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Formation of bone-like materials for bone repair and regeneration

Funding: 2005: $60,000
2006: $58,000
2007: $60,000

Project Member(s): Ben-Nissan, B.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (Other funds for ARC projects)
Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2005

Summary: This project aims to improve our understanding of the process of bone formation and the synthesis of new generation biomaterials, and hence open up new ways to combat diseases such as osteoporosis. Our current understanding of the formation of materials, which have structures similar to those of biological apatites is inadequate. Our research on sol-gel-derived nanostructured apatite has, for the first time anywhere in the world, demonstrated that the plate-like morphology of calcium hydrogen-phosphonates leads to the formation of carbonate hydroxyapatite with bone-like structure. The expected outcome is new products, which, upon development, could give Australia a leading edge in this new field of bone-like calcium phosphates.

Keywords: Biomimetics, Bone Grafts, Biomaterials, Osteoporosis, Phosphates, Nanobiomaterials,

FOR Codes: Biomaterials, Ceramics, Skeletal system and disorders (incl. arthritis), Biomaterials , Ceramics , Clinical health, Ceramics, glass and industrial mineral products