubility inherent to these alloys. ZnS0.76O0.24 and ZnS0.16O0.84 were found to have bandgaps at 3.21 and 2.65 eV, respectively. The effect of nitrogen doping on ZnS0.16O0.84 is discussed in terms of the highly lattice mismatched nature of these alloys and the resulting valence-band modification.

  14. Lattice strain induced magnetism in substituted nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite

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    Kumar, Rajnish; Kar, Manoranjan

    2016-10-01

    Strontium (Sr) substituted cobalt ferrite i.e. Co1-xSrxFe2O4 (x=0.00, 0.01, 0.015, 0.02, 0.05, 0.1) have been synthesized by the citric acid modified sol-gel method. Crystal structure and phase purity have been studied by the X-ray powder diffraction technique. The Rietveld refinement of XRD pattern using the space group Fd 3 bar m shows monotonically increasing of lattice parameter with the increase in Sr concentration. Magnetic hysteresis loops measurement has been carried out at room temperature using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) over a field range of ±1.5 T. Magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant were calculated by employing the Law of Approach (LA) to the saturation. It is observed that magnetocrystalline anisotropy has anomaly for x=0.01 (Co0.99Sr0.01Fe2O4) sample. Strain mediated modification of magnetic properties in Sr substituted cobalt ferrite has been observed. The saturation magnetization for doping concentration i.e. x=0.01 abruptly increase while for x>0.01 decreases with the increase in Sr concentration. A correlation between lattice strain and magnetic behavior in non-magnetic Sr- substituted nano-crystalline cobalt ferrite has been reported.

  15. Photoluminescence of Eu2+ Doped ZnS Nanocrystals

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    LIU Shu-Man; GUO Hai-Qing; ZHANG Zhi-Hua; LIU Feng-Qi; WANG Zhan-Guo

    2000-01-01

    Eu2+ doped ZnS nanocrystals exhibit new luminescence properties because of the enlarged energy gap of nanocrys talline ZnS host due to quantum confinement effects. Photoluminescence emission at about 520nm from Eu2+ doped ZnS nanocrystals at room temperature is investigated by using photoluminescence emission and excitation spectroscopy. Such green emission with long lifetime (ms) is proposed to be a result of excitation, ionization, carriers recapture and recombination via Eu2+ centers in nanocrystalline ZnS host.

  16. Microwave-assisted additive free synthesis of nanocrystalline zinc oxide

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    Bhatte, Kushal D.; Tambade, Pawan; Fujita, Shin-ichiro; Arai, Masahiko; Bhalchandra M. Bhanage

    2010-01-01

    An additive free synthesis of nanocrystalline zinc oxide using microwave technique is reported. Current methodology is faster, cleaner and cost effective compared with conventional method for the synthesis of zinc oxide nanocrystalline materials. The structure and morphology of nanocrystalline zinc oxide was investigated by TEM, XRD, EDAX, UV-Vis spectroscopy. The results demonstrate that microwave heating can produce polygonal zinc oxide within a short span of time.

  17. Local electrical and dielectric properties of nanocrystalline solid oxide fuel cell electrolytes

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    Perry, Nicola Helen

    Reducing the operating temperature of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), to improve durability and lower cost, requires an increase in the low temperature oxygen-ion conductivity of the electrolyte. This work investigates whether the electrolyte conductivity could be increased by decreasing the grain size into the nanoscale. Bulk electrolytes - cubic yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ, with 8mol% Y2O3), tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (TZP, with 3mol% Y2O3), and Sr- and Mg- co-doped LaGaO3 (LSGM) - were fabricated with grain sizes ranging from 10nm to 3mum, using commercial or sol-gel-derived nanopowders and various sintering techniques. Local grain boundary and grain core conductivities and dielectric constants were analyzed over a range of temperatures and atmospheres using AC-impedance spectroscopy and our novel nano-Grain Composite Model, and interpreted in terms of grain-size dependent defect chemistry (e.g. space charge models, local thermodynamics, and impurity/ acceptor segregation). All three oxides exhibited qualitatively similar electrical/ dielectric behavior. Their single crystal/ grain core dielectric constants exhibited an upturn with temperature, which was attributed to the onset of dipolar relaxation. Grain boundary dielectric constants were consistently higher than grain core dielectric constants at the nanoscale. n-GCM-derived electrical grain boundary half-widths agreed well with measured acceptor dopant segregation widths at grain boundaries. The local grain boundary conductivity was consistently increased in nanocrystalline vs. microcrystalline samples, although the mechanisms responsible for this behavior differed in each material. Grain core conductivity did not change with grain size in each case. Despite the increase in local grain boundary conductivity at the nanoscale, the total conductivity decreased monotonically with decreasing grain size in all three electrolytes; the grain boundaries remain barriers to transport (relative to grain cores

  18. Structural and magnetic properties of bulk nanocrystalline Erbium metal

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    Ming Yue

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Bulk nanocrystalline Erbium metals were prepared via Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS and subsequent annealing process. The nanocrystalline Er metals have the same hexagonal close packed structure as that of coarse-grained sample. Decrease in grain size results in remarkable changes in the three magnetic ordering temperatures of the nanocrystalline Er metal. At 5 K, the magnetization drops by 10.9%, while the coercivity increases by 4 times for nanocrystalline Er compared with those of coarse-grained sample. These results indicate the remarkable influence of the nanostructure on the magnetism of Er due to finite size effect.

  19. Microstructure of Bioglass/Hydroxyapatite Coatings on Ti Substrate

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    2001-01-01

    Composite coatings of bioglass and hydroxyapatite (briefly named HA/BG) with different hydroxyapatite contents on titanium substrate were successfully fabricated. The fabricated coatings are characterized by rough and poriform surface. The densities of the coatings decrease with the increase of HA content. There is a transition layer with a 5 μm thickness between the BG coating and the substrate. During heat-treatment, hydroxyapatite crystals with hexastyle shape have precipitated from the BG.

  20. Enhanced magnetodielectric and multiferroic properties of Er-doped bismuth ferrite nanoparticles

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    Mukherjee, A.; Banerjee, M. [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur 713209 (India); Basu, S., E-mail: soumen.basu@phy.nitdgp.ac.in [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur 713209 (India); Mukadam, M.D.; Yusuf, S.M. [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Pal, M. [CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata 700032 (India)

    2015-07-15

    An enhancement in multiferroic properties has been achieved for chemically prepared BFO nanoparticles by doping with erbium (Er). XRD along with electron microscopy study reveals the phase purity and nanocrystalline nature of BFO. Enhancement of both the magnetic moment and resistivity is observed by virtue of Er doping. The observed enhanced magnetic moment is considered to be associated with smaller crystallite whereas increase of resistivity may be attributed to a decrease of oxygen vacancies. Doping also display an improvement of leakage behaviour and dielectric constant in nanocrystalline BFO, reflected in well-developed P-E loop. In addition, large enhancement in magnetodielectric coefficient is observed because of Er doping. Therefore, the results provide interesting approaches to improve the multiferroic properties of BFO, which has great implication towards its applications. - Highlights: • Synthesis of pure Er-doped BFO nanoparticles by chemical route. • Large increase in magnetic moment and resistivity due to Er doping. • Er doping produce well developed P-E loop and enhance polarization. • Drastic increase in dielectric constant as well as magnetodielectric coefficient observes because of Er doping.

  1. Microemulsion-based synthesis of nanocrystalline materials.

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    Ganguli, Ashok K; Ganguly, Aparna; Vaidya, Sonalika

    2010-02-01

    Microemulsion-based synthesis is found to be a versatile route to synthesize a variety of nanomaterials. The manipulation of various components involved in the formation of a microemulsion enables one to synthesize nanomaterials with varied size and shape. In this tutorial review several aspects of microemulsion based synthesis of nanocrystalline materials have been discussed which would be of interest to a cross-section of researchers working on colloids, physical chemistry, nanoscience and materials chemistry. The review focuses on the recent developments in the above area with current understanding on the various factors that control the structure and dynamics of microemulsions which can be effectively used to manipulate the size and shape of nanocrystalline materials.

  2. New Nanocrystalline Materials for Power Electronics Applications

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    Jan Bydzovsky

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available New nanocrystalline materials for the applications in the power electronics systems are developed and tested.These materials are intended to be used in the magnetic circuits of switching-mode power supplies (SMPS. The aim was toachieve extremely low hysteresis and non-linearity in operating region resulting in increased efficiency and decreased weightand size whilst keeping low price of the high-power frequency converters for SMPS.

  3. New Nanocrystalline Materials for Power Electronics Applications

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    Jan Bydzovsky; Jozef Kuchta; Elemir Usak; Peter Svec

    2008-01-01

    New nanocrystalline materials for the applications in the power electronics systems are developed and tested. These materials are intended to be used in the magnetic circuits of switching-mode power supplies (SMPS). The aim was to achieve extremely low hysteresis and non-linearity in operating region resulting in increased efficiency and decreased weight and size whilst keeping low price of the high-power frequency converters for SMPS.

