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Method for fabricating apatite crystals and ceramics

United States Patent

September 10, 2013
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The present invention provides a method of crystallizing Yb:C-FAP [Yb.sup.3+:Ca.sub.5(PO.sub.4).sub.3F], by dissolving the Yb:C-FAP in an acidic solution, following by neutralizing the solution. The present invention also provides a method of forming crystalline Yb:C-FAP by dissolving the component ingredients in an acidic solution, followed by forming a supersaturated solution.
Soules; Thomas F. (Livermore, CA), Schaffers; Kathleen I. (Livermore, CA), Tassano, Jr.; John B. (Manteca, CA), Hollingsworth; Joel P. (Oakland, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
13/ 043,072
March 8, 2011
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.