Hydroxyapatite reinforced poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) based degradable composite bone plate.

Abstract

Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (P3HB), its co-polymers with 3-hydroxyvalerate (HV) (PHBV8 and PHBV22), and their hydroxyapatite (HAp) containing composites (5 and 15%, w/w) were prepared by injection molding. PHBV bone plates with low valerate contents and 15% (w/w) HAp appear to have better mechanical properties than the others. Flexural strengths of 15% (w/w… (More)

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