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Advanced solid state NMR techniques for the investigation of the organic-mineral interfaces in biomaterials: 2009 MRS Fall Meeting

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  • D. Laurencin
  • G. Guerrero
  • J. Amalric
  • C. Bonhomme
  • C. Gervais
  • M.E. Smith
  • P.H. Mutin
Publication date2010
Number of pages6
<mark>Original language</mark>English


High resolution solid state NMR experiments were carried out on several compounds, to see how this technique can now be used to investigate in detail the surface structure of different biomaterials. First, because the surface of titanium implants can be functionalized by phosphonic acids, for instance to prevent bacterial adhesion, 17O NMR experiments were performed on model TiO2 surfaces functionalized by 17O enriched phosphonic acids, to look at the mode of grafting of these coupling agents. Results bring clear evidence of the formation of Ti-O-P bridges and of the presence of residual P=O and P-OH groups. Second, given that calcium phosphates are widely present in biological hard tissues and synthetic biomaterials, 43Ca correlation experiments were performed on Ca enriched materials (hydroxyapatite and calcium benzoate), to see how the proximities between this nucleus and neighbouring atoms can be analyzed. Results show that both Ca...C and Ca...H proximities can be evidenced, and could thus help elucidate interface structures. All in all, these studies should pave the way to future investigations of biomaterials, and in particular of the structure of organic-inorganic interfaces. © 2010 Materials Research Society.