Synthesis of poly(ε-caprolactone)/hydroxyapatite nanocomposites using in-situ co-precipitation

Won Young Choi, Hyoun Ee Kim, Se Yoon Oh, Young Hag Koh

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Hybrid poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)/hydroxyapatite(HA) nanocomposites with various HA contents (0, 10, 20, 30 wt.%) were synthesized using an in-situ co-precipitation method. All nanocomposites prepared contained elongated HA nanocrystals dispersed uniformly in the PCL matrix without severe agglomeration. The tensile strength decreased from 13.5 ± 0.4 to 10.2 ± 0.3 MPa with increasing the HA content from 0 to 30 wt.%, whereas the elastic modulus increased from 85 ± 4.2 to 183 ± 6.6 MPa. In addition, the ALP activity was increased remarkably due to the presence of bioactive HA nanocrystals within the composites. The nanocomposite containing 30 wt.% HA showed a higher elastic modulus and ALP activity than the conventional PCL/HA composite with an initial HA content of 30 wt.%. This was attributed to the nanoscale hybridization of the HA nanocrystals without significant agglomeration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)777-780
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering C
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun 15

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by a grant from the Fundamental R&D Program for Core Technology of Materials funded by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Republic of Korea.


  • Co-precipitation
  • Hydroxyapatite
  • Nanocomposites
  • Poly(ε-caprolactone)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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