  4. Quantized Nanocrystalline CdTe Thin Films

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    2001-01-01

    Nanocrystalline CdTe thin films were prepared by asymmetric rectangular pulse electrodeposition in organic solution at 110°C. STM image shows a porous network morphology constructed by interconnected spherical CdTe crystallites with a mean diameter of 4.2 nm. A pronounced size quantization was indicated in the action and absorption spectra. Potentials dependence dual conductive behavior was revealed in the photocurrent-potential (I-V) curves.

  5. The catalytic degradation of dye wastewater by Fe-ZnO nanocrystalline%纳米Fe-ZnO晶体光催化降解染料废水

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    弓莹; 刘慧瑾; 高雯雯; 焦玉荣

    2016-01-01

    Fe-ZnO nanocrystalline was prepared in the EtOH-H2 O solution by the NAC-FAS process,and Fe-ZnO nanocrystalline was characterized by XRD and SEM and ultraviolet-visible spectrometer with the structure and optical properties .The results show that:with the increase of Fe doping ratio ,the photocata-lytic activity of Fe-ZnO is increased , and photocatalytic activity of Fe-ZnO nanocrystalline was the best with the proportion of Fe ion is 9%.Photocatalytic activity of Fe-ZnO nanocrystalline was increased with photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange under the common action with H 2 O2 and Fe-ZnO nanocrystal-line .Fe-ZnO nanocrystalline ’ s photocatalytic properties was better than others with photocatalytic degra-dation of methyl orange when mass concentration of Fe-ZnO is 10 g/L.%采用NAC-FAS工艺在醇水溶液中制备了纳米Fe-ZnO晶体,利用XRD、SEM和UV-Vis等方法对样品的结构及光学性能进行了表征。结果表明,随着Fe掺杂比例的增加Fe-ZnO的光催化活性增加,当Fe掺杂比例为9%时的纳米Fe-ZnO晶体光催化活性最优。双氧水和纳米Fe-ZnO晶体协同作用下可以增加对甲基橙的降解率,纳米Fe-ZnO晶体的质量浓度为10 g/L时对甲基橙的降解率最佳。

  6. Reactive hydroxyapatite fillers for pectin biocomposites.

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    Munarin, Fabiola; Petrini, Paola; Barcellona, Giulia; Roversi, Tommaso; Piazza, Laura; Visai, Livia; Tanzi, Maria Cristina

    2014-12-01

    In this work, a novel injectable biocomposite hydrogel is produced by internal gelation, using pectin as organic matrix and hydroxyapatite either as crosslinking agent and inorganic reinforcement. Tunable gelling kinetics and rheological properties are obtained varying the hydrogels' composition, with the final aim of developing systems for cell immobilization. The reversibility by dissolution of pectin-hydroxyapatite hydrogels is achieved with saline solutions, to possibly accelerate the release of the cells or active agents immobilized. Texture analysis confirms the possibility of extruding the biocomposites from needles with diameters from 20 G to 30 G, indicating that they can be implanted with minimally-invasive approaches, minimizing the pain during injection and the side effects of the open surgery. L929 fibroblasts entrapped in the hydrogels survive to the immobilization procedure and exhibit high cell viability. On the overall, these systems result to be suitable supports for the immobilization of cells for tissue regeneration applications.

  7. Hydroxyapatite Fibers: A Review of Synthesis Methods

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    Qi, Mei-Li; He, Kun; Huang, Zhen-Nan; Shahbazian-Yassar, Reza; Xiao, Gui-Yong; Lu, Yu-Peng; Shokuhfar, Tolou

    2017-08-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) exhibits excellent biocompatibility, bioactivity, osteoconductivity, non-toxicity and so on, making it a perfect candidate for biomedical applications. However, HA is not qualified to be used in load-bearing sites due to its poor flexural strength and fracture toughness. Design, synthesis and application of fibrous HA is a promising strategy to overcome the inherent brittleness. This review provides a brief description of HA and hydroxyapatite fiber (HAF), then introduces different synthesis methods of HAF and highlights the inherent merits and drawbacks involved in each method. Finally, the future perspectives in this active research area are given. The purpose of this review is to acquaint the reader with this promising new field of biomaterials research and with emphasis on recent techniques to obtain continuous, uniform and long HAF.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of carbonate hydroxyapatite.

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    Merry, J C; Gibson, I R; Best, S M; Bonfield, W

    1998-12-01

    Substituted apatite ceramics are of clinical interest as they offer the potential to improve the bioactive properties of implants. Carbonate hydroxyapatite (CHA) has been synthesized by an aqueous precipitation method and precipitates with two different levels of carbonate, processed as powders. Sintering experiments were performed to establish the influence of carbonate in significantly reducing the temperature required to prepare high-density ceramics when compared with stoichiometric hydroxyapatite (HA). High-temperature X-ray diffraction was used to characterize the phase stability of the apatites on sintering. Increasing carbonate content was shown to reduce the temperature at which decomposition occurred, to phases of CaO and beta-TCP. Mechanical testing, performed using biaxial flexure, showed that the CHA specimens had strengths similar to stoichiometric HA. Copyright 1998 Kluwer Academic Publishers

  9. Crystal structure and luminescent properties of nanocrystalline YAG and YAG:Nd synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Zhydachevskii, Ya.; Syvorotka, I. I.; Vasylechko, L.; Sugak, D.; Borshchyshyn, I. D.; Luchechko, A. P.; Vakhula, Ya. I.; Ubizskii, S. B.; Vakiv, M. M.; Suchocki, A.

    2012-10-01

    The work describes results of synthesis of undoped and Nd-doped YAG nanopowders by sol-gel method using different complexing agents (ethylene glycol and citric acid) and characterization of the material by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, photoluminescence and thermoluminescence techniques. Utilization of citrate sol-gel procedure using yttrium and aluminum nitrate nonahydrates as starting substances allowed to obtain highly stoichiometric and non-defected YAG and YAG:Nd nanocrystalline samples with good luminescence performance and low radiation storage efficiency.

  10. Low doping concentration studies of doped PVA-Coumarin nanocomposite films

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    Tripathi, J.; Tripathi, S.; Bisen, R.; Sharma, A.; Choudhary, A.; Shripathi, T.

    2016-05-01

    The observations of combination of Poly (vinyl) alcohol and Coumarin properties in nanocmposite films are reported. The X-ray diffraction measurements reveal nanocrystalline nature of PVA film, which remains nanocrystalline after doping Coumarin but along with PVA peaks, additional peak due to dopant crystallinity is seen. The absorption edge shows a double edge feature, where distinct bandgaps for PVA host and dopant Coumarin are obtained. However at a higher doping wt % of 1 and 2, the absorption is mainly dominated by Coumarin and single absorption edge is observed giving a bandgap equal to that of bulk Coumarin (3.3 eV). The composite formation affects the bonding of host drastically and is seen through the bond modification in FTIR spectra. The results suggest that doping below 2 wt% is advantageous as combination of PVA and Coumarin properties are obtained but at 2 wt %, the properties are dominated by mainly Coumarin and the signature of PVA from optical properties is completely lost.

  11. PREPARATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF BAMBOO NANOCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE

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    Mengjiao Yu,

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC has many potential applications because of its special properties. In this paper, NCC was prepared from bamboo pulp. Bamboo pulp was first pretreated with sodium hydroxide, followed by hydrolysis with sulfuric acid. The concentration of sulfuric acid and the hydrolysis time on the yield of NCC were studied. The results showed that sulfuric acid concentration had larger influence than the hydrolysis time on the yield of NCC. When the temperature was 50oC, the concentration of sulfuric acid was 48wt% and the reaction time was 30 minutes, a high quality of nanocrystalline cellulose was obtained; under these conditions, the length of the nanocrystalline cellulose ranged from 200 nm to 500 nm, the diameter was less than 20 nm, the yield was 15.67wt%, and the crystallinity was 71.98%, which is not only higher than those of cellulose nanocrystals prepared from some non-wood materials, but also higher than bamboo cellulose nanocrystals prepared by other methods.

  12. Preparation and Instability of Nanocrystalline Cuprous Nitride.

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    Reichert, Malinda D; White, Miles A; Thompson, Michelle J; Miller, Gordon J; Vela, Javier

    2015-07-06

    Low-dimensional cuprous nitride (Cu3N) was synthesized by nitridation (ammonolysis) of cuprous oxide (Cu2O) nanocrystals using either ammonia (NH3) or urea (H2NCONH2) as the nitrogen source. The resulting nanocrystalline Cu3N spontaneously decomposes to nanocrystalline CuO in the presence of both water and oxygen from air at room temperature. Ammonia was produced in 60% chemical yield during Cu3N decomposition, as measured using the colorimetric indophenol method. Because Cu3N decomposition requires H2O and produces substoichiometric amounts of NH3, we conclude that this reaction proceeds through a complex stoichiometry that involves the concomitant release of both N2 and NH3. This is a thermodynamically unfavorable outcome, strongly indicating that H2O (and thus NH3 production) facilitate the kinetics of the reaction by lowering the energy barrier for Cu3N decomposition. The three different Cu2O, Cu3N, and CuO nanocrystalline phases were characterized by a combination of optical absorption, powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and electronic density of states obtained from electronic structure calculations on the bulk solids. The relative ease of interconversion between these interesting and inexpensive materials bears possible implications for catalytic and optoelectronic applications.

