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Crystal structure and chemical composition of biomimetic calcium phosphate nanofibers

  • Calcium phosphate nanofibers with a diameter of only a few nanometers and a cotton-ball-like aggregate morphology have been reported several times in the literature. Although fiber formation seems reproducible in a variety of conditions, the crystal structure and chemical composition of the fibers have been elusive. Using scanning transmission electron microscopy, low dose electron (nano) diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy, we have assigned crystal structures and chemical compositions to the fibers. Moreover, we demonstrate that the mineralization process yields true polymer/calcium phosphate hybrid materials where the block copolymer template is closely associated with the calcium phosphate.

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Author:Mathias Junginger, Christian Kübel, Felix H. Schacher, Axel H. E. Müller, Andreas TaubertORCiDGND
ISSN:2046-2069 (print)
Parent Title (English):RSC Advances
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
Place of publication:Cambridge
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2013
Year of Completion:2013
Release Date:2017/03/26
First Page:11301
Last Page:11308
Funder:MPI-KG; University of Potsdam; Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Colloid Chemistry Department); Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility; German Research Council
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Chemie
Peer Review:Referiert