Development of Gelatin/HA Membranes
The aim of this work is to develop membranes of gelatin/hydorxyapatite composite for using as mechanical barrier. Membranes with 4% of gelatin and 0.5-3% of hydroxyapatite were studied. The composite was obtained by heterogeneous co-precipitation method. X-ray diffractometry showed the formation of a pure phase of hydroxyapatite with excellent crystallinity. Using atomic force microscopy, the distribution of crystals of hydroxyapatite in the gelatin matrix was observed, with nanoparticles of about 50-100nm in a homogeneous mixture. After crosslinking process with glutaraldehyde at different concentrations (0.5, 1, 1.5 and 2%), a significant decrease of the swelling behavior was observed due to the increase of the amount of triple helix in the samples, which increases their stability in aqueous solution.
Marcelo Prado and Cecília Zavaglia
L. C. de Oliveira Vercik et al., "Development of Gelatin/HA Membranes", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 396-398, pp. 421-424, 2009