  13. Hydroxyapatite-enhanced tibial prosthetic fixation.

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    Toksvig-Larsen, S; Jorn, L P; Ryd, L; Lindstrand, A

    2000-01-01

    Sixty-two knees (60 patients) were randomized to four noncemented groups. In Groups 1, 3, and 4, the bone cuts were made with a cooled saw blade. In Group 1, 15 patients were operated on with the porous coated Osteonic 7000 tibial component. In Group 2, 15 patients were operated on with the same tibial component as in Group 1 but with the use of a standard saw blade. In Group 3, 16 patients were operated on with the hydroxyapatite-coated Osteonic tibial component, and in Group 4, 16 patients were operated on with the hydroxyapatite Duracon tibial component. All patients were followed up clinically and with roentgenstereometric analysis. There were no differences among the groups regarding clinical outcome. One knee was revised (Group 2) after 1 year because of loosening of the tibial component. The maximum migration at 1 year was 1.7 mm in Group 1, 1.9 mm in Group 2, 1.3 mm in Group 3, and 1 mm in Group 4. At the 2-year followup, the migrations were 1.8 mm, 1.5 mm, 1.4 mm, and 1 mm in Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4, respectively. The inducible displacement that occurred at 1 year was 0.6 mm in Group 1, 0.5 mm in Group 2, 0.4 mm in Group 3, and 0.4 mm in Group 4. The hydroxyapatite coating had a strong positive effect on the tibial component fixation. No prosthesis in the hydroxyapatite groups showed continuous migration.

  14. Adsorption of benzoxaboroles on hydroxyapatite phases

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    Pizzoccaro, Marie-Alix; Nikel, Ondrej; Sene, Saad; Philippe, Coralie; Mutin, Hubert,; Bégu, Sylvie; Vashishth, Deepak; Laurencin, Danielle

    2016-01-01

    International audience; Benzoxaboroles are a family of molecules that are finding an increasing number of applications in the biomedical field, particularly as a “privileged scaffold” for the design of new drugs. Here, for the first time, we determine the interaction of these molecules with hydroxyapatites, in view of establishing (i) how benzoxaborole drugs may adsorb onto biological apatites, as this could impact on their bioavailability, and (ii) how apatite-based materials can be used for...

  15. Evolving application of biomimetic nanostructured hydroxyapatite

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    Norberto Roveri

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Norberto Roveri, Michele IafiscoLaboratory of Environmental and Biological Structural Chemistry (LEBSC, Dipartimento di Chimica ‘G. Ciamician’, Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna, Bologna, ItalyAbstract: By mimicking Nature, we can design and synthesize inorganic smart materials that are reactive to biological tissues. These smart materials can be utilized to design innovative third-generation biomaterials, which are able to not only optimize their interaction with biological tissues and environment, but also mimic biogenic materials in their functionalities. The biomedical applications involve increasing the biomimetic levels from chemical composition, structural organization, morphology, mechanical behavior, nanostructure, and bulk and surface chemical–physical properties until the surface becomes bioreactive and stimulates cellular materials. The chemical–physical characteristics of biogenic hydroxyapatites from bone and tooth have been described, in order to point out the elective sides, which are important to reproduce the design of a new biomimetic synthetic hydroxyapatite. This review outlines the evolving applications of biomimetic synthetic calcium phosphates, details the main characteristics of bone and tooth, where the calcium phosphates are present, and discusses the chemical–physical characteristics of biomimetic calcium phosphates, methods of synthesizing them, and some of their biomedical applications.Keywords: hydroxyapatite, nanocrystals, biomimetism, biomaterials, drug delivery, remineralization

  16. [Generalized periarthritis calcarea (generalized hydroxyapatite disease)].

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    Müller, W; Bahous, I

    1979-09-01

    The condition of generalized periarthritis calcarea (hydroxyapatite deposition disease) is characterised by multiple periarticular calcification which can be localised around practically any joint and also in proximity to the spine. This calcification consists of hydroxyapatite crystals which are responsible for the episodes of acute, subacute or chronic periarticular or articular inflammation so typical of the condition. Because of this one can classify periarthritis calcarea along with gout and chondrocalcinosis in the group of crystal deposition diseases. The actual cause of the calcification remains unknown but it is probable that, along with hereditary factors, disturbances in metabolism play an important role. The diagnosis of generalised periarthritis is made from the characteristic X-ray picture in conjunction with the clinical findings and, on occasion, the demonstration of hydroxyapatite crystals in the affected tissues. In the differential diagnosis gout, chondrocalcinosis, various inflammatory rheumatic conditions and septic arthritis must be excluded and various calcification processes, particularly interstitial calcinosis and lipocal cinogranulomatosis, must also be considered. Since the etiology of the calcification remains unknown to specific treatment is available. Symptomatic treatment with colchicine is mostly inadequate which is why one often has recourse to the use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids.

  17. Preparation and crystallization control of nanoparticle hydroxyapatite

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    Lianfeng Guo; Wenguang Zhang; Chengtao Wang

    2004-01-01

    Nanoparticle hydroxyapatite was prepared by a wet chemical precipitation method. The effects of different synthesis conditions, I.e. Contents of reagents (0.2, 0.5 and 0.8 mol/L), reaction temperatures (20, 37, 55 and 75℃) and reaction time (0-24 h),were studied based on crystallization process analysis and the effects of washing methods (with water or alcohol) were also studied.Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron diffraction (ED) and inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy (ICP) were used to characterize the powders. Chemical analysis shows that the purity of the precipitated hydroxyapatite largely depends on reaction time. X-ray diffraction and TEM micrographs results show that reaction temperature is a key factor affecting crystallinity, morphology and particle size. Degree of supersaturation and stirring also affects the crystallization. Particles are in a shape of short rod and have a size of 20-40 nm in length at 20℃ and 37℃,but acicular morphology and a size of 150-170 nm in length at 75C. Particles are monocrystalline at 20℃ and 37℃, and are polycrystalline at 55℃ and 75℃. The results show that stoichiometry hydroxyapatite with controlled particle size, morphology and crystallinity can be obtained by carefully controlling the reaction conditions.

  18. Hydrogen production by photocatalytic ethanol reforming using Eu- and S-doped anatase

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    Puskelova, Jarmila [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, 842 15 Bratislava (Slovakia); Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, 26500 Patras (Greece); Michal, Robert [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, 842 15 Bratislava (Slovakia); Caplovicova, Maria [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, 842 15 Bratislava (Slovakia); Center STU for Nanodiagnostics, University Research Park, Slovak University of Technology, Vazovova 5, 812 43 Bratislava (Slovakia); Antoniadou, Maria [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, 26500 Patras (Greece); Caplovic, Lubomir [Institute of Materials Science, Faculty of Materials Science and Technology, Slovak University of Technology, Paulínska 16, Trnava (Slovakia); Plesch, Gustav, E-mail: plesch@fns.uniba.sk [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, 842 15 Bratislava (Slovakia); Lianos, Panagiotis, E-mail: lianos@upatras.gr [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, 26500 Patras (Greece); FORTH/ICE-HT, P.O. Box 1414, 26504 Patras (Greece)

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    Pure or S- and Eu-doped nanocrystalline titania has been synthesized by precipitation in aqueous solutions of TiSO{sub 4} in the presence of urea. Spherical aggregates were formed made of nanoparticles of size ranging between 33 and 46 nm. The samples were calcined at 700–750 °C and this allowed for making materials with high degree of crystallinity. Doping preserved the anatase phase and allowed for a substantial value of specific surface in spite of the high temperature annealing. The photocatalytic capacity of doped and undoped samples was monitored by photocatalytic alcohol reforming and hydrogen production. Only samples co-doped with Pt nanoparticles produced hydrogen. Doping with either S, Eu or both gave much more efficient photocatalysts than the undoped samples. The superiority of doped samples is assigned to a larger specific surface and to the impeding of electron–hole recombination in that case.

  19. Physical properties of Fe doped Mn3O4 thin films synthesized by SILAR method and their antibacterial performance against E. coli

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    Nanocrystalline Fe doped Mn3O4 thin films were deposited by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method onto glass substrates. The X-ray diffraction study revealed that Fe doped Mn3O4 films are nanocrystalline in nature. The morphological investigations were carried out by using field emission scanning electron and atomic force microscopy studies. The optical absorption measurements showed that Mn3O4 films exhibit direct band gap energy of the order of 2.78 eV and it increased to 2....

