The effect of sintering conditions on the formation of hydroxyapatite-boron nitride nanocomposites

Bakan F., Sezen M., Gecgin M., Goncu Y., AY N.

10th Annual TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo, Held Jointly with the 18th Annual Nanotech Conference and Expo, and the 2015 National SBIR/STTR Conference, Washington, United States Of America, 14 - 17 June 2015, vol.1, pp.17-20 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1
  • City: Washington
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.17-20
  • Keywords: Boron nitride, Characterization, Electron microscopy, Hydroxyapatite, Nanocomposite, Sintering
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


Being the main inorganic constitution of hard tissues (bone and teeth), calcium phosphates has been applied in medical and dental applications for hard tissue repairment. Hydroxyapatite (HAp) based ceramics are attracting attention because of their excellent osteoconductive and bioactive properties. Although having sufficient biocompatibility, HAp cannot perform the expected mechanical properties of a hard tissue. It is considered that, the production of composites by adding variety of materials to nHAp would improve mechanical properties and by controlling important parameters such as particle size and shape, particle distribution and agglomeration also affect the mechanical properties. Accordingly, in this study, nano-sized hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) having different compositional percentages was added to the nHAp to form novel composites with expected properties and the effect of sintering process on microstructure and morphological properties of sintered composites were investigated. For the structural characterization, XRD, Raman Spectroscopy and EDS were used, and for the identification of morphology and surface features, SEM, FIB and AFM analyses were conducted.