Synthesis and characterisation of copper doped Ca-Li hydroxyapatite

M. A. Pogosova, P. E. Kazin, Y. D. Tretyakov

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Hydroxyapapites M 10(PO 4) 6(OH) 2 (MHAP), where M is an alkaline earth metal, colored by incorporation of copper ions substituting protons, were discovered recently [1]. Now this kind of apatite-type materials can be used as inorganic pigments. Until now blue (BaHAP), violet (SrHAP) and wine-red (CaHAP) colors were achieved by the copper ions introduction [2]. The task of the present work was to study possibility of further M-ion substitution to affect the color and shift it toward the red-orange tint. Polycrystalline hydroxyapatites Ca 10- xLi x+yCu z(PO 4) 6O 2H 2-y -z-σ (Ca-LiHAP) were synthesized by solid state reaction at 1150°C (ceramic method) and studied by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), infrared absorption and diffuse-reflectance spectroscopy. Refinement of the X-ray diffraction patterns by the Rietveld method shows that CaHAP unit cell parameters are a little bigger, than Ca-LiHAP ones. Small difference between unit cell parameters could be caused by two ways of the Li + ions introduction: (1) at the Ca 2+ sites (Ca-Li substitution); (2) into hexagonal channels (H-Li substitution). The Li ions doping changes the color of the copper doped CaHAP from wine-red to pink and red.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-35
Number of pages3
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Hydroxyapatite
  • Pigment


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