Micromechanical properties of a hydroxyapatite/poly-l-lactide biocomposite using nanoindentation and modulus mapping

P. S. Uskokovic, Chak Yin Tang, Chi Pong Tsui, N. Ignjatovic, D. P. Uskokovic

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Biocomposites with ceramic fillers and polymer matrix are becoming attractive materials for bone tissue replacements. Nanoindentation has been used to locally characterize the surface mechanical properties of the hydroxyapatite/poly-l-lactide (HAp/PLLA) biocomposite. Additionally, differences in the mechanical properties of HAp phase were successfully characterized as a function of surface morphology by using a high-resolution modulus mapping technique. HAp granules consist of agglomerates of grainy clusters. Mechanical properties of ceramic grains and PLLA are in fair agreement with literature data. High-resolution methods were able to measure the properties of boundary phases between grains and the pore regions between particles in the agglomerate. After short-time immersion in distilled water, material surface showed a large decrease in storage modulus.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1559-1564
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the European Ceramic Society
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • Biomedical applications
  • Composites
  • Mechanical properties
  • Nanoindentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites

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