Interactions of hydroxyapatite surfaces: Conditioning films of human whole saliva
2008 (English)In: Langmuir, ISSN 0743-7463, E-ISSN 1520-5827, Vol. 24, no 14, 7262-7268 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Hydroxyapatite is a very interesting material given that it is the main component in tooth enamel and because of its uses in bone implant applications. Therefore, not only the characterization of its surface is of high relevance but also designing reliable methods to study the interfacial properties of films adsorbed onto it. In this paper we apply the colloidal probe atomic force microscopy method to investigate the surface properties of commercially available hydroxyapatite surfaces (both microscopic particles and macroscopic discs) in terms of interfacial and frictional forces. In this way, we find that hydroxyapatite surfaces at physiological relevant conditions are slightly negatively charged. The surfaces were then exposed to human whole saliva, and the surface properties were re-evaluated. A thick film was formed that was very resistant to mechanical stress. The frictional measurements demonstrated that the film was indeed highly lubricating, supporting the argument that this system may prove to be a relevant model for evaluating dental and implant systems.
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2008. Vol. 24, no 14, 7262-7268 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-17675DOI: 10.1021/la800402sISI: 000257468300033ScopusID: 2-s2.0-47949131739OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-17675DiVA: diva2:335720
QC 201005252010-08-052010-08-05Bibliographically approved