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Synthetic Phase with the Structure of Apatite

By Petr Ptáček

Reviewed: January 8th 2016Published: April 13th 2016

DOI: 10.5772/62212

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The previous chapters were dedicated to description of structure and properties of minerals from supergroup of apatite and introduction of method for identification and investigation of properties of phosphate minerals. The first synthesis of apatite was performed by Daubrée by passing the PCl3 vapor over red-hot lime. The fourth chapter of this book introduces techniques for the preparation of synthetic analogs of apatite minerals including solid-state synthesis, wet chemical methods, hydrothermal synthesis as well as methods for preparation of single crystals. Chapter continues with description of structure and properties of synthetic compounds of apatite type and ends with incorporation of 3d-metal ions into the hexagonal channel of apatite.


  • Apatite
  • Solid-State Synthesis
  • Wet Chemical Methods
  • Hydrothermal Synthesis
  • Single crystal
  • Lacunar Apatite

The first synthesis of apatite was performed by DAUBRÉE [1], who obtained it in crystals by passing the vapor of phosphorus trichloride (PCl3) over red-hot lime. The synthetic mineral analogues of chlorapatite, fluorapatite, or the mixtures of these phases were prepared byManross[2] via fusing of sodium phosphate either with calcium chloride, calcium fluoride, or both together. The similar process was also successfully used byBriegleb[3].Forchhammer[4] prepared chlorapatite by fusing calcium phosphate with sodium chloride. When bone ash or marl was used instead of artificial calcium phosphate, mixed apatite was formed. Similar results were reported byDevilleandCaron[5], who fused bone ash with ammonium chloride and either calcium chloride or fluoride, and also byDitte[6], who repeated Forchhammer’s experiment [7].ZamboniniandFerrucio[8] found that the fusion of Ca3(PO4)2 with CaCl2 produced apatite with very weak birefringence. Fusing Ca3(PO4)2 with an excess of NaCl gave crystals with the birefringence of 0.0050–0.0058.

By heating calcium phosphate with calcium chloride and water, under the pressure at 250°C,Debrayprepared chlorapatite [9].Weinshenk[10] also prepared chlorapatite by heating calcium chloride, ammonium phosphate and ammonium chloride at the temperature of 150 to 180°C in a sealed tube.[1] -Cameron and McCaughey[11] prepared fluorapatite by dissolving calcium fluoride in fused disodium phosphate and lixiviating[1] - the cooled melt. Artificial fluorapatite sometimes exhibits the peculiarity of re-entrant pyramidal ends or phantom crystals. Spodiosite (Ca2(PO4)F) is orthorhombic, chlorspodiosite (Ca2(PO4)Cl [12],[13]) being much less developed along the c-axis than fluorspodiosite [14]. Chlorapatite was formed when dicalcium phosphate was added in excess to molten calcium chloride. When precipitated calcium phosphate was used, chlorspodiosite[1] - (Ca3(PO4)2·CaCl2, Ca2(PO4)Cl [14]) was obtained. Apatite was reported byHutchins [15] andVoght [16]as present in lead-furnace slag [7].

The history of synthesis of various apatite compounds and substitution in the apatite structure including the preparation of didymium bearing chlorapatite and chlorspodiosite is described in the work ofZamboniniandFerrucio[17]. The paper describes three of those apatite syntheses using the mixture of Ca3(PO4)2, DiPO4 [1] - and CaCl2 in the weight ratio of 1:0.07:2.19 (1), 1:0.15:8.76 (2) and 1:0.67:2 (3). These mixtures were heated to the temperature of 1180, 1000 and 1100°C, respectively. Transparent, colorless apatite with the content of 3% DiPO4 results from the first experiment. The second experiment leads to the pale-violet crystal of chlorspodiosite3. The crystals of DiPO4 and only little amount of chlorapatite and chlorspodiosite with 9% of DiPO4 were recognized in the third mixture.

Hendrickset al [19] reported the preparation of hydroxylapatite by the hydrolysis of tricalcium phosphate[1] - with neutral ammonium citrate. Oxoapatite was then prepared by the ignition of hydroxylapatite to constant weight at 50°C.[1] -

Fig. 1.

