Improvement of compressive strength of porous hydroxyapatite scaffolds by adding polystyrene to camphene-based slurries

Se W. Yook, Hyoun E. Kim, Byung H. Yoon, Young M. Soon, Young-Hag Koh

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The compressive strength of porous hydroxyapatite (HA) scaffolds was enhanced by adding polystyrene (PS) polymer as a binder to hydroxyapatite (HA)/camphene slurries. As the PS content was increased from 0 to 20 vol.% in relation to the HA content, the compressive strength was significantly increased from 1.1 ± 0.2 to 2.3 ± 0.5 MPa, while the pore size was decreased from 277 ± 47 to 170 ± 29 μm. The improvement in the compressive strength was mainly attributed to both the suppression of the cracking of the green sample during freeze drying and the mitigation of the formation of micro-pores in the HA walls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)955-958
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr 30



  • Compressive strength
  • Freeze casting
  • Hydroxyapatite
  • Polystyrene
  • Porous scaffolds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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