Konstantinos D. Demadis

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This is the second paper on principles of demineralization. The initial paper is dedicated to the common definitions and the history of demineralization. In present work we review the principles and mechanisms of decalcification, i.e., removing the mineral Ca-containing compounds (phosphates and carbonates) from the organic matrix in its two main aspects:(More)
In contrast to biomineralization phenomena, that are among the most widely studied topics in modern material and earth science and biomedicine, much less is systematized on modern view of demineralization. Biomineralized structures and tissues are composites, containing a biologically produced organic matrix and nano- or microscale amorphous or crystalline(More)
A novel method for the synthesis of phosphocitrate (1, PC) starting from triethyl ester of citric acid and MeOPCl2 is described. The method is based on selective stepwise hydrolysis of ester moieties from the intermediate Me-O-P(O)(Cl)(Z) (Z = triethylcitrate), 4a, which also allows one to prepare partially esterified derivatives of PC with good yield and(More)
We have developed a series of pH- and temperature-stimuli-sensitive vinyl hydrogels, bearing α-amino acid residues (L-phenylalanine, L-valine) and incorporating magnetic nanoparticles of different chemical compositions (CoFe2O4 and Fe3O4). The goal was to study the potential applications of these nanocomposites in the controlled release of doxorubicin(More)
Phosphocitrate [PC] is a powerful inhibitor of biological crystallization and a potential disease modifying drug for crystal associated diseases such as crystals associated osteoarthritis [OA]. Recently, it has been reported that a new PC complex salt, calcium sodium PC [CaNaPC], is much more powerful than its precursor, sodium PC [NaPC], in reducing the(More)
Mono- and disilicic acids were stabilized by uncharged polyethylene glycols (PEGs) in silica-supersaturated solutions (the starting solution contained 500 ppm/8.3 mM sodium orthosilicate, Na2SiO3·5H2O, expressed as SiO2) at pH = 7, most likely by hydrogen bonding between the silanol groups and -CH2-CH2-O-ether moieties. The stabilization was monitored by(More)
A family of M-VP (M = Ni, Co, Cd, Mn, Zn, Fe, Cu, Pb; VP = vinylphosphonate) and M-PVP (M = Co, Cd; PVP = phenylvinylphosphonate) materials have been synthesized by hydrothermal methods and characterized by FT-IR, elemental analysis, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Their structures were determined either by single crystal X-ray crystallography or from(More)