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Author(s): Filipa Castro
António Ferreira
Fernando Rocha
António Vicente
José António Teixeira
Title: Continuous-Flow Precipitation of Hydroxyapatite at 37 degrees C in a Meso Oscillatory Flow Reactor
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: Continuous-flow precipitation of hydroxyapatite (HAp) was investigated in a meso oscillatory flow reactor (meso-OFR) and in a scaled-up meso-OFR, obtained by associating in series eight vertical meso-ORFs. Experiments were carried out under near-physiological conditions of temperature and pH, using fixed frequency (f = 0.83 Hz) and amplitude (x(0) = 4.5 mm), and varying the residence time from 0.4 to 6.7 min. It has been shown that the mean particle size and the aggregation degree of the prepared HAp particles decrease with decreasing residence time. HAp nanoparticles with a mean size (d(50)) of 77 nm, narrow size distribution, and uniform morphology were obtained at the lowest residence times, tau = 0.4 and 3.3 min in the meso-OFR and the scaled-up meso-OFR, respectively. These results show the capability of the meso-OFR and the scaled-up meso-OFR for continuous production of uniform HAp nanoparticles, while also confirming the possibility of OFR scale-up by in series association of individual OFRs.
Subject: Engenharia química
Chemical engineering
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias::Engenharia química
Engineering and technology::Chemical engineering
Related Information: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia/Projetos Estratégicos/PEst-C/EQB/UI0511/2013/PROJECTO ESTRATÉGICO - UI 511 - 2013-2014/UI0511
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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