Apatite formation on carbon nanotubes

Tsukasa Akasaka, Fumio Watari, Yoshinori Sato, Kazuyuki Tohji

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Apatite coating on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) was done with a biomimetic coating method. The multi-walled CNTs (MWNTs) of curled shape with about 30 nm in diameter were immersed for 2 weeks in the simulated body fluid. Observation by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed the formation of apatite on the MWNTs surface. The clusters of spherules consisting of needle-shaped apatite crystallites were massively grown on the aggregated MWNTs. The crystallites of 100 nm in width and 200-500 nm in length were grown perpendicularly to the longitudinal direction and radially originating from a common center of a single MWNT. Thus, the architecture of crystalline apatite at nano-scale levels could be produced by simple method and the MWNT may be acting as core for initial crystallization of apatite.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-678
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering C
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006 May


  • Apatite
  • Biomimetic coating
  • Carbon nanotubes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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