  20. Fabrication of lanthanum doped yttria transparent ceramics

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    HUANG YiHua; JIANG DongLiang; ZHANG JingXian; LIN QingLing

    2009-01-01

    Yttria nanocrystalline powder doped with 9% lanthanum was synthesized by co-precipitation method using ammonia for pH adjusting. After calcinations, finer particles with narrow distribution and large surface area were obtained. After dry pressing, samples were sintered at 1500℃-1700℃ for 4 h in vacuum to produce transparent polycrystalline ceramics with uniform grains. Samples with 9 mol%lanthanum were transparent in visible light after being sintered at 1500℃ for 4 h. The grain sizes increased with lanthanum doping compared with those of pure yttria transparent ceramic sintered at the same conditions. Relative density of the transparent ceramic was 99.7%. The in-line transmittance was 73% at 580 nm wavelength after milling and polishing.

  1. Electronic transport in mixed-phase hydrogenated amorphous/nanocrystalline silicon thin films

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    Wienkes, Lee Raymond

    Interest in mixed-phase silicon thin film materials, composed of an amorphous semiconductor matrix in which nanocrystalline inclusions are embedded, stems in part from potential technological applications, including photovoltaic and thin film transistor technologies. Conventional mixed-phase silicon films are produced in a single plasma reactor, where the conditions of the plasma must be precisely tuned, limiting the ability to adjust the film and nanoparticle parameters independently. The films presented in this thesis are deposited using a novel dual-plasma co-deposition approach in which the nanoparticles are produced separately in an upstream reactor and then injected into a secondary reactor where an amorphous silicon film is being grown. The degree of crystallinity and grain sizes of the films are evaluated using Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction respectively. I describe detailed electronic measurements which reveal three distinct conduction mechanisms in n-type doped mixed-phase amorphous/nanocrystalline silicon thin films over a range of nanocrystallite concentrations and temperatures, covering the transition from fully amorphous to ~30% nanocrystalline. As the temperature is varied from 470 to 10 K, we observe activated conduction, multiphonon hopping (MPH) and Mott variable range hopping (VRH) as the nanocrystal content is increased. The transition from MPH to Mott-VRH hopping around 100K is ascribed to the freeze out of the phonon modes. A conduction model involving the parallel contributions of these three distinct conduction mechanisms is shown to describe both the conductivity and the reduced activation energy data to a high accuracy. Additional support is provided by measurements of thermal equilibration effects and noise spectroscopy, both done above room temperature (>300 K). This thesis provides a clear link between measurement and theory in these complex materials.

  2. Solid state consolidation nanocrystalline copper-tungsten using cold spray

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    Hall, Aaron Christopher [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Sarobol, Pylin [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Argibay, Nicolas [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Clark, Blythe [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Diantonio, Christopher [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-09-01

    It is well known that nanostructured metals can exhibit significantly improved properties compared to metals with conventional grain size. Unfortunately, nanocrystalline metals typically are not thermodynamically stable and exhibit rapid grain growth at moderate temperatures. This severely limits their processing and use, making them impractical for most engineering applications. Recent work has shown that a number of thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline metal alloys exist. These alloys have been prepared as powders using severe plastic deformation (e.g. ball milling) processes. Consolidation of these powders without compromise of their nanocrystalline microstructure is a critical step to enabling their use as engineering materials. We demonstrate solid-state consolidation of ball milled copper-tantalum nanocrystalline metal powder using cold spray. Unfortunately, the nanocrystalline copper-tantalum powder that was consolidated did not contain the thermodynamically stable copper-tantalum nanostructure. Nevertheless, this does this demonstrates a pathway to preparation of bulk thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline copper-tantalum. Furthermore, it demonstrates a pathway to additive manufacturing (3D printing) of nanocrystalline copper-tantalum. Additive manufacturing of thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline metals is attractive because it enables maximum flexibility and efficiency in the use of these unique materials.

  3. Photoacoustic study of nanocrystalline silicon produced by mechanical grinding

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    Poffo, C.M. [Departamento de Engenharia Mecanica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Campus Universitario Trindade, C.P. 476, 88040-900 Florianopolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Lima, J.C. de, E-mail: fsc1jcd@fisica.ufsc.b [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Campus Trindade, C.P. 476, 88040-900 Florianopolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Souza, S.M.; Triches, D.M. [Departamento de Engenharia Mecanica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Campus Universitario Trindade, C.P. 476, 88040-900 Florianopolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Grandi, T.A. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Campus Trindade, C.P. 476, 88040-900 Florianopolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Biasi, R.S. de [Secao de Engenharia Mecanica e de Materiais, Instituto Militar de Engenharia, 22290-270 Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

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    Mechanical grinding (MG) was used to produce nanocrystalline silicon and its thermal and transport properties were investigated by photoacoustic absorption spectroscopy (PAS). The experimental results suggest that in as-milled nanocrystalline silicon for 10 h the heat transfer through the crystalline and interfacial components is similar, and after annealed at 470 {sup o}C the heat transfer is controlled by crystalline component.

  4. The influence of Ca/P ratio on the properties of hydroxyapatite bioceramics

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    Ramesh, S.; Tan, C. Y.; Hamdi, M.; Sopyan, I.; Teng, W. D.

    2007-07-01

    The paper reports on the effect of Ca/P ratio (1.57, 1.67 and 1.87) on the densification behaviour of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HA) prepared by a chemical precipitation method. Green compacts were prepared and sintered at temperatures ranging from 1000°C to 1350°C. The sintered samples were characterized to determine the HA phase stability, bulk density, hardness, fracture toughness and Young's modulus. XRD analysis revealed that the phase stability was not disrupted throughout the sintering regime employed for HA having Ca/P ratio of 1.57 and 1.67. However, secondary phases were observed for HA having a Ca/P ratio of 1.87 when sintered at high temperatures. In general, regardless of Ca/P ratio, the HA bodies achieved > 95% relative density when sintered at 1100°C-1250°C. The results indicated that the stoichiometric HA (Ca/P ratio = 1.67) exhibited the overall best properties, with the highest hardness of 7.23 GPa and fracture toughness of 1.28 MPam1/2 being attained when sintered at 1000°C-1050°C.

  5. Control of the pore architecture in three-dimensional hydroxyapatite-reinforced hydrogel scaffolds

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    Roman, Jesus; Cabanas, MarIa Victoria; Pena, Juan; Vallet-RegI, MarIa, E-mail: vallet@farm.ucm.es [Departamento de Quimica Inorganica y Bioinorganica, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad Complutense, 28040-Madrid (Spain)

    2011-08-15

    Hydrogels (gellan or agarose) reinforced with nanocrystalline carbonated hydroxyapatite (nCHA) were prepared by the GELPOR3D technique. This simple method is characterized by compositional flexibility; it does not require expensive equipment, thermal treatment, or aggressive or toxic solvents, and yields a three-dimensional (3D) network of interconnected pores 300-900 {mu}m in size. In addition, an interconnected porosity is generated, yielding a hierarchical porous architecture from the macro to the molecular scale. This porosity depends on both the drying/preservation technology (freeze drying or oven drying at 37 deg. C) and on the content and microstructure of the reinforcing ceramic. For freeze-dried samples, the porosities were approximately 30, 66 and below 3% for pore sizes of 600-900 {mu}m, 100-200 {mu}m and 50-100 nm, respectively. The pore structure depends much on the ceramic content, so that higher contents lead to the disappearance of the characteristic honeycomb structure observed in low-ceramic scaffolds and to a lower fraction of the 100-200-{mu}m-sized pores. The nature of the hydrogel did not affect the pore size distribution but was crucial for the behavior of the scaffolds in a hydrated medium: gellan-containing scaffolds showed a higher swelling degree owing to the presence of more hydrophilic groups.

  6. A nano-hydroxyapatite--pullulan/dextran polysaccharide composite macroporous material for bone tissue engineering.

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    Fricain, Jean Christophe; Schlaubitz, Silke; Le Visage, Catherine; Arnault, Isabelle; Derkaoui, Sidi Mohammed; Siadous, Robin; Catros, Sylvain; Lalande, Charlotte; Bareille, Reine; Renard, Martine; Fabre, Thierry; Cornet, Sandro; Durand, Marlène; Léonard, Alain; Sahraoui, Nouredine; Letourneur, Didier; Amédée, Joëlle

    2013-04-01

    Research in bone tissue engineering is focused on the development of alternatives to allogenic and autologous bone grafts that can stimulate bone healing. Here, we present scaffolds composed of the natural hydrophilic polysaccharides pullulan and dextran, supplemented or not with nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite particles (nHA). In vitro studies revealed that these matrices induced the formation of multicellular aggregates and expression of early and late bone specific markers with human bone marrow stromal cells in medium deprived of osteoinductive factors. In absence of any seeded cells, heterotopic implantation in mice and goat, revealed that only the composite macroporous scaffold (Matrix + nHA) (i) retained subcutaneously local growth factors, including Bone Morphogenetic Protein 2 (BMP2) and VEGF165, (ii) induced the deposition of a biological apatite layer, (iii) favored the formation of a dense mineralized tissue subcutaneously in mice, as well osteoid tissue after intramuscular implantation in goat. The composite scaffold was thereafter implanted in orthotopic preclinical models of critical size defects, in small and large animals, in three different bony sites, i.e. the femoral condyle of rat, a transversal mandibular defect and a tibial osteotomy in goat. The Matrix + nHA induced a highly mineralized tissue in the three models whatever the site of implantation, as well as osteoid tissue and bone tissue regeneration in direct contact to the matrix. We therefore propose this composite matrix as a material for stimulating bone cell differentiation of host mesenchymal stem cells and bone formation for orthopedic and maxillofacial surgical applications.

  7. In-vivo behavior of Si-hydroxyapatite/polycaprolactone/DMB scaffolds fabricated by 3D printing.

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    Meseguer-Olmo, Luis; Vicente-Ortega, Vicente; Alcaraz-Baños, Miguel; Calvo-Guirado, José Luis; Vallet-Regí, María; Arcos, Daniel; Baeza, Alejandro

    2013-07-01

    Scaffolds made of polycaprolactone and nanocrystalline silicon-substituted hydroxyapatite have been fabricated by 3D printing rapid prototyping technique. To asses that the scaffolds fulfill the requirements to be considered for bone grafting applications, they were implanted in New Zealand rabbits. Histological and radiological studies have demonstrated that the scaffolds implanted in bone exhibited an excellent osteointegration without the interposition of fibrous tissue between bone and implants and without immune response after 4 months of implantation. In addition, we have evaluated the possibility of improving the scaffolds efficiency by incorporating demineralized bone matrix during the preparation by 3D printing. When demineralized bone matrix (DBM) is incorporated, the efficacy of the scaffolds is enhanced, as new bone formation occurs not only in the peripheral portions of the scaffolds but also within its pores after 4 months of implantation. This enhanced performance can be explained in terms of the osteoinductive properties of the DBM in the scaffolds, which have been assessed through the new bone tissue formation when the scaffolds are ectopically implanted.

  8. Control of the pore architecture in three-dimensional hydroxyapatite-reinforced hydrogel scaffolds

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    Jesús Román, María Victoria Cabañas, Juan Peña and María Vallet-Regí

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Hydrogels (gellan or agarose reinforced with nanocrystalline carbonated hydroxyapatite (nCHA were prepared by the GELPOR3D technique. This simple method is characterized by compositional flexibility; it does not require expensive equipment, thermal treatment, or aggressive or toxic solvents, and yields a three-dimensional (3D network of interconnected pores 300–900 μm in size. In addition, an interconnected porosity is generated, yielding a hierarchical porous architecture from the macro to the molecular scale. This porosity depends on both the drying/preservation technology (freeze drying or oven drying at 37 circleC and on the content and microstructure of the reinforcing ceramic. For freeze-dried samples, the porosities were approximately 30, 66 and below 3% for pore sizes of 600–900 μm, 100–200 μm and 50–100 nm, respectively. The pore structure depends much on the ceramic content, so that higher contents lead to the disappearance of the characteristic honeycomb structure observed in low-ceramic scaffolds and to a lower fraction of the 100–200-μm-sized pores. The nature of the hydrogel did not affect the pore size distribution but was crucial for the behavior of the scaffolds in a hydrated medium: gellan-containing scaffolds showed a higher swelling degree owing to the presence of more hydrophilic groups.

  9. Synthesis of Ag doped calcium phosphate particles and their antibacterial effect as additives in dental glass ionomer cements

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    2016-01-01

    Developing dental restorations with enhanced antibacterial properties has been a constant quest for materials scientists. The aim of this study was to synthesize silver doped calcium phosphate particles and use them to improve antibacterial properties of conventional glass ionomer cement. The Ag doped monetite (Ag-DCPA) and hydroxyapatite (Ag-HA) were synthesized by precipitation method and characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy...

  10. Use of rapidly hardening hydroxyapatite cement for facial contouring surgery.

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    Lee, Dong Won; Kim, Ji Ye; Lew, Dae Hyun

    2010-07-01

    Hydroxyapatite cement is an ideal alloplastic material to replace the autogenous bone grafts in craniofacial surgery. Hydroxyapatite cement is advantageous because it can be easily molded by hand unlike other alloplastic materials such as silicone and high-density polyethylene. For aesthetic applications of hydroxyapatite cement, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of the rapidly hardening hydroxyapatite cement used in facial contour augmentation, especially for the forehead and the malar area. A total of 18 cases of facial skeleton augmentation or contouring surgery using rapidly hardening hydroxyapatite cement (Mimix; Biomet, Warsaw, IN) were examined, and the long-term cosmetic results and any complications were also analyzed. The aims of facial contouring surgeries were to correct the following conditions: hemifacial microsomia, craniosynostosis, posttraumatic facial deformity, deformity after tumor resection, dentofacial deformity, and Romberg disease. The application sites of hydroxyapatite cement were the forehead, malar area, chin, and paranasal area. A mean of 16 g (range, 5-50 g) of the hydroxyapatite cement was used. Postoperative infection, seroma, and migration of the implant were not observed during the follow-up period of 23 months. Rapidly hardening hydroxyapatite cement, Mimix, is easy to manipulate, promptly sclerotized, and can be replaced by living bone tissue, with a low complication rate. Therefore, it can be an optimal treatment that can be used instead of other conventional types of alloplastic materials used in facial contouring surgery.

  11. Chemical modification of hydroxyapatite fiber and its characterization

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    ZHANG Sheng-min; LI Shi-pu

    2001-01-01

    @@ INTRODUCTION In recent years, many efforts have been made towards the development of new bone substitute materials. Among these, hydroxyapatite / absorbable polymer composites have attracted much attention since such composites may have bone bonding ability due to the presence of hydroxyapatite (HA).

  12. p+-n--n+-type power diode with crystalline/nanocrystalline Si mosaic electrodes

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    Wensheng, Wei; Chunxi, Zhang

    2016-06-01

    Using p+-type crystalline Si with n+-type nanocrystalline Si (nc-Si) and n+-type crystalline Si with p+-type nc-Si mosaic structures as electrodes, a type of power diode was prepared with epitaxial technique and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) method. Firstly, the basic p+-n--n+-type Si diode was fabricated by epitaxially growing p+- and n+-type layers on two sides of a lightly doped n--type Si wafer respectively. Secondly, heavily phosphorus-doped Si film was deposited with PECVD on the lithography mask etched p+-type Si side of the basic device to form a component with mosaic anode. Thirdly, heavily boron-doped Si film was deposited on the etched n+-type Si side of the second device to form a diode with mosaic anode and mosaic cathode. The images of high resolution transmission electronic microscope and patterns of X-ray diffraction reveal nanocrystallization in the phosphorus- and boron-deposited films. Electrical measurements such as capacitance-voltage relation, current-voltage feature and reverse recovery waveform were carried out to clarify the performance of prepared devices. The important roles of (n-)Si/(p+)nc-Si and (n-)Si/(n+)nc-Si junctions in the static and dynamic conduction processes in operating diodes were investigated. The performance of mosaic devices was compared to that of a basic one. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61274006).

  13. Study on carbonated hydroxyapatite as a thermoluminescence dosimeter

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    Shafaei, M.; Sardari, D. [Islamic Azad Univ., Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Dept. of Medical Radiation Engineering; Ziaie, F.; Larijani, M.M. [Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Radiation Application Research School

    2015-03-15

    In this study, carbonated hydroxyapatite nanoparticles were used for thermoluminescence dosimetry. The nano-structure carbonated hydroxyapatite synthesized via hydrolysis of CaHPO{sub 4} and CaCO{sub 3}. The obtained nano powders were characterized by XRD technique and FTIR spectroscopy system. The carbonated hydroxyapatite samples were irradiated at different doses using {sup 60}Co gamma rays, and were subjected to thermoluminescence measurement system, consequently. The TL glow curve exhibited two distinguishable peaks centered at around of 165 C and 310 C. The TL response of carbonated hydroxyapatite samples as a function of absorbed dose was linear in the range of 25-1000 Gy. Other dosimetric features of the carbonated hydroxyapatite nanoparticles including fading and reproducibility were also investigated.

  14. Physicochemical and biological properties of hydrogel/gelatin/hydroxyapatite PAA/G/HAp/AgNPs composites modified with silver nanoparticles.

