Fabrication and characterization of porous tricalcium phosphate ceramics

Koc N., Timucin M., Korkusuz F.

CERAMICS INTERNATIONAL, vol.30, no.2, pp.205-211, 2004 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0272-8842(03)00090-7
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.205-211
  • Keywords: slip casting, microstructure, TCP powder, porous ceramic, BONE, HYDROXYAPATITE


Preforms of beta tricalcium phosphate (beta-TCP) ceramics were produced by using a modified slip casting technique. The slip was prepared by suspending custom-made TCP powder and PMMA beads in an aqueous medium stabilized with an acrylic deflocculant. Porous TCP ceramics were obtained by sintering the polymer-free preforms for 2 h at 1000 degreesC. The XRD pattern for the TCP ceramic indicated that the product was essentially pure beta-TCP. SEM examination of pore size and pore size distribution revealed that the ceramic was appropriate for repair of cortical defects. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd and Techna S.r.l. All rights reserved.