Advantages of TOF-SIMS analysis of hydroxyapatite and fluorapatite in comparison with XRD, HR-TEM and FT-IR

Masayuki Okazaki, Isao Hirata, Takuya Matsumoto, Junzo Takahashi

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The chemical analysis of hydroxyapatite and fluorapatite was carried out using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS). Hydroxyapatite and fluorapatite were synthesized at 80±1°C and pH 7.4±0.2. Fluorapatite was better crystallized, with its (300) reflection shifted to a slightly higher angle. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy clearly revealed a typical, regular hexagonal cross section perpendicular to the c-axis for fluorapatite and a flattened hexagonal cross section for hydroxyapatite. FT-IR spectra of fluorapatite confirmed the absence of OH absorption peak - which was seen in hydroxyapatite at about 3570 cm-1. TOF-SIMS mass spectra showed a peak at 40 amu due to calcium. In addition, a peak at 19 amu due to fluorine could be clearly seen, although the intensities of PO, PO 2, and PO3 were very low. It was confirmed that TOF-SIMS clearly showed the differences between positive and negative mass spectra of hydroxyapatite and fluorapatite, especially for F-. We concluded that TOF-SIMS exhibited distinct advantages compared with other methods of analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-514
Number of pages7
JournalDental materials journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Fluorapatite
  • Hydroxyapatite
  • Tof-sims

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Dentistry(all)


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