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Li Jin, Renjie Huo, Runping Guo, Fei Li, Da-Wei Wang, Ye Tian, Qingyuan Hu, Xiaoyong Wei, Zhanbing He, Yan Yan, Gang Liu
Electrostrictive effect has some advantages over the piezoelectric effect, including temperature-stability and hysteresis-free character. In the present work, we report the diffuse phase transitions and electrostrictive properties in lead-free Fe3+-doped 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (BZT-0.5BCT) ferroelectric ceramics. The doping concentration was set from 0.25 mole % to 2 mole % . It is found that by introducing Fe3+ ion into BZT-0.5BCT, the temperature corresponding to permittivity maximum Tm was shifted toward lower temperature monotonically by 37 oC per mole % Fe3+ ion...
October 24, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Xinrong Lin, Maryam Salari, Leela Mohana Reddy Arava, Pulickel M Ajayan, Mark W Grinstaff
With the ongoing global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emission and dependence on oil, electrical energy storage (EES) devices such as Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors have become ubiquitous. Today, EES devices are entering the broader energy use arena and playing key roles in energy storage, transfer, and delivery within, for example, electric vehicles, large-scale grid storage, and sensors located in harsh environmental conditions, where performance at temperatures greater than 25 °C are required. The safety and high temperature durability are as critical or more so than other essential characteristics (e...
October 24, 2016: Chemical Society Reviews
Isil Cekic-Nagas, Gulfem Ergun, Ferhan Egilmez, Pekka Kalevi Vallittu, Lippo Veli Juhana Lassila
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of hydrofluoric acid treatment on bond strength of resin cements to three different types of ceramic/glass containing CAD-CAM block composite materials. METHODS: CAD-CAM block materials of polymer infiltrated (Vita Enamic), resin nanoceramic (Lava Ultimate) and nanoceramic (Cerasmart) with a thickness of 1.5mm were randomly divided into two groups according to the surface treatment performed. In Group 1, specimens were wet-ground with silicon carbide abrasive papers up to no...
March 10, 2016: Journal of Prosthodontic Research
Hatice Zehra Akbas, Zeki Aydin, Onur Yilmaz, Selvin Turgut
The effects of the homogenization process on the structures and dielectric properties of pure and Nb-doped BaTiO3 ceramics have been investigated using an ultrasonic homogenization and conventional mechanical methods. The reagents were homogenized using an ultrasonic processor with high-intensity ultrasonic waves and using a compact mixer-shaker. The components and crystal types of the powders were determined by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses. The complex permittivity (ε('), ε″) and AC conductivity (σ') of the samples were analyzed in a wide frequency range of 20Hz to 2MHz at room temperature...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Li Huang, Bo Zhou, Huayu Wu, Li Zheng, Jinmin Zhao
Although biphasic calcium phosphate ceramic (BCP) holds promise in therapy of bone defect, surface mineralization prior to implantation may improve the bioactivity to better integrate with the host. Immersion in simulated body fluid (SBF) and bovine serum albumin-simulated body fluid (BSA-SBF) are common methods to form apatite interface layer. This study was intended to investigate the effect of SBF and BSA-SBF treatment on the bioactivity of BCP in vitro. In this study, osteoblasts were grown on BCP with or without treatment of SBF or BSA-SBF, and detected with general observation, scanning electron microscope (SEM), cell proliferation assay, morphology observation, viability assay, alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity assay, and osteogenic specific gene expression of alkaline phosphatase (ALPL), bone gamma-carboxyglutamate (gla) protein (BGLAP), bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2), bone sialoprotein (BSP), type I collagen (COLI) and runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2) after culture of 2, 5 and 8days...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Shi Yun Tong, Zuyong Wang, Poon Nian Lim, Wilson Wang, Eng San Thian
Regeneration of injuries at tendon-to-bone interface (TBI) remains a challenging issue due to the complex tissue composition involving both soft tendon tissues and relatively hard bone tissues. Tissue engineering using polymeric/ceramic composites has been of great interest to generate scaffolds for tissue's healing at TBI. Herein, we presented a novel method to blend polymers and bioceramics for tendon tissue engineering application. A homogeneous composite comprising of nanohydroxyapatite (nHA) particles in poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) matrix was obtained using a combination of solvent and mechanical blending process...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Zhurong Tang, Yanfei Tan, Yilu Ni, Jing Wang, Xiangdong Zhu, Yujiang Fan, Xuening Chen, Xiao Yang, Xingdong Zhang
Phase composition played a key role in the biodegradation of calcium phosphate ceramics (CaP), which in turn influences the osteoinductive ability. The in vivo biological mechanism is still poorly understood. In this study, four types of porous CaP ceramics were investigated, namely, hydroxyapatite (HA), β-tricalcium phosphate (TCP), and biphasic calcium phosphates BCP1 and BCP2, with HA to β-TCP ratios of 70/30 and 30/70, respectively. The four types of ceramics were implanted into thigh muscle of mice for 16weeks...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
S D Heintze, A Eser, D Monreal, V Rousson
OBJECTIVE: Dynamic loading is a more important predictor for the clinical longevity of ceramic crowns than static loading. However, dynamic loading machines are costly and mostly have only one test station. The SD Mechatronik Chewing Simulator (formerly Willytec) may be a cost-effective alternative to evaluate the fatigue resistance of metal ceramic crowns. METHOD: Four metal ceramic materials were tested on lower first molar crowns: GC InitiaI, Creation (Willy Geller), IPS InLine (Ivoclar Vivadent) and the new low-fusion IPS Style Ceram (Ivoclar Vivadent)...
September 14, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
W Montes-Quiroz, F Baillon, O Louisnard, B Boyer, F Espitalier
A single bubble oscillating in a levitation cell is acoustically monitored by a piezo-ceramics microphone glued on the cell external wall. The correlation of the filtered signal recorded over distant cycles on one hand, and its harmonic content on the other hand, are shown to carry rich information on the bubble stability and existence. For example, the harmonic content of the signal is shown to increase drastically once air is fully dissociated in the bubble, and the resulting pure argon bubble enters into the upper branch of the sonoluminescence regime...
October 14, 2016: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Evelise M Souza, Jan De Munck, Pong Pongprueksa, Annelies Van Ende, Bart Van Meerbeek
OBJECTIVES: To determine the interfacial fracture toughness (iFT) and micro-tensile strength (μTBS) of composite cements bonded to dentin. METHODS: Fifty feldspar ceramic blocks (Vita Mark II, Vita Zahnfabrik) were luted onto dentin using two self-adhesive (G-CEM LinkAce, GC; SpeedCEM, Ivoclar Vivadent), two self-etch (Multilink Primer & Multilink Automix, Ivoclar Vivadent; Scotchbond Universal & RelyX Ultimate, 3 M ESPE), and one etch-and-rinse (Excite F DSC & Variolink II, Ivoclar Vivadent) composite cement (n=10)...
October 19, 2016: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
Hossein E Jazayeri, Mohammadreza Tahriri, Mehdi Razavi, Kimia Khoshroo, Farahnaz Fahimipour, Erfan Dashtimoghadam, Luis Almeida, Lobat Tayebi
Tissue regeneration is rapidly evolving to treat anomalies in the entire human body. The production of biodegradable, customizable scaffolds to achieve this clinical aim is dependent on the interdisciplinary collaboration among clinicians, bioengineers and materials scientists. While bone grafts and varying reconstructive procedures have been traditionally used for maxillofacial defects, the goal of this review is to provide insight on all materials involved in the progressing utilization of the tissue engineering approach to yield successful treatment outcomes for both hard and soft tissues...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Saeid Tajbakhsh, Faezeh Hajiali
The fabrication of a suitable scaffold material is one of the major challenges for bone tissue engineering. Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) is one of the most favorable matrix materials in bone tissue engineering owing to its biocompatibility and biodegradability. However, PLA suffers from some shortcomings including low degradation rate, low cell adhesion caused by its hydrophobic property, and inflammatory reactions in vivo due to its degradation product, lactic acid. Therefore, the incorporation of bioactive reinforcements is considered as a powerful method to improve the properties of PLA...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Howa Begam, Samit Kumar Nandi, Biswanath Kundu, Abhijit Chanda
Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are the most significant growth factors that belong to the Transforming Growth Factor Beta (TGF-β) super-family. Though more than twenty members of this family have been identified so far in humans, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two growth factors: BMP-2 and BMP-7 for treatments of spinal fusion and long-bone fractures with collagen carriers. Currently BMPs are clinically used in spinal fusion, oral and maxillofacial surgery and also in the repair of long bone defects...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Kayla Presley, Jinwoo Hwang, Soshan Cheong, Richard Tilley, Josh Collins, Mariano Viapiano, John Lannutti
Optical oxygen sensors have many promising qualities but rely on excitation by violet or blue wavelengths that suffer from high levels of scattering and absorption in biological tissues. Here we demonstrate an alternative method using 980nm near-infrared light to initially stimulate ceramic upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs) contained within a novel form, electrospun core-shell fibers. The emission of the UCNPs excites a molecular optical oxygen sensor, the subsequent phosphorescent emission being dynamically quenched by the presence of molecular oxygen...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
M Buchi Suresh, P Biswas, V Mahender, Roy Johnson
Hydroxyapatite ceramics synthesized through sonochemical route were processed and densified through ramp & hold (R&H) and Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) routes. The effect of processing route on the relative density and electrical conductivity were studied. Further, the samples were Hot Isostatically Pressed (HIP) under argon pressure at elevated temperature to further densify the sample. All these samples processed under different conditions were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy and AC Conductivity...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
K Thenmozhi, S Sriman Narayanan
The enzyme horseradish peroxidase and the water-soluble mediator toluidine blue were covalently immobilized to 3-aminopropyl trimethoxy silane precursor through glutaraldehyde crosslinker. A rigid ceramic composite electrode was fabricated from this modified silane along with graphite powder, which resulted in an amperometric biosensor for H2O2. The electrochemical behaviour of the modified biosensor was monitored using cyclic voltammetry in the potential range of 0.2V to -0.4V vs SCE. The biosensor exhibited a stable voltammogram with cathodic peak at -0...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Ali Farzin, Mohammadhossein Fathi, Rahmatollah Emadi
Hyperthermia and local drug delivery have been proposed as potential therapeutic approaches for killing cancer cells. The development of bioactive materials such as Hardystonite (HT) with magnetic and drug delivery properties can potentially meet this target. This new class of magnetic bioceramic can replace the widely used magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, whose long-term biocompatibility is not clear. Magnetic HT can be potentially employed to develop new ceramic scaffolds for bone surgery and anticancer therapies...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Emad M M Ewais, Amira M M Amin, Yasser M Z Ahmed, Eman A Ashor, Ulrike Hess, Kurosch Rezwan
This paper describes the effect of magnesia in the presence of zirconia on the bioactivity, microstructure and physico-mechanical properties of calcium silicate composition adjusted at calcia/silica ratio(C/S) of 0.5. A mixture from calcium carbonate and silica was conducted at C/S of 0.5. 20wt.% of magnesia and 5-25wt.% of ZrO2 were added. Each mixture was mixed with ethanol in a planetary ball mill, dried, formed and fired at a temperature of 1325±5°C. Phase composition, FE-SEM, and physico-mechanical properties of the fired specimens were determined and explained...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Muhammad Shoaib Butt, Jing Bai, Xiaofeng Wan, Chenglin Chu, Feng Xue, Hongyan Ding, Guanghong Zhou
Full biodegradable magnesium alloy (AZ31) strengthened poly-lactic acid (PLA) composite rods for potential application for bone fracture fixation were prepared by plastic injection process in this work. Their surface/interfacial morphologies, mechanical properties and vitro degradation were studied. In comparison with untreated Mg rod, porous MgO ceramic coating on Mg surface formed by Anodizing (AO) and micro-arc-oxidation (MAO)treatment can significantly improve the interfacial binding between outer PLA cladding and inner Mg rod due to the micro-anchoring action, leading to better mechanical properties and degradation performance of the composite rods...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Adham Elsayed, Sebastian Wille, Majed Al-Akhali, Matthias Kern
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: The whitish color of zirconia (ZrO2) abutments offers favorable esthetics compared with the grayish color of titanium (Ti) abutments. Nonetheless, ZrO2 has greater opacity, making it difficult to achieve natural tooth color. Therefore, lithium disilicate (LaT) abutments have been suggested to replace metal abutments. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the fracture strength and failure mode of single-tooth implant restorations using ZrO2 and LaT abutments, and to compare them with titanium (Ti) abutments...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
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