The phase equilibrium in carbonate-apatite–CaCO3 (a) and carbonate-apatite–CaCO3–Na2CO3 systems (b) [20].

Eitel[20] investigated the binary systems Ca3(PO4)2–CaCO3 (Fig. 1(a)) and Ca3(PO4)2–CaCO3–Na2CO3[1] - (b) and claimed to have crystallized carbonate-apatite from a melt, but he determined CO2 only qualitatively and on a sample that may have been impure. The structure of prepared carbonate-apatite is not known [18].

The equilibrium given by the following scheme was predicted- for carbonate-apatite [20]:


The prepared crystals are typically long or short lengths with hexagonal prism {101¯0}, dipyramid {101¯1} and pinacoid {0001}. The skeletal crystals had inclusions along the central canals parallel to the c-axis. The refractive index is uniaxial (-), ε = 1.635, ω = 1.626, δ = 0.009.

4.1. Common synthetic techniques for the preparation of apatites

The literature on the preparation of synthetic analogues of minerals from the supergroup of apatite[1] - (Section 1.1) is very extensive, but can be divided into three main categories [18],[21],[22],[23],[24]:

  1. Solid-State Synthesis[1] - (Dry Method) usually requires rather high temperature ≥ 1200°C and the product is characterized by a gradient of composition in the grain of material. The method and special techniques, conditions and devices used to control the product properties and to improve the reaction rate and homogeneity of the products are described in Section 4.1.1.

  2. Wet chemical method[1] - (precipitation from the solution): requires a long time period (10 hour or more) and often results in amorphous and non-stoichiometric products.

  3. Hydrothermal synthesis[1] -: involves heating of reactants with water in closed vessel, an autoclave

Other methods (Section 4.1.1) such as microwave synthesis, combustion synthesis and high pressure method or deposition techniques are used much rarely.

The pressure-temperature ranges of these methods are shown in Fig. 2. Some of the most applied techniques are described in this chapter. The methods for the preparation of single crystals are described separately in the next Section 4.2.

Fig. 2.

Pressure-temperature range for the material preparation [21].

4.1.1. Solid-State Synthesis

Solid-phase reactions (syntheses) are usually activated by high-temperature treatment [25]. The preparation of materials in solid-state is rather different form the synthesis of discrete molecules. The process involves the treatment of the whole lattice. Often, the post-synthesis purification of materials is not possible due to low solubility of formed phases. Hence, all effort must be made to avoid the excess of reagents. These methods are usually slow due to entire reaction which occurs in the solid state and requires the diffusion across the points of contact in a mixture [26],[27]. Special techniques can also be used based on the reduction of particle size or on the preparation of precursor in order to reduce the particle size, improve the product homogeneity and lower the temperature of thermal treatment [24].

Fig. 3.

Reaction scheme for solid-state synthesis: (a) ceramic method [26], (b) reaction of solids under special gas atmosphere [24] and (c) sealed glass tube [21],[33].

The most applied techniques[1] - in solid-state synthesis are [23],[26],[24],[29],[28],[30],[31],[32]:

  1. Ceramic method[1] -: is the most common way of preparation of solids (metal oxides, aluminosilicates, sulfides, nitrides, etc.) that is based on thermal treatment of compacted powder[1] - of two or more nonvolatile solids, which react to reach required composition and desired microstructure of the product Fig. 3(a). Since the reaction can occur only at the interface of solids, once the surface layer has reacted, the reaction continues as the reactants diffuse from the bulk to the interface. The rate of reaction is then often limited by the diffusion hence it is important to prepare raw meal from fine and well mixed particles in order to maximize the contact area and minimize the diffusion path. It also decreases the temperature required for the thermal treatment. The repeating of regrinding of the sample and the repeating of its thermal treatment is usually required to improve the homogeneity of the product.