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    Sobczak-Kupiec, Agnieszka; Malina, Dagmara; Piatkowski, Marek; Krupa-Zuczek, Kinga; Wzorek, Zbigniew; Tyliszczak, Bozena

    2012-12-01

    Composites comprising biodegradable polymer matrix, bioactive ceramic fillers and metallic nanoparticles can be applied in the substitution of bone tissue and many others medical and dental applications. Recently, fully resorbable composite materials applicable as bone substitutes are the subject of intensive studies in surgical reconstruction and bone tissue engineering. Biological composites, such as bone and teeth, contain hydroxyapatite (HAp), a mineral component with composition Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2. Silver nanoparticles or silver ions have long been known to have strong inhibitory and bactericidal effects as well as a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activities. In this study we applied natural origin hydroxyapatite obtained from pork bone sludge. As polymer matrix gelatin and poly(acrylic acid) were used. Composite materials were obtained with the use of microwave irradiation. The influence of metallic nanoparticles presence on the degradation process of composite materials was investigated by pH and conductivity analyses of water filtrates. In vitro tests in simulated body fluid (SBF) and artificial saliva confirmed that it is possible to produce hydroxyapatite/polymer composites doped with silver nanoparticles for medical applications. Tests proved that content of silver nanoparticles in composites had influence on degradation behaviour of HA/Polymer/AgNPs in artificial media such as simulated body fluid and saliva.

  15. Preparation and characterization of chitosan-silver/hydroxyapatite composite coatings onTiO{sub 2} nanotube for biomedical applications

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    Yan, Yajing [Institute of Life Science and Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054 (China); Zhang, Xuejiao [Medical Informatics, Hebei North University, Zhangjiakou 075000 (China); Li, Caixia [Institute of Life Science and Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054 (China); Huang, Yong [Institute of Life Science and Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054 (China); College of Lab Medicine, Hebei North University, Zhangjiakou 075000 (China); Ding, Qiongqiong [Institute of Life Science and Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054 (China); Pang, Xiaofeng, E-mail: xfpang@aliyun.com [Institute of Life Science and Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054 (China)

    2015-03-30

    Highlights: • Chitosan/silver-doped hydroxyapatite biocomposite coating was successfully deposited on anodized Ti by electrochemical deposition. • The chemical state of silver in the synthesized coatings was studied by XPS peak deconvolution. • The synthesized coatings have excellent antibacterial activity because of synergistic effect of the Ag and CS. • The CSAgHAp coatings showed good biocompatibility and no adverse effect in cell culture tests. - Abstract: A biocomposite coating containing chitosan, silver, and hydroxyapatite was developed on anodized titanium substrate by electrochemical deposition. Coatings were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and polarisation studies. Results showed that the prepared coatings had compact and dense morphology with a thickness of 6.2 ± 0.7 μm and that silver was evenly distributed. Testing the prepared coatings with Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial strains exhibited antibacterial activity because of the synergistic effect of silver and chitosan. The prepared coatings were also found to be nontoxic to MC3T3-E1 cells. These results suggested that chitosan/silver-hydroxyapatite biocomposite coatings can prevent the bacterial infection of implants.

  16. Hydroxyapatite nanoparticles: electrospinning and calcination of hydroxyapatite/polyvinyl butyral nanofibers and growth kinetics

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    Zakaria, S.M.; Zein, S.H. Sharif; Othman, M.R.; Jansen, J.A.

    2013-01-01

    Electrospinning of hydroxyapatite (HA)/polyvinyl butyral solution resulted in the formation of fibers with average diameter of 937-1440 nm. These fibers were converted into HA nanoparticles with size <100 nm after undergoing calcination treatment at 600 degrees C. The diameter of the fiber was fo

  17. Chemical synthesis of p-type nanocrystalline copper selenide thin films for heterojunction solar cells

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    Ambade, Swapnil B.; Mane, R. S.; Kale, S. S.; Sonawane, S. H.; Shaikh, Arif V.; Han, Sung-Hwan

    2006-12-01

    Nanocrystalline thin films of copper selenide have been grown on glass and tin doped-indium oxide substrates using chemical method. At ambient temperature, golden films have been synthesized and annealed at 200 °C for 1 h and were examined for their structural, surface morphological and optical properties by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy and UV-vis spectrophotometry techniques, respectively. Cu 2- xSe phase was confirmed by XRD pattern and spherical grains of 30 ± 4 - 40 ± 4 nm in size aggregated over about 130 ± 10 nm islands were seen by SEM images. Effect of annealing on crystallinity improvement, band edge shift and photoelectrochemical performance (under 80 mW/cm 2 light intensity and in lithium iodide electrolyte) has been studied and reported. Observed p-type electrical conductivity in copper selenide thin films make it a suitable candidate for heterojunction solar cells.

  18. Chemical synthesis of p-type nanocrystalline copper selenide thin films for heterojunction solar cells

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    Ambade, Swapnil B. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune 411037 (India); Mane, R.S. [Inorganic Nanomaterials Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Hanyang University, Sungdong-Ku, Haengdang-dong 17, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Kale, S.S. [Inorganic Nanomaterials Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Hanyang University, Sungdong-Ku, Haengdang-dong 17, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Sonawane, S.H. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune 411037 (India); Shaikh, Arif V. [Department of Electronic Science, AKI' s Poona College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Camp, Pune 411 001 (India); Han, Sung-Hwan [Inorganic Nanomaterials Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Hanyang University, Sungdong-Ku, Haengdang-dong 17, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of)]. E-mail: shhan@hanyang.ac.kr

    2006-12-15

    Nanocrystalline thin films of copper selenide have been grown on glass and tin doped-indium oxide substrates using chemical method. At ambient temperature, golden films have been synthesized and annealed at 200 deg. C for 1 h and were examined for their structural, surface morphological and optical properties by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy and UV-vis spectrophotometry techniques, respectively. Cu{sub 2-x}Se phase was confirmed by XRD pattern and spherical grains of 30 {+-} 4 - 40 {+-} 4 nm in size aggregated over about 130 {+-} 10 nm islands were seen by SEM images. Effect of annealing on crystallinity improvement, band edge shift and photoelectrochemical performance (under 80 mW/cm{sup 2} light intensity and in lithium iodide electrolyte) has been studied and reported. Observed p-type electrical conductivity in copper selenide thin films make it a suitable candidate for heterojunction solar cells.

  19. Hydroxyapatite-silver nanoparticles coatings on porous polyurethane scaffold

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    Ciobanu, Gabriela, E-mail: gciobanu03@yahoo.co.uk; Ilisei, Simona; Luca, Constantin

    2014-02-01

    The present paper is focused on a study regarding the possibility of obtaining hydroxyapatite-silver nanoparticle coatings on porous polyurethane scaffold. The method applied is based on a combined strategy involving hydroxyapatite biomimetic deposition on polyurethane surface using a Supersaturated Calcification Solution (SCS), combined with silver ions reduction and in-situ crystallization processes on hydroxyapatite-polyurethane surface by sample immersing in AgNO{sub 3} solution. The morphology, composition and phase structure of the prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements. The data obtained show that a layer of hydroxyapatite was deposited on porous polyurethane support and the silver nanoparticles (average size 34.71 nm) were dispersed among and even on the hydroxyapatite crystals. Hydroxyapatite/polyurethane surface acts as a reducer and a stabilizing agent for silver ions. The surface plasmon resonance peak in UV-Vis absorption spectra showed an absorption maximum at 415 nm, indicating formation of silver nanoparticles. The hydroxyapatite-silver polyurethane scaffolds were tested against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli and the obtained data were indicative of good antibacterial properties of the materials. - Highlights: • The hydroxyapatite and silver nanoparticles were grown on the polyurethane scaffold • The hydroxyapatite/polyurethane acts as reducing agent, stabilizer and matrix for Ag • The samples were well characterized by SEM-EDX, XRD, XPS, UV-visible spectroscopy • The hydroxyapatite/silver polyurethane scaffold shows antibacterial property.

  20. Density variation and piezoelectric properties of Ba(Ti1−Sn)O3 ceramics prepared from nanocrystalline powders

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    A K Nath; Nirmali Medhi

    2012-10-01

    Nanocrystalline powders of tin-doped barium titanate with different concentrations of tin have been synthesized by a combination of solid state reaction and high-energy ball milling. The average particle size of the milled powders as determined from TEM analysis was about 5.96 nm. Analysis of all the milled powders using X-ray diffraction method showed single phase perovskite structure. The density variation of the ceramics with sintering temperature has been studied by sintering the samples at different temperatures. Density variation results show that 1350°C is the optimum sintering temperature for tin-doped barium titanate ceramics. SEM micrographs show high density and increasing trend of grain size with increasing content of Sn. The ferroelectricity decreases with increasing concentration of Sn. The electromechanical coupling coefficient also decreases with increasing Sn content corroborating decreasing trend of ferroelectricity. The bipolar strain curves show piezoelectric properties of the prepared ceramics.

