Zhongkui Hong

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Nanocomposite of hydroxyapatite (HAP) surface-grafted with poly(l-lactide) (PLLA) (g-HAP) shows a wide application for bone fixation materials due to its improved interface compatibility, mechanical property and biocompatibility in our previous study. In this paper, a 3-D porous scaffold of g-HAP/poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) was fabricated using the(More)
In order to improve the bonding between hydroxyapatite (HAP) particles and poly(L-lactide) (PLLA), and hence to increase mechanical properties of the PLLA/HAP composite as potential bone substitute material, the HAP nano-particles were surface-grafted with PLLA and further blended with PLLA. The structure and properties of the composites were subsequently(More)
Porous nanocomposite scaffolds of poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) containing different quantities of bioactive glass ceramic (BGC) nanoparticles (SiO(2):CaO:P(2)O(5) approximately 55:40:5 (mol)) were prepared by a thermally induced phase-separation method. Dioxane was used as the solvent for PLLA. Introduction of less than 20wt.% of BGC nanoparticles did not(More)
Novel bioactive glass (BG) nanoparticles/poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) composites were prepared as promising bone-repairing materials. The BG nanoparticles (Si:P:Ca=29:13:58 weight ratio) of about 40nm diameter were prepared via the sol-gel method. In order to improve the phase compatibility between the polymer and the inorganic phase, PLLA (M(n)=9700Da) was(More)
Increased vascular stiffness is fundamental to hypertension, and its complications, including atherosclerosis, suggest that therapy should also be directed at vascular stiffness, rather than just the regulation of peripheral vascular resistance. It is currently held that the underlying mechanisms of vascular stiffness in hypertension only involve the(More)
There is increasing interest in the development of new tissue engineering strategies to deliver cells and bioactive agents encapsulated in a biodegradable matrix through minimally invasive procedures. The present work proposes to combine chitosan-beta-glycerophosphate salt formulations with bioactive glass nanoparticles in order to conceive novel injectable(More)
To improve the mechanical properties of the composites of poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA, LA/GA = 80/20) and the carbonate hydroxyapatite (CHAP) particles, the rice-form or claviform CHAP particles with 30-40 nm in diameter and 100-200 nm in length were prepared by precipitation method. The uncalcined CHAP particles have a coarse surface with a lot of(More)
Mono-dispersed SiO(2)-CaO bioactive glass nanospheres (BGNS) were prepared by a two step sol-gel method in the absence of surfactant. The size of BGNS ranged from 200 to 350 nm in diameter and exhibited a rough surface texture. In vitro biomineralization tests showed that BGNS could rapidly induce the deposition of an apatite layer in simulated body fluid(More)
The crystallization behaviors of the poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(epsilon-caprolactone) diblock copolymer with the PEG weight fraction of 0.50 (PEG(50)-PCL(50)) was studied by DSC, WAXD, SAXS, and FTIR. A superposed melting point at 58.5 degrees C and a superposed crystallization temperature at 35.4 degrees C were obtained from the DSC profiles running at 10(More)
SiO(2)-CaO-P(2)O(5) ternary bioactive glass ceramic (BGC) nanoparticles with different compositions were prepared via a three-step sol-gel method. Polyethylene glycol was selected to be used as the surfactant to improve the dispersion of the nanoparticles. The morphology and composition of these BGC nanoparticles were observed by ESEM and EDX. All the BGC(More)