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Jungki Ryu, Sook Hee Ku, Haeshin Lee and Chan Beum Park Mussel-Inspired Polydopamine Coating as a Universal Route to Hydroxyapatite Crystallization Advanced Functional Materials 20

Article first published online: 25 MAY 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.200902347

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A universal biomineralization approach readily integrates hydroxyapatites on ceramics, noble metals, semiconductors, and synthetic polymers, irrespective of the size and morphology of the substrate. Surface-anchored catecholamine moieties in the polydopamine enriches calcium ions at the interface, facilitating the formation of hydroxyapatite crystals that are aligned to the c-axes, parallel to the polydopamine layer, as is observed in natural hydroxyapatites in mineralized tissues.

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