Giuseppe Pezzotti

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Two types of tetragonal zirconia polycrystals (TZP), a ceria-stabilized TZP/Al2O3 nanocomposite (CZA) and a conventional yttria-stabilized TZP (Y-TZP), were sandblasted with 70-microm alumina and 125-microm SiC powders, then partially annealed at 500-1200 degrees C for five minutes. Monoclinic ZrO2 content was determined by X-ray diffractometry and Raman(More)
A Raman microprobe spectroscopy characterization of microscopic fracture mechanisms is presented for a natural hydroxyapatite material (cortical bovine femur) and two synthetic hydroxyapatite-based materials with biomimetic structures-a hydroxyapatite skeleton interpenetrated with a metallic (silver) or a polymeric (nylon-6) phase. In both the natural and(More)
Right nephrectomy and ligation of the left renal vein often lead to acute renal failure, but not obligatorily to renal infarction and chronic uremia, thanks to the peculiar venous supply of the left kidney. A man underwent right nephrectomy, inferior cavectomy and ligation of the left renal vein and became anuric. Hemodialysis was necessary for some days,(More)
Latest trends in load-bearing materials for arthroplastic applications involve the development of highly fracture resistant alumina/zirconia composites, as an alternative choice to alumina and zirconia monolithic ceramics. Composite materials are designed from both chemical and microstructural viewpoints in order to prevent environmental degradation and(More)
OBJECTIVE The effect of a novel light curing process, namely soft light energy release (SLER), on shrinkage, mechanical strength and residual stress of four dental restorative materials (DEI experience, Gradia Direct, Enamel Plus HFO and Venus) was investigated. METHODS Composite specimens were fast cured through high level of power density and soft light(More)
A current controversy over the nature of fracture in silica glass is revisited in the light of additional experimental evidence obtained by cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy in the immediate crack-tip zone of two different types of silica glass. The Letter describes the dual experimental output obtained by monitoring optically active oxygen defects in(More)
The clinical history of yttria-stabilized, zirconia (Zr) ceramic has been controversial. In the patient, combinations of hydrothermal and mechanical shocks may trigger detrimental changes in Zr balls that have inferior metastability. Transformations from tetragonal to monoclinic phase may be influenced by impingement, dislocation, and disassociation in(More)
OBJECTIVES To study the mRNA expression of each muscarinic receptor subtype in bladder areas involved in micturition, such as the bladder dome, neck, and trigone. Our study focused on the analysis of the gene expression of muscarinic receptors in the human male and female urinary bladder. Other than the well-known role of bladder parasympathetic(More)
The aim of this paper is to clarify at the nanometer scale the relevant factors influencing the hydrothermal resistance to polymorphic transformation of alumina/zirconia composites, primary candidates for artificial joint applications. The topographic distribution of oxygen vacancies and lattice strain on the composite surface were visualized by means of(More)