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Carbon as a Biomaterial

  • Vasif Hasirci
  • Nesrin Hasirci
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Abstract

Carbon is an element found abundantly in the Earth’s crust and in the human body. The various bonding capabilities enable it to form so many different varieties of compounds including the many gases, liquids, and solids. The carbon compounds constitute the nutrients, the organic energy sources, the building materials for plants, and many other molecules in the body. Since all living species are hydrocarbon based, carbon basically is the element of life if water is the molecule of life. Carbon-derived compounds like diamond, graphite, and graphene are made of only one element, and the method of their production is different than the commercially available ceramics since the melting temperature of carbon is very high.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vasif Hasirci
    • 1
  • Nesrin Hasirci
    • 2
  1. 1.BIOMATEN Center of Excellence in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, and Department of Biological SciencesMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.BIOMATEN Center of Excellence in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, and Department of ChemistryMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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