Development of Bioactive Tellurite-Lanthanide Ions-Reinforced Hydroxyapatite composites for biomedical and luminescence applications

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  • P Gomes
  • G Hungerford
  • L Grenho
  • MH Fernandez

Colleges, School and Institutes


Human skeletal bone loss is a major health concern in the twenty-first century, with massive socioeconomic implications. The objective of the current work is to develop and characterize bioactive tellurite glasses for biomedical applications. As so, tellurium oxide- (TeO2) and lanthanide (Ln3+)-doped borate host systems have been developed and incorporated in a hydroxyapatite (HA) matrix, being adequately characterized regarding solid-state parameters and for in vitro biological response. In the proposed work, the following scientific questions will be addressed: Will the reported tellurite-lanthanide (Te-Ln3+) host glass-reinforced hydroxyapatite (HA) ceramic materials influence the cell behavior, such as proliferation and differentiation? Does this Te-Ln material show any luminescence response? Further, the research on lanthanide-based materials is promising, with potential application in prospective medical applications. Consequently, investigation into the role of Te-Ln3+-HA host scaffold materials for bone repair is a relatively new approach that deserves a special attention.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTellurite Glass Smart Materials
EditorsRaouf El-Mallawany
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2018


  • Tellurite glasses, Hydroxyapatite, Lanthanum oxide, Photoluminescence, Biomedical applications