Visiting researcher (University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia)
Synthesis, characterization and thermochemical study of new bioactive materials for bone regeneration
Betreuer: Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini
Bioactive materials such as bioactive glass (bg), glass ceramics, and hydroxyapatite (ap) have been widely developed during the last decades to tackle the proliferation of various bone diseases caused by the global aging population. Gradually, due to their excellent properties, such materials have spread to orthopedic, dental repair and tissue engineering applications. This study focuses on the development of new bg-ap composites, combining silicate bioactive glasses with hydroxyapatite, as candidates for bioactive applications. This investigation also aims to elucidate the thermochemical properties of these materials to develop the understanding of the thermochemical phenomena taking place during the dissolution-precipitation of bioactive materials. The microstructures of the bg-ha composites will be studied using X-ray powder diffraction, Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy and SEM analysis.