The field of biomedical materials has grown rapidly over the past 20 years and offers solutions to repair defects, correct deformities, replace damaged tissue and provide therapy. This has contributed to the increase in the average lifetime of individuals in developed countries. The market value for biomaterials is of the order of billions of dollars per annum worldwide and is growing as new products offer improved performance or provide new solutions health problems. Apatites are playing a key role in biomedical implants.

In developing materials used for implantation consideration must be given to both the influence of the implanted material...

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