Extreme Biomimetics: Formation of zirconium dioxide nanophase using chitinous scaffolds under hydrothermal conditions

Hermann Ehrlich*, Paul Simon, Mykhaylo Motylenko, Marcin Wysokowski, Vasilii V. Bazhenov, Roberta Galli, Allison L. Stelling, Dawid Stawski, Micha Ilan, Hartmut Stöcker, Barbara Abendroth, René Born, Teofil Jesionowski, Krzysztof J. Kurzydłowski, Dirk C. Meyer

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

85 Scopus citations

Abstract

Chitinous scaffolds isolated from the skeleton of marine sponge Aplysina cauliformis were used as a template for the in vitro formation of zirconium dioxide nanophase from ammonium zirconium(iv) carbonate (AZC) under extreme conditions (150 °C). These novel zirconia-chitin based composites were prepared for the first time using hydrothermal synthesis, and were thoroughly characterized using a plethora of analytical methods. The thermostability of the chitinous 3D matrix makes it ideal for use in the hydrothermal synthesis of monoclinic nanostructured zirconium dioxide from precursors like AZC. These zirconium-chitin composites have a high potential for use in a broad range of applications ranging from synthetic catalysis to biocompatible materials for bone and dental repair. The synthetic methods presented in this work show an attractive route for producing monoclinic zirconium dioxide on a 3D biocompatible scaffold with ease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5092-5099
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry B
Volume1
Issue number38
DOIs
StatePublished - 14 Oct 2013

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Extreme Biomimetics: Formation of zirconium dioxide nanophase using chitinous scaffolds under hydrothermal conditions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this