The Chemical Processing of Silicates for Biological Applications - A Review


A new application area for sol-gel processing biomaterials and implant devices, is presented. The concepts of bioactive fixation of implants is reviewed. Conventional processing methods for bioactive materials are compared with low temperature chemical processing. Advantages of sol-gel processing include new bioactive compositional ranges of ultraporous CaO-P2O5-SiO2 biogel-glass powders. Clinical applications of bioactive implants are discussed.

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Hench, L., Wilson, J. The Chemical Processing of Silicates for Biological Applications - A Review. MRS Online Proceedings Library 180, 1061 (1990).

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