Scanning electron microscopy analysis of sol-gel derived biocompatible glass

A. Sheila Holmes-Smith, Graham Hungerford, Mahesh Uttamlal, Mariana Amaro, Pedro Martins, Louise McBrearty, Gemma Love, Isabel Ferreira

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    Bioactive silica gels / polymer systems have been produced using a sol-gel route and their bio-compatibility has been investigated by immersing them in simulated body fluid (SBF). The porous monoliths have been characterised by SEM and EDX analysis where images obtained show pores on the surface of 10 - 200 µm. The silica gels are not homogeneous and distinct regions of silicon and calcium are observed. The growth of an apatite layer on the surface of the gels was evident after steeping in SBF.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


    • biocompatible glass
    • scanning electron microscopy


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