    The nucleation of a new phase, the epitactic[1] - and topotactic[1] - phenomenon’s (oriented nucleation), crystal growth, phase transformation[1] - and the sintration[1] - are common during the thermal treatment.[1] -

  2. Sealed tube (pipe) method (reaction): is applied in the cases when direct reaction under ambient conditions (in air at one atmosphere pressure) cannot be performed due to high volatility of reactants, air sensitivity of starting materials and/or products, or the desire to form a compound with a metal in an unusually low oxidation state. Typically for this type of reactions, the components are loaded into a glass (method was first applied byDe Sénarmont[33], Fig. 3(c)) or quartz ampoule (tube) in a glass box, evacuated and sealed off by melting the glass/quartz using a blow torch. The whole tube is heated to required temperature and time. Cooled tube is then broken up to get the product. The reaction of material inside with the tube may cause that the side-wall of tube is weaken. In the combination with pressure in the tube, these reactions can be hazardous. The synthesis can be also performed with metal capsules (solvothermal reactions, Section 4.1.3) sealed by welding.

  3. Synthesis under controlled (special) atmosphere: the preparation of some compounds must be carried out under a special atmosphere, but not necessarily at high pressures. The oxidation (O2), inert (Ar, N2) or reduction atmosphere (CO/CO2 or H2/H2O) is used to prepare the compounds in required oxidation state.

    Fig. 4.

    Schematic diagram of hot pressing process [30], hot isostatic pressing [36] and the example of metallic capsule method [37].

  4. Solid-state synthesis under high-pressure: high pressure can be applied [24],[30],[34], [35]:

    • Directly applied pressure (external pressure, pressure sintering, or pressure-assisted sintering): includes the techniques known as hot pressing (pressure is applied uniaxially or biaxially to the powder in a die, Fig. 4(a)) and sinter forging (similar to hot-pressing but without confining the sample in a die).

    • Indirectly applied pressure can be applied through inert (hot isostatic pressing, HIP, Fig. 4(b)) or reactive gas, through ultrasound, by milling equipment (mechanochemical (powder) synthesis and activation) and by detonation.

The method is particularly important for the preparation of dense sample of ceramics with high degree of covalent bonding such as SiC and Si3N4.

Normal process of compaction of powder material involves uniaxial pressing in a die followed by sintering for densification. However better densification can be achieved by exerting a uniform pressure from all directions through a fluid medium onto the powder material retained in container (die), i.e. the pressure is generated by heating of medium. The process is termed as isostatic compaction, and as hot isostatic pressing (HIP) if performed at high temperature. The diffusion of medium from the container to the sample is avoided by its encapsulation by metal or glass (metallic or glass capsule method, Fig. 4(c) [36],[37].

In the case of ultrasound (cavitation) methods the phenomenon known as cavitation[1] - takes place. Traveling the ultrasound wave leads to high pressure volume (compression) of the liquid which is followed by low pressure. Sudden expansion (rarefaction) leads to the formation of tiny bubbles. The bubbles expand to an unsustainable size and then collapse. The expansion and the collapse of bubbles create very localized hot spots, which reach instantaneous pressures of more than 100 MPa and temperatures of up to 5000°C (Section 9.2.2) [24],[28].

By detonation methods usually the nano-sized particles are prepared. The detonation is a superfast (with the velocity exceeding that of sound) exothermic reaction through the substance. The detonation wave consisting of the shock front, chemical reaction zone and the region where the products are scattered, spreads at constant rate due to continuous supply of energy from the chemical transformation of new portions of the explosive to the shock wave. The temperature (in the range from 2000 to 5000 K) and the pressure (shock wave) are reached by detonation in a suitably strong vessel. For example, the change of pressure at the end of the reaction zone ranges from 9.5 to 30 GPa for hexogen. This method was used for the preparation of nano-sized synthetic diamond,[1] - graphite, boron nitride, etc. [24],[38].

Mechanochemical synthesis[1] - is a solid-state synthesis method that takes advantage of the perturbation of surface-bonded species by pressure to enhance the thermodynamic and kinetic reactions between solids. The pressure can be applied at ambient temperature by friction and impact via milling equipment (Fig. 5) ranging from low energy ball mills to high energy stirred mills.[1] - The main advantage of this method is the simplicity and low cost. The method was successfully used for the synthesis of oxides, phosphates, carbides, complexes, intermetalides [44],[45],[46],[47],[48],[1] - alloys, etc.

Fig. 5.

