Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-TiO2 hybrids with PDMS (M=550)/tetraethylorthotitanate molar ratios at 0.27, 0.68 and 1.35, i.e. Si/Ti atomic ratios at 2, 5 and 10 (hybrids PD2, PD5 and PD10, respectively) were prepared by a sol-gel method. Hybrid PD2 formed many cracks. Hybrids PD5 and PD10 were subjected to hot-water treatment 80°C for 7 d. Hybrid PD5 produced cracks, whereas hybrid PD10 was crack-free after the hot-water treatment. Hybrid PD10 took a homogeneous amorphous structure before the hot-water treatment, and precipitated anatase particles 10-20 nm in size after the hot-water treatment. Hybrid PD10 did not form apatite on its surface in a simulated body fluid before the hot-water treatment, but formed it after the hot-water treatment. The obtained hybrid showed elastic deformation as large as 200% after the hot-water treatment. This kind of hybrid could be useful as a new type of bone-repairing material.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 2003 Dec|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering