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    Hydroxyapatite (HA) nanorods in the collagen matrix of bone have a macroscopically ordered structure that has many similarities to the ordered structure of anisotropic nano-units in inorganic liquid crystals (LCs). Inspired by these similarities, we conducted the first (to our best knowledge) synthesis of HA LCs in non-polar solvents (such as cyclohexane and toluene), thus expanding the range of applicable monomers and polymers. We synthesized HA nanorods by a simple, effective, and oleic-acid-assisted hydrothermal route. The hydrothermal temperature directly modulates the aspect ratio of the HA nanorods, and indirectly modulates their LC behavior. The LC phase transition has no size limitation. Thus, our approach may be used to develop high solid content, macroscopically assembled, large-scale polymer-based bio(mimetic)-materials. Copyright © 2020 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


    Junjun Tan, Yang Liu, Jing Gong, Xiaoying Jin, Cheng Cheng, Rong Zhang, Minfang Chen. Non-aqueous liquid crystals of hydroxyapatite nanorods. Acta biomaterialia. 2020 Oct 15;116:383-390

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    PMID: 32920176

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