The first mechanochemical reactor 25 Constructed by PARKER [39] for the study of solid–solid reaction of the type: Na2CO3 + BaSO4 → Na2SO4 + BaCO3 [41]. Earlier works were concerned with the decomposition of solids by high pressure and by grinding in a mortar with the pestle [42],[43]. (a): mortar (A), iron collar (B), pestle (C), handle (D) and rubber tube (E) [32],[39], Plauson-Oderberg (beater-type [48]23) colloid mill for wet milling (b) and longitudinal section through Plauson colloidal mill [47] (c).

Mechanochemical activation involves the dispersion of solids and their deformation. These processes cause the generation of defects in solids, and also accelerate the migration of defects in the bulk, increase the number of contacts between particles and renew the contacts [25],[32],[34],[39],[40],[41],[42],[43],[49].

The advanced preparation techniques used for the reduction of particle size, activation of starting material or preparation of nano-scale[1] - precursor are a broad group of methods with complicated nomenclature. The most known methods are:

  1. Sol-gel process [26],[30],[50],[51],[52]: in this method, a solution of metal compounds (usually alkoxides of M(OR)4 type, such as TMOS (Si(OCH3)4), TEOS (Si(OC2H5)4), TEOT (Ti(OC2H5)4), etc.,[1] - or (RO)xMR'4−x type, such as (H3CO)3SiCH3, (H3CO)3Si(CH=CH2), etc.[1] -) or suspension of very fine particles in a liquid (sol) is converted into rigid gel by removing the solvent or by adding a component which causes the gel to solidify. Two different sol-gel processes can be distinguished,[1] - depending on whether the sol or the solution of alkoxides (alkoxide methods) is used Fig. 6 (a,b).

    Fig. 6.

    Basic flow charts for sol-gel processes using a sol (a) and a solution of alkoxides (b). Schematic diagram of the structure of particulate gel formed from a sol (c) and polymeric gel from a solution (d) [30].

    Starting with a sol, gelled material consists of identifiable colloidal particles which were joined together by the surface forces to form a network Fig. 6(c). When the solution of metal-alkoxides is used (d), the gel consist of a network of polymer chains formed via the reaction of hydrolysis (Eq. 3[1] -) and condensation (Eq. 4[1] -):


Drying of gel leads to xerogel. The process is usually followed by shrinkage and formation of cracks. The thermal treatment of xerogel often involves the pyrolysis and calcination. If monolith is needed (aerogel [51]) the supercritical drying is usually applied.

  • Precipitation (co-precipitation) methods[1] - [26],[53]: the main reason why the precipitation is used to make ceramic powder is that it gives pure solid product, rejecting to the supernatant most of the impurities. In addition the particle morphology and the particle size distribution can be controlled to some degree. Mixed ion solution can be precipitated to produce a solid precursor containing required ions, although care must be taken to ensure correct ration of ions in the precipitate. The precipitation of powder involves the nucleation and the growth from supersaturated solution.

  • Solvation of metal salts [26]: this method is based on dissolving the metal salt (often nitrates, hydroxides or oxalates) in suitable solvent followed by evaporating the mixture to dryness. Dried residue is then processed as in the ceramic method. In the case that the components have similar solubility, the method ensures better mixing than usual ceramic method.

  • Polymer pyrolysis [30],[54]: reefers to the pyrolytic decomposition of metal-organic polymeric compounds (so-called preceramic polymers) to produce ceramics. The properties of the products depend on the nature of polymer and applied pyrolysis conditions. The polymer pyrolysis is an extension of well-known method for the production of carbon fibers by the pyrolysis of carbon-based polymers.

  • Combustion methods [55],[56],[57]: are characterized by high-temperatures, fast heating rates and short reaction times. The techniques involve an exothermic decomposition of fuel-oxidant precursor which results in either finely dispersed powder of precursor or direct product. Nitrates of required metals and urea, glycin or glucose as the most applied fuel are used as starting materials. The advantages of the sol-gel process and the combustion method are combined in the gel combustion.

  • Self-propagating high temperature synthesis (SHS) [57],[58],[59]: was discovered in 1967 byMerzhanov[60],[61] and is based on the exothermic reaction[1] - between two or more reagents that after the initiation to ignition temperature (Tig) does not require any external source of heat and rapidly propagates thorough the reaction mixture.[1] -

  • Spray pyrolysis [62],[63]: small droplets of a solution containing desired precursor are introduced into the hot zone to the furnace to obtain required product. According to applied conditions in different stages of the thermal cycle (Fig. 7) the aerosol will form non-coherent powder and solid particles.

