Chemical and structural evolution of sol-gel-derived hydroxyapatite thin films under rapid thermal processing

Stephen W. Russell, Karen A. Luptak, Carlos Tres A Suchicital, Terry Alford, Vincent Pizziconi

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Chemical and structural evolution of hydroxyapatite thin films produced by sol-gel synthesis is characterized by ion beam analysis, X-ray diffraction, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Formation of the hydroxyapatite structure began at 500°C; no other phases were observed at higher temperatures. Elimination of residual organics was observed in the form of the disappearance of excess oxygen, hydrogen and carbon. Crystal size increases with increasing anneal temperature; spectroscopy indicates the formation of highly crystalline films. The analytical methods chosen provide insight into subtle chemical and structural changes which occur in films produced by this synthetic route.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)837-842
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1996


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry

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