Biocompatible Composites with Multifunctional Properties Based on Bioactive Glass and Bovine-Derived Hydroxyapatite

 

Investigator: Jennifer Hermann Muñoz (Visiting PhD student from Cinvestav Querétaro, Mexico)

Jennifer Hermann Muñoz

 

Supervisors: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Aldo R. Boccaccini, Dr.-Ing. Juan Muñoz Saldaña (Cinvestav Querétaro)

 
The study and development of novel materials that can mimic the bone regeneration process represents huge opportunity to positively impact the field of bone tissue engineering. In this work, a study of the mechanical, electrical, physicochemical and biological properties of a quasi-ternary system composed by two bioactive materials, namely bioactive glass and bovine-derived hydroxyapatite (HAp), and a lead-free piezoelectric ceramic is proposed. The main motivation developing composites with these materials is to find a synergistic combination of the HAp osteoconductivity, BG osteoinductivity and piezoelectric properties of the piezoelectric ceramic to enhance the performance of implantable devices.