    Fig. 7.

    Thermal cycle of spray pyrolysis [63].

  • Freeze drying [35],[64]: the method discovered in 1965 that consists of fast freezing of the precursor solution (ensures preservation of maximum chemical homogeneity achieved in the starting solution), sublimation of solvent and final calcination. The main characteristics of the freeze drying method are that the drying is not accompanied by the coagulation of particles and the shrinkage of particles usually does not occur. The method produces fine and reactive powder of high purity

  • The reaction schemes for the solid-state synthesis of apatite structured compounds were published byKnyazevet al [65]:


    where MII = Ca, Sr, Ba, Cd, Pb and L = OH, F, Cl, Br and I.


    where MII = Ca, Sr, Ba, Cd, Pb and L = F, Cl and Br.


    where MII = Ca, Sr and L = F and Cl.


    The temperature effect (Table 1) observed during the synthesis includes [65]:

    1. synthesis;

    2. polymorphic transition;

    3. thermal decomposition; and

    4. melting.


    Table 1.

    Temperature of synthesis (Ts), polymorphic transition (Ttr), decomposition (Td) and melting (Tm) of some apatite-structured compounds [65].

    The temperatures of these effects for some apatites are listed in Table 1.

    The phase transformation and the thermal expansion coefficient of apatite-structured compound with the composition given by the formula M5(XO4)3Zq (M = Ca, Sr, Cd, Ba, Pb) were investigated byChernorukovet al [66]. Pb-containing apatites are shown to undergo the phase transition involving the reduction in unit-cell symmetry from hexagonal to monoclinic. The thermal expansion anisotropy in the hexagonal phases increases in the order:


    and the monoclinic phases are less anisotropic but have larger thermal expansion coefficients in comparison with the hexagonal phases.

    4.1.2. Precipitation method

    The precipitation method is based on the combination reaction(s) when cations and anions in the solution combine to form insoluble ionic solid, so-called precipitate. The method can be divided to [35]:

    1. Direct precipitation method is based on the reaction of neutralization and precipitation. The precipitate is then separated from the solution via filtration.

    2. Homogeneous precipitation method does not need precipitants because decomposed chemical acts as the precipitant, e.g. urea is decomposed in ammonium hydroxide and formed NH4OH acts as the precipitant:


  • Coprecipitation method is initiated by the addition of precipitant to mixed-salt solution.

  • Compound precipitation method is the precipitation of stoichiometric compounds from the solution.

  • Wet techniques of apatite preparation are based on the precipitation from solution at ambient temperature [67]. The preparation techniques based on aqueous precipitation at moderate temperatures often lead to non-stoichiometric apatites [68]. Hydroxylapatite close to the ideal formula, can be precipitated by the addition of Ca(OH)2 to diluted phosphoric acid and complete neutralization at the boiling point [69]


    Precipitated hydroxylapatite shows extremely small crystal sizes (hexagonal plates ~200Å sides) and large surface area from 50 to 200 m2·g−1.

    The Eh-pH diagrams for the Ca-P-H2O system at 25 and 300°C for 1.67 mol activity of Ca and 1 mol activity of P (aCa = 1.67aP) under the pressure of 1 bar are shown in Fig. 8(a) and (b), respectively. The PaCa-pH diagrams, where PaCa = -log aCa for this system show that the pH of minimum solubility of HAP clearly decreases with increasing temperature. At each temperature, HAP predominates in higher pH range, while Ca3(PO4)2, Ca2P2O7 and CaH6P2O9 have predominates at lower pH [21].

    Fig. 8.

    Eh-pH and PaCa-pH diagram of Ca-P-H2O system at 25°C (a) and 300°C (b).

    The stability of calcium phosphates at higher temperatures is shown in Fig. 9. The equation numbers refer to the following reactions [21]:


    Fig. 9.

    Temperature dependence of free energy of reaction for some calcium phosphates according to Eqs. 12–23 for water vapor fugacity equal to 0.03 atm., except for the dashed line Eq. 14´, which corresponds to water vapor fugacity equal to 1 atm. [21].

