Mixed silica–calcite matrices were prepared by developing a “low” temperature (sol–gel) method in presence of several biocompatible polymers, thus providing samples with adequate porosity for the flow of biological fluids and also mechanically robust. In order to analyse and characterise the sample’s microenvironments, the highly solvatochromic probe Nile red was used, which enabled the role of polymer addition upon local environmental effects in the host media to be elucidated. The polymers used were polyethylene glycol, polymethylmethacrylate and polyethylene. Each matrix was also characterized with respect to microstructure, morphology and pore size via the use of X-ray diffractometry and scanning electron microscopy.
- biocompatible glass
- scanning electron microscopy