  1. Removal of Cadmium Ions from Aqueous Solution by Silicate-incorporated Hydroxyapatite

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    SHI Hebin; ZHONG Hong; LIU Yu; DENG Jinyang

    2007-01-01

    This article reports a preliminary research on silicate-incorporated hydroxyapatite as a new environmental mineral used to remove cadmium ions from aqueous solutions. The silicate-incorporated hydroxyapatite was prepared by coprecipitation and calcining, and silicate was incorporated into the crystal lattice of hydroxyapatite by partial substitution of phosphate. The amount of cadmium ions removed by silicate-incorporated hydroxyapatite was significantly elevated, which was 76% higher than that of pure hydroxyapatite. But the sorption behavior of cadmium ions on silicate-incorporated hydroxyapatite was similar to that of pure hydroxyapatite. Morphological study revealed that silicate incorporation confined the crystal growth and increased the specific surface area of hydroxyapatite,which were in favor of enhancing the cadmium ion sorpfion capacity of the samples. Incorporation of silicate into hydroxyapatite seems to be an effective approach to improve the environmental property of hydroxyapatite on removal of aqueous cadmium ions.

  2. Multi-Functions of Carbonated Calcium Deficient Hydroxyapatite (CDHA)

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    Zhou, Huan

    Natural bone is a complex composite mainly constituted of inorganic minerals and organic collagen molecules. Calcium phosphate (CaP) based materials have been proposed as the predominant bone substitute for bone tissue engineering applications due to their chemical similarity to bone mineral. Amorphous carbonated calcium deficient hydroxyapatite (CDHA) is an important compound among CaP materials because of the amorphous crystallite structure. The presence of extra ions in its lattice structure not only influences cell attachment and proliferation of osteoblasts, but also helps in bone metabolism. Biomimetic coating approach is the most widely used approach to produce CDHA coatings to implant. It is a process using simulated body fluid (SBF) to deposit bone-like CDHA coating to various material surfaces. The CDHA formation mechanism, SBF compositions and reacting conditions of biomimetic coating have already been sufficiently studied and compared in the past 20 years. It is an attempt in this thesis to explore new applications of SBF in biomedical research, focusing on different biomaterial applications: 1) based on the low temperature reaction condition of SBF, bisphosphonate incorporated CDHA coatings were deposited onto Ti6Al4V surface for the treatment of osteoporosis; 2) amorphous calcium phosphate nanospheres with extra elements in the lattice structure were prepared by a novel microwave assisted approach, providing a new potential of CaP materials production; 3) CDHA particles formed in SBF can be used as great fillers with biopolymers for preparing biocomposites for biomedical applications; 4) based on the high activity of CDHA amorphous structure and the stabilization ability of ethanol, yttrium and europium doped calcium phosphates were prepared using CDHA as a sacrificing template. In the end, future work based on these observations in the thesis is addressed, including areas of drug delivery, biocomposite fabrication and preparation of functionalized

  3. Evaluation of photovoltaic properties of nanocrystalline-FeSi2/Si heterojunctions

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    Shaban, Mahmoud; Bayoumi, Amr M.; Farouk, Doaa; Saleh, Mohamed B.; Yoshitake, Tsuyoshi

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, an application of nanocrystalline iron disilicide (NC-FeSi2) combined with nanocrystalline-Si (NC-Si) in a heterostructured solar cell is introduced and numerically evaluated in detail. The proposed cell structure is studied based on an experimental investigation of photovoltaic properties of NC-FeSi2/crystalline-Si heterojunctions, composed of unintentionally-doped NC-FeSi2 thin film grown on Si substrate. Photoresponse measurement of NC-FeSi2/crystalline-Si heterojunction confirmed ability of NC-FeSi2 to absorb NIR light and to generate photocarriers. However, collection of these carriers was not so efficient and a radical improvement in design of the device is required. Therefore, a modified device structure, comprising of NC-FeSi2 layer sandwiched between two heavily-doped p- and n-type NC-Si, is suggested and numerically evaluated. Simulation results showed that the proposed structure would exhibit a relatively high conversion efficiency of 25%, due to an improvement in collection efficiency of photogenerated carriers in the NC-FeSi2 and NC-Si layers. To attain such efficiency, defect densities in NC-FeSi2 and NC-Si layers should be kept less than 1014 and 1016 cm-3 eV-1, respectively. Remarkable optical and electrical properties of NC-FeSi2, employed in the proposed structure, facilitate improving device quantum efficiency spectrum providing significant spectrum extension into the near-infrared region beyond Si bandgap.

  4. Synthesis and Characterization of Electrodeposited Nanocrystalline Nickel

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    DAI Pin-qiang; YU Hui, LI Qiang

    2004-01-01

    Nanocrystalline nickel was synthesize d by direct current electrodeposition from a modified Watts-type bath. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope were used to characterize the microstructure of nickel deposits. The results show that nanocrytalline nickel with grain sizes in the range 20~50nm can be synthesized from saccharin-containing Watts-type baths with current density range 5~30A/dm2. There existed preferred orientation in the deposits and it changed progressively from a (200) fibre texture to a (111) (200) double fibre texture as saccharin concentration increased. The hardness of the deposits increased prominently as grain size decreased to nanometer range.

  5. Transparent nanocrystalline diamond coatings and devices

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    Sumant, Anirudha V.; Khan, Adam

    2017-08-22

    A method for coating a substrate comprises producing a plasma ball using a microwave plasma source in the presence of a mixture of gases. The plasma ball has a diameter. The plasma ball is disposed at a first distance from the substrate and the substrate is maintained at a first temperature. The plasma ball is maintained at the first distance from the substrate, and a diamond coating is deposited on the substrate. The diamond coating has a thickness. Furthermore, the diamond coating has an optical transparency of greater than about 80%. The diamond coating can include nanocrystalline diamond. The microwave plasma source can have a frequency of about 915 MHz.

  6. Tunable nonlinear absorption of hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon.

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    Ma, Y J; Oh, J I; Zheng, D Q; Su, W A; Shen, W Z

    2011-09-01

    Nonlinear absorption (NLA) of hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si:H) has been investigated through the open aperture Z-scan method for the photon energy of the incident irradiance slightly less than the bandgap of the sample. NLA responses have been observed to be highly sensitive to the wavelength and intensity of the incident irradiance as well as to the bandgap of the sample, indicating greatly tunable NLA of nc-Si:H. The band tail of nc-Si:H appears to play a crucial role in such NLA responses.

  7. Atomistic Mechanisms of Fatigue in Nanocrystalline Metals

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    Farkas, D.; Willemann, M.; Hyde, B.

    2005-04-01

    We investigate the mechanisms of fatigue behavior in nanocrystalline metals at the atomic scale using empirical force laws and molecular level simulations. A combination of molecular statics and molecular dynamics was used to deal with the time scale limitations of molecular dynamics. We show that the main atomistic mechanism of fatigue crack propagation in these materials is the formation of nanovoids ahead of the main crack. The results obtained for crack advance as a function of stress intensity amplitude are consistent with experimental studies and a Paris law exponent of about 2.

  8. LIGHT-WEIGHT NANOCRYSTALLINE HYDROGEN STORAGE MATERIALS

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    S. G. Sankar; B. Zande; R.T. Obermyer; S. Simizu

    2005-11-21

    During Phase I of this SBIR Program, Advanced Materials Corporation has addressed two key issues concerning hydrogen storage: 1. We have conducted preliminary studies on the effect of certain catalysts in modifying the hydrogen absorption characteristics of nanocrystalline magnesium. 2. We have also conducted proof-of-concept design and construction of a prototype instrument that would rapidly screen materials for hydrogen storage employing chemical combinatorial technique in combination with a Pressure-Composition Isotherm Measurement (PCI) instrument. 3. Preliminary results obtained in this study approach are described in this report.

  9. Nanocrystalline Ni-W coatings on copper

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    Panagopoulos, C.N., E-mail: chpanag@metal.ntua.gr [Laboratory of Physical Metallurgy, National Technical University of Athens, Zografos, 15780, Athens (Greece); Plainakis, G.D.; Lagaris, D.A. [Laboratory of Physical Metallurgy, National Technical University of Athens, Zografos, 15780, Athens (Greece)

    2011-04-15

    Nanocrystalline Ni-W coatings were produced on copper substrates with the aid of electrodeposition technique. The morphology, chemical composition and structure of the produced coatings were examined with the aid of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. The microhardness of alloy Ni-W coatings on copper substrate was also studied. The adhesion between the Ni-W coating, having W content 50 wt%, and the copper substrate, was also studied with a scratch testing apparatus. The scratch tests resulted in the coatings suffering an intensive brittle fracture and minor delamination.

