Facile Synthesis of Branched Fluoride-Substituted Hydroxyapatite Multipod Microcrystals
A convenient secondary evaporation-enrichment process, followed by hydrothermal treatment, is proposed to synthesize well-dispersed, branched FHAp multipods. The branched FHAp is characterized by scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and X-ray energy dispersion spectroscopy. Results demonstrate that the branched FHAp grows along the  direction, and the cross section of each sub-branch is a hexagonal (001) plane because of the preferential growth of the hexagonal HAp structure. Supersaturation plays an important role in governing the anisotropic growth of the branched FHAp multipods. The branched microstructures presented in this study offer a new approach to design distinct structures architecturally and to enable new potential applications.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: August 1, 2016
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