    Fig. 10.

    Eh-pH diagram of Ca-P-H2O system at 25°C (a), 100°C (b), 200°C (c) and 300°C (d).

    For the purpose of this book the calculation of Eh-pH diagram for the solution where the concentration of ions (Ca2+, PO43− and OH) is equivalent to the system containing 5·10−3 mol·dm−3 of apatite was performed. The ionic strength (refer to Footnote 31 in Section 3.4.1) of that solution enables the calculation of activity of Ca and P using the activity coefficient estimated from modified Davies equation (refer to Footnote 31 in Section 3.4.1) and the concentration of calcium as follows: aCa = 1.062·10−3 and aP = 1.67·aCa = 6.36·10−4. If the activity of ions is used instead of its concentration, the Eh-pH in Fig. 10 can be calculated.

    In this system,[1] - CaHPO4·2H2O is stable under ambient temperature and nearly neutral pH. Hydroxylapatite becomes stable at the pH higher than 7.5. With increasing temperature, the formation of HAP instead of CaHPO4·2H2O is more probable. Minimal solubility of hydroxylapatite is then shifted to significantly lower pH than for Fig. 8.

    Fig. 11.

    Eh-pH diagram of Ca-P-H2O system with the concentration 20× higher than for that in Fig. 10 at 25°C (a), 100°C (b), 200°C (c) and 300°C (d).

    Other difference is a fact, that the field of stability of Ca(OH)2 starts at the pH = 13 for the system with elevated temperature. The formation of CaHPO4·2H2O, Ca2P2O7 and Ca3(PO4)2 was not predicted.

    The calculation for 20-times higher concentration Fig. 11 than for the system mentioned above shows broadening field of CaHPO4·2H2O. Ca2P2O7 was formed by the thermal condensation of CaHPO4 at temperatures higher than 164°C in acidic environment and Ca3(PO4)2 precipitated from the solution at nearly neutral conditions. Hydroxylapatite again predominates at higher pH and Ca(OH)2 does not appear at higher temperatures and the pH below 14 (the same as for Fig. 8).

    The phase equilibrium in the system CaO-P2O5-H2O was extensively studied by the solid-state reaction method under the atmospheric pressure of water vapor byVan Wazrer[70] and in aqueous systems at temperatures lower than 100°C byBrownet al [71],[72].Biggar[73] studied the CaO-P2O5-H2O system in the temperature range from 700 to 950°C and the pressure of 1 kbar.FengandRockett [74]studied the system CaO-P2O5-H2O at 1000 bar with 50%wt. and 200°C (Fig. 12).

    Fig. 12.

    Phase diagram of Ca(OH)2-Ca3(PO4)2-H2O system [21].

    The molten (fused) salts[1] - precipitation method uses the precursor mixed with low melting point salt such as NaCl, KCl, or their eutectics. Upon the melting of the mixture, reactant oxides dissolve in the salt and desired compound precipitates due to its low solubility in molten salt. The melt is cooled down, and the salt is dissolved to yield the powder product of synthesis [75],[76].

    The structure of a molten salt is characterized by an alteration of positively and negatively charged ionic solvation shells around a given ion. This arises from the predominance of Coulombic effects, which results in a strong attraction between oppositely charged species and a strong repulsion otherwise [75].

    The utilization of molten salt precipitation method for the synthesis of apatites at “moderate temperatures” in the range from 500 to 700°C was also reported. Based on its principle, the method combines the advantages of thermal hydrolysis (“dry method”) and the precipitation from the solution (“wet method”). As a reaction media, the chloride melt of the equimolar NaCl-KCl (665°C) composition as well as eutectic melt (390°C) in the system Li2CO3 (27)–Na2CO3 (28)–K2CO3 (45% mol.) can be used. The most probable reactions are estimated from the thermodynamic consideration as follows [22]:


