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Developing biomaterials through enhancing organic/inorganic interfaces

Hughes, Erik Andreas Bjørnstad (2018)
Eng.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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The socioeconomic demand for biomaterials has never been greater. Formulation at the organic/inorganic interface of materials has enabled the conception of several biomaterial systems for bone healing. In Chapter 2, a poly( ether ether ketone) (PEEK) and calcium sulphate (CS) composite is formulated. Inclusion of the polymer slowed CS degradation and augmented the mechanical properties significantly. Chapters 3 and 4 explore the formation mechanism of tubular calcium phosphate structures from a gel/solution interface. Both the composition and microstructure of tubules were analogous to features of bone. To demonstrate the bone graft application of these structures, a model bone defect was augmented with particles that could generate tubular calcium phosphate in the presence of tissue. 3D computed tomography reconstructions revealed bone-like mineral deposition throughout the cavity. Chapter 5 explores the chemical coupling of hydroxyapatite particles within a PEEK matrix, a composite that may be used to fabricate spinal fusion devices. Physical properties of composites were improved by a reduction in HA debonding, the presence of fewer micro cracks, and more effective load transfer between phases. Together, the research puts forward a novel collection ofbiomaterials that may be applied to the treatment of bone fractures and fusion of the spine.

Type of Work:Eng.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Grover, Liam and Rowson, Neil and Cox, Sophie
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department:School of Chemical Engineering
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Publications arising from thesis:

Hughes EAB, Yanni T, Jamshidi P, Grover LM. Inorganic cements for biomedical application: calcium phosphate, calcium sulphate and calcium silicate. Advances in Applied Ceramics. 2015;114(2):65-76.

Hughes EAB, Grover LM. Characterisation of a novel poly (ether ether ketone)/calcium sulphate composite for bone augmentation. Biomater Res. 2017;21:7.

Hughes EAB, Williams RL, Cox SC, Grover LM. Biologically Analogous Calcium Phosphate Tubes from a Chemical Garden. Langmuir. 2017;33(8):2059-67.

Subjects:QH301 Biology
T Technology (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:8200
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