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of Electrodeposited Nanocrystalline Nickel

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    DAIPin-qiang; YUHui; LIQiang

    2004-01-01

    Nanocrystalline nickel was synthesized by direct current electrodeposition from a modified Watts-type bath. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope were used to characterize the microstructure of nickel deposits. The results show that nanocrytalline nickel with grain sizes in the range 20-50nm can be synthesized from saccharin-containing Watts-type baths with current density range 5-30A/dm2. There existed preferred orientation in the deposits and it changed progressively from a (200) fibre texture to a (111) (200) double fibre texture as saccharin concentration increased. The hardness of the deposits increased prominently as grain size decreased to nanometer range.

  11. Synthesis of hydroxyapatite from biogenic wastes

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    Teerawat Laonapakul

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Hydroxyapatite (HAp is a major component of human bone, teeth and hard tissue. It is one of only a few bioactive materials. Since HAp is the most widely used ceramic biomaterial, various techniques have been developed to synthesize HAp. In recent years, the use of natural biogenic structures and materials for medical proposes has been motivated by limitations in producing synthetic materials. This article mainly focuses on the use of biogenic wastes to prepare HAp. These include bio-wastes, marine corals, eggshells, seashells and bio-membranes. In the present review, useful information about HAp preparation methodologies has been summarized for further research and development.

  12. In Vivo Evaluation of Hydroxyapatite Foams

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    Sepulveda P.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Porous hydroxyapatite manufactured by foaming of aqueous ceramic suspensions and setting via gelcasting of organic monomers was tested for in vivo biocompatibility in rabbit tibia for a period of 8 weeks. The foams provide tortous frameworks and large interconnected pores that support cell attachment and organisation into 3D arrays to form new tissue. The HA foam implants were progressively filled with mature new bone tissue and osteoid after the implanted period, confirming the high osteoconductive potential and high biocompatibility of HA and the suitability of foam network in providing good osteointegration. No immune or inflammatory reactions were detected.

  13. Cytocompatibility of Highly Dispersed Nano Hydroxyapatite Sol

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    MAOXuan; WUPei-zhu; TANGShun-qing; YANYan-ling; DAIYun

    2004-01-01

    Nano hydroxyapatite (HA) crystals were prepared and dispersed in water to form HA sol by simple methods. The cytotoxicity of the sols were tested by MTT assay and lymphocytotoxicity test. Results show that the average secondary particle size of the sol containing uncalcined HA crystals is around 750 nm, within micrograde; while the sol of calcined HA contains over 88% nanoparticles with the size between 65~86 nm, in which nano HA crystals are highly dispersed. Both the HA sols have no toxicity on the proliferation of 3T3 cells and lymphocytes. It demonstrates that the nano sol is safe for the application of drug delivery.

  14. Adsorption of diazinon and fenitrothion on nanocrystalline magnesium oxides

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    Mahsa Armaghan

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline magnesium oxide was prepared by the sol–gel method from magnesium methoxide and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermal analysis, X-ray powder diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Sol–gel derived nanocrystalline magnesium oxide along with a commercial nanocrystalline magnesium oxide was used as adsorbents to study the adsorption of two common, organophosphorous pesticides, diethoxy-[(2-isopropyl-6-methyl-4-pyrimidinyloxy]-thioxophosphorane (diazinon and dimethoxy-(3-methyl-4-nitrophenoxy-thioxophosphorane (fenitrothion. Adsorption of diazinon and fenitrothion on the sol–gel derived, and commercial nanocrystalline magnesium oxides was studied using UV–vis, FT-IR and 31P NMR spectroscopies. The effect of hydroxyl groups on edge/corner and flat panel of magnesium oxide in adsorption of diazinon and fenitrothion was investigated. The results showed that the adsorption of diazinon on the sol–gel derived nanocrystalline magnesium oxide is destructive whereas on commercial one is non-destructive. Commercial nanocrystalline magnesium oxide showed higher activity in the adsorption of fenitrothion than the sol–gel derived, and adsorptions on both nanocrystalline magnesium oxides are destructive.

  15. Formation of Surface Corrosion-Resistant Nanocrystalline Structures on Steel.

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    Nykyforchyn, Hryhoriy; Kyryliv, Volodymyr; Maksymiv, Olha; Slobodyan, Zvenomyra; Tsyrulnyk, Oleksandr

    2016-12-01

    Engineering materials with nanocrystalline structure could be exploited under simultaneous action of mechanical loading and corrosion environments; therefore, their corrosion resistance is important. Surface nanocrystalline structure was generated on middle carbon steels by severe plastic deformation using the method of mechanical pulse friction treatment. This treatment additionally includes high temperature phase transformation and alloying. Using a complex of the corrosive, electrochemical and physical investigations, it was established that nanocrystalline structures can be characterized by lower or increased corrosion resistance in comparison with the reference material. It is caused by the action of two confronting factors: arising energy level and anticorrosive alloying of the surface layer.

  16. Microstructure and Performances of Nanocrystalline Zinc-nickel Alloy Coatings

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    LI Guang-yu; LIAN Jian-she; NIU Li-yuan; JIANG Zhong-hao

    2004-01-01

    Nanocrystalline zinc-nickel alloy coatings were deposited from an alkaline zincate bath contained an organic additive that can reduce polarization and a complexing agent. SEM and TEM observations and XRD analysis were performed to examine the microstructure and phase composition of the coatings. The nickel content in deposits is 12.0~14.7% and the coating is consisted of single nanocrystalline γ-phase structure (Ni5Zn21), with grain average grain size about 15nm. The nanocrystalline zinc-nickel alloy coatings have better corrosion resistance, less brittleness and higher microhardness than the conventional zinc coatings.

  17. Si/Nanocrystalline Diamond Film Heterojunction Diodes Preparation

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    2006-01-01

    With electron assisted hot filament chemical vapor deposition technology, nanocrystalline diamond films were deposited on polished n-(100)Si wafer surface. The deposited films were characterized and observed by Raman spectrum, X-ray diffraction, semiconductor characterization system and Hall effective measurement system. The results show that with EA-HFCVD, not only an undoped nanocrystalline diamond films with high-conductivity (p-type semiconducting) but also a p-n heterojunction diode between the nanocrystalline diamond films and n-Si substrate is fabricated successfully. The p-n heterojunction has smaller forward resistance and bigger positive resistance. The p-n junction effective is evident.

  18. Nanocrystalline cerium oxide materials for solid fuel cell systems

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    Brinkman, Kyle S

    2015-05-05

    Disclosed are solid fuel cells, including solid oxide fuel cells and PEM fuel cells that include nanocrystalline cerium oxide materials as a component of the fuel cells. A solid oxide fuel cell can include nanocrystalline cerium oxide as a cathode component and microcrystalline cerium oxide as an electrolyte component, which can prevent mechanical failure and interdiffusion common in other fuel cells. A solid oxide fuel cell can also include nanocrystalline cerium oxide in the anode. A PEM fuel cell can include cerium oxide as a catalyst support in the cathode and optionally also in the anode.

  19. Study of hydroxyapatite behaviour during sintering of 316L steel

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    A. Szewczyk-Nykiel

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available 316L stainless steel – hydroxyapatite composite biomaterials with different hydroxyapatite weight fraction in the composite wereinvestigated. Hydroxyapatite (HAp – Ca10(PO46(OH2 is well known biomaterial. HAp reveals excellent chemical and biological affinitywith bony tissues. On the other hand hydroxyapatite shows low mechanical properties. The combination of very good biocompatibility of hydroxyapatite and high mechanical properties of stainless steel seems to be a good solution. In presented research natural originhydroxyapatite and 316L austenitic stainless steel were used. In this work, metal-ceramics composites were fabricated by the powdermetallurgy technology (involving pressing and sintering process. Sintering was carried out at 1250oC in hydrogen atmosphere. Thedensity, porosity and hardness were investigated. Metallographic microscope and SEM were carried out in order to investigate themicrostructure. The horizontal NETZSCH DIL 402E dilatometer was used to evaluate the dimensional changes and phenomena occurringduring sintering. The research displayed that physical properties of sintered 316L-HAp composites decrease with increase ofhydroxyapatite content. Microstructure of investigated composites consists of austenitic and probably inclusions of hydroxyapatite andheterogeneous eutectic occurring on the grain boundaries. It was shown that amount of hydroxyapatite in the powder mixtures influencethe dimensional changes occurring during sintering.

  20. Hydroxyapatite-silver nanoparticles coatings on porous polyurethane scaffold.

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    Ciobanu, Gabriela; Ilisei, Simona; Luca, Constantin

    2014-02-01

    The present paper is focused on a study regarding the possibility of obtaining hydroxyapatite-silver nanoparticle coatings on porous polyurethane scaffold. The method applied is based on a combined strategy involving hydroxyapatite biomimetic deposition on polyurethane surface using a Supersaturated Calcification Solution (SCS), combined with silver ions reduction and in-situ crystallization processes on hydroxyapatite-polyurethane surface by sample immersing in AgNO3 solution. The morphology, com