Production and characterization of calcium phosphate (CaP) whisker-reinforced poly(ε-caprolactone) composites as bone regenerative

Won Young Choi, Hyoun Ee Kim, Mi Jin Kim, Uoong Chul Kim, Ji Hwan Kim, Young-Hag Koh

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Calcium phosphate (CaP) whisker-reinforced poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) composites with various CaP contents (0, 5, 10, and 20 wt.%) were prepared by dispersing CaP whiskers in a PCL solution. To accomplish this, CaP whiskers were synthesized by treating tricalcium phosphate (TCP) powders in a hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) solution at 90 °C for 48 h. All the prepared composites showed well dispersed CaP whiskers in the PCL matrix without severe agglomeration. As the CaP content was increased from 0 to 20 wt.%, the ultimate tensile strength decreased from 13.2 ± 0.9 to 8.8 ± 0.4 MPa, while the elastic modulus increased significantly from 173 ± 21 to 334 ± 24 MPa. In addition, the addition of CaP whiskers to the PCL matrix improved the biocompatibility of the composites remarkably.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1280-1284
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering C
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct 12



  • Composites
  • Hydroxyapatite
  • Poly(ε-caprolactone)
  • Whiskers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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