Dissolution of Amorphous S53P4 Glass Scaffolds in Dynamic In Vitro Conditions

Laura Aalto-Setälä, Peter Uppstu, Polina Sinitsyna, Nina C. Lindfors, Leena Hupa*

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The silicate-based bioactive glass S53P4 is clinically used in bone regenerative applications in granule form. However, utilization of the glass in scaffold form has been limited by the high tendency of the glass to crystallize during sintering. Here, careful optimization of sintering parameters enabled the manufacture of porous amorphous S53P4 scaffolds with a strength high enough for surgical procedures in bone applications (5 MPa). Sintering was conducted in a laboratory furnace for times ranging from 25 to 300 min at 630 °C, i.e., narrowly below the commencement of the crystallization. The phase composition of the scaffolds was verified with XRD, and the ion release was tested in vitro and compared with granules in continuous flow of Tris buffer and simulated body fluid (SBF). The amorphous, porous S53P4 scaffolds present the possibility of using the glass composition in a wider range of applications.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4834
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • bioactive glasses
  • S53P4
  • glass scaffolds
  • sintering
  • in vitro dissolution
  • dynamic dissolution
  • biomaterials
  • Tissue engineering


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