Dendrimer-Based Hydroxyapatite Composites with Remarkable Materials Properties


  • The authors thank E. W. Meijer for stimulating discussions as well as for his continuous support of this research.


The biomimetic formation of hydroxyapatite composites using complexes of alkylated dendrimers (see Figure) and surfactants as templates is described. Despite a high organic content, high stiffness is displayed, and for one dendrimer/surfactant combination investigated, significant toughening is observed.