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An international network on new strategies for processing calcium phosphates

Objective

The next generation calcium phosphates demand refined processing routes for capturing the full potential of this elite class of materials. Calcium phosphates are unique with their potential to accept replacement ions in the structure, be processed through intermediate phases, and modify their crystal structure. This project will a) investigate the formation of high temperature processing in a radio frequency inductively coupled plasma, and b) process calcium phosphates through metastable states to capture structural modifications for enhancing properties. Both apatites and tricalcium phosphate will be addressed as the main calcium phosphates. The processing and microstructure assessment will form an iterative process to understand an extended design potential for skeletal implants. The consortium collects expertise in plasma processing, mechatronics, characterization and modelling, and biological testing disciplines. This represents the full chain of events from the development of a biomaterial to the clinical application and therefore provides feedback within the system to optimize processing requirements, an approach that has not been used with first generation biomaterials. Exchanges are planned between Europe (Austria, France, Latvia, United Kingdom) and countries with EU agreements (Australia, Belarus, Canada, Russia).

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/mechatronics
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IRSES
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Funding Scheme

MC-IRSES - International research staff exchange scheme (IRSES)

Coordinator

RIGAS TEHNISKA UNIVERSITATE
Address
Kalku Iela 1
1658 Riga
Latvia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 167 800
Administrative Contact
Karlis Gross (Prof.)

Participants (5)

LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 92 000
Address
Rainis Boulevard 19
1586 Riga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Arnolds Ubelis (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DE TECHNOLOGIE DE BELFORT - MONTBELIARD

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 63 100
Address
Rue Du Chateau 10
90400 Sevenans
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ghislain Montavon (Prof.)
University College London
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 82 100
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Giles Machell (Mr.)
LUDWIG BOLTZMANN GESELLSCHAFT OSTERREICHISCHE VEREINIGUNG ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTLICHEN FORSCHUNG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 50 400
Address
Nussdorfer Strasse 64/6
1090 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Claudia Lingner (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITE DE LIMOGES
France
Address
François Mitterrand 33
87032 Limoges
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gaelle Feat (Mrs.)