    4.1.3 Hydrothermal synthesis

    The original hydrothermal[1] - method involves heating of the reactants in a closed vessel, an autoclave, with water (heterogeneous reaction). Autoclave is usually constructed from thick stainless steel to withstand the high pressures and is fitted with safety valves; it may be lined with nonreactive materials, such as noble metals, quartz or Teflon. When the autoclave is heated, the pressure increases and the water remains liquid above its normal boiling temperature of 100°C, so-called superheated water. These conditions, in which the pressure is raised above atmospheric pressure and the temperature is raised above the boiling temperature of water are known as hydrothermal conditions (high-pressure-high-temperature, HPHT). HPHT conditions enable to dissolve and recrystallize (recover) the materials which are relatively insoluble under ordinary conditions. The methods enable [21],[24],[67]:

    1. Synthesis of new phases or stabilization of new complexes.

    2. Crystal growth of several inorganic compounds.

    3. Preparation of finely divided materials and microcrystallites with well-defined size and morphology for specific applications.

    4. In situ fabrication of materials with desired size, shape and also dispersity in case of nanomaterials.

    5. Leaching of ores in metal extraction.

    6. Decomposition, alteration, corrosion and technique.

    Several definitions of hydrothermal synthesis use aqueous solvent under HPHT conditions [21]:

    1. In hydrothermal synthesis the material is subjected to the action of water, at temperatures generally near, though often considerably above the critical temperature[1] - of water (~370°C) in closed bombs, and therefore, under the corresponding high pressures developed by such solution [77].

    2. Hydrothermal synthesis is a heterogeneous reaction in aqueous media above 100°C and the pressure higher than 1 bar [78].

    3. Hydrothermal synthesis involves water as a catalyst and occasionally as a component of solid phases in the synthesis at elevated temperature (>100°C) and pressure greater than a few atmospheres [79].

    Depending on the type of solvent used in the heterogeneous reaction the glycothermal, alcothermal, ammonothermal, lyothermal, carbothermal, etc., methods are recognized. According to applied solvent and condition, the hydrothermal methods can be further divided as follows [21].

    1. Conventional hydrothermal techniques, which use aqueous solvent.

    2. Solvothermal techniques or methods, which use nonaqueous solvent.

    3. Supercritical hydrothermal methods use aqueous and nonaqueous solvent under critical to supercritical conditions.

    4. Multienergy hydrothermal methods combine hydrothermal method with additional microwave, electrochemical, sonar, mechanochemical, etc. energy.

    Hydrothermal conditions exist in nature, and numerous minerals including naturally occurring zeolites and gemstones, are formed by this process. The term has been extended to other systems with moderately raised conditions and temperatures lower than those typically used in ceramics and sol-gel syntheses. Lower temperatures used are one of the advantages of the method. Other methods include the preparation of compounds in unusual oxidation states or phases, which are stabilized by raised temperature and pressure [24].

    Fig. 13.

    Tree showing the interdisciplinary nature of hydrothermal technology [21].

    Hydrothermal synthesis was used industrially[1] - to prepare large crystals of quartz and synthetic gemstones. It is useful in metal oxide systems, where oxides are not soluble in water at atmospheric pressure but dissolve in superheated water under hydrothermal conditions. Where even these temperatures and pressures are insufficient to dissolve the starting materials, alkali or metal salts as mineralizers can be added, the anions of which form complexes with the solid and render it soluble [24].

    Throughout the course of evolution of hydrothermal synthesis from the geoscientific applications to modern technologies, the hydrothermal technique has captured the attention of scientists and technologists from different branches of science. The hydrothermal technique is popularly used by geologists, biologists, physicists, chemists, ceramists, hydro-metallurgists, materials scientists, engineers, etc. Fig. 13 shows different branches of science either emerging out from the hydrothermal technique or closely linked up with the hydrothermal technique. One could firmly say that this family tree will keep expanding its branches and roots in the years to come [21].

    The hydrothermal techniques for the preparation of compounds with the structure of apatite should be divided to:

    1. low-temperature hydrothermal synthesis (LHS);

    2. high-temperature hydrothermal synthesis.

    The hydrothermal synthesis of all three normal apatite end-members was reported byBaumerandArgiolas[80]. They prepared crystallites of sizes from 50 to 500 μm. The synthesis of chlorapatite at 400°C and the pressure <3 kbar proceeds via the reaction:


    The synthesis and the stability of carbonate-fluorapatite were examined byