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Appl. Sci., Volume 7, Issue 1 (January 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Composites having hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanoparticles are widely employed in biomedical applications [...] Read more. Composites having hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanoparticles are widely employed in biomedical applications due to the good biocompatibility, bioactivity and osteoconductivity of such inorganic particles. Different synthetic and natural polymers with biodegradable and biocompatible characteristics have been proposed as ideal polymer matrices to render industrially scalable hybrids at low cost and high efficiency. The present review discuss the capability of HAp nanoparticles to encapsulate diverse compounds as well as the preparation methods of scaffolds incorporating HAp. The review is also focused on recent developments about antimicrobial scaffolds, bioactive membranes, magnetic scaffolds, imaging systems, drug delivery systems, hydrogels and coatings based on HAp.View the paper.