Synthesis of aligned porous poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)/hydroxyapatite (HA) composite microspheres

Mi Jin Kim, Young Hag Koh

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We synthesized poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)/hydroxyapatite (HA) composite microspheres with an aligned porous structure and evaluated their potential applications in bone tissue engineering. A range of HA particles (0, 5, 10 and 20 wt.% in relation to the PCL polymer) were added to a PCL solution in order to improve the biocompatibility of the porous PCL/HA composite microspheres. All the synthesized microspheres showed that the HA particles were distributed well in the PCL matrix, while preserving their aligned porous structure. The average size of the PCL/HA composite microspheres increased from 62 ± 7 to 179 ± 95 μm with increasing HA content from 0 to 20 wt.%. The incorporation of the HA particles to the PCL polymer led to a considerable improvement in in vitro bioactivity, which was assessed by immersing the PCL/HA composite microspheres in simulated body fluid (SBF). A number of apatite crystals could be precipitated on the surface of the aligned porous PCL/HA composite microspheres after soaking in the SBF for 7 days.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2266-2272
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering C
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 May 1


  • Composite
  • Hydroxyapatite
  • In vitro bioactivity
  • Polymer
  • Pore

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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