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Bioactive Glasses: Materials, Properties and Applications
It is a well-known fact that for decades bioactive glasses have been used as highly effective implant materials throughout the human body to replace or repair damaged tissue. As a natural consequence, a variety of products based on bioactive glasses have been in continuous focus in a number of universities around the world for the improvement of properties of these unique materials for clinical use. The first edition of Bioactive Glasses was published to provide the global society of researchers and scientists with a relevant information source for this unique material both from the chemistry point of view and its clinical applications.
An updated edition of Bioactive Glasses is published to complete and, before all, to update the chapters of the previous book. As in the first edition, Part I in the current book is focused on the materials and mechanical properties of bioactive glasses, and Part II on the applications of bioactive glasses.
We hope that this book too, with its distinguished editor and expert team of contributors will be an invaluable reference for researchers and scientists in the field of biomaterials, both in academia and in industry.
For a limited time you can read Chapter 2: Bioactive glass structure and solubility on ScienceDirect. Since their discovery, bioactive glasses have been regarded as excellent candidates for the design and manufacture of biomaterials, thanks to their excellent biocompatibility, variable porosity in line with their partial reabsorption capacity that depend on synthesis methods used. The fact that makes this phenomenon possible is highly complex on account of the large number of factors related to the nature of the material, especially the surface topography and matrix structure. Understanding the structure and physicochemical behavior of bioactive glasses is a fundamental step in making significant progress towards the design of a new generation of materials. To achieve this, it is necessary to combine both theoretical models and characterization techniques that are particularly sensitive to structural modifications. This chapter presents a comparative theoretical and experimental study to elucidate structural aspects of bioactive glasses, produced using sol-gel and melting methods in the SiO2-CaO-MgO-Na2O-P2O5 system. The influence of the network connectivity on the “in vitro” bioactive behavior is disclosed and the bioactivity limits of glasses as a function of their effective composition established.
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