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Title: A study of the effect of various polymer substrates on calcium substrates on calcium phosphate mineralization
Author: Ray, Andrew
ISNI:       0000 0004 2672 7785
Awarding Body: Keele University
Current Institution: Keele University
Date of Award: 2007
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It is well known that the specific crystallographic form of inorganic crystalline materials can determine their physico-chemical properties. Furthermore, it is known that many biological processes use bio-organic macromolecules to control the growth and form of bio-inorganics with the result that many biominerals exhibit specific crystallochemical properties linked to their function. For example, the deposition of hydroxyapatite (HAp), a mineral in both bone and enamel, leads to the genesis of biocomposites whose identity is largely defined by the size and shape of the constituent inorganic crystals. This study has shown that the design of polymers (e.g. chemical identity, structure, etc) can have a significant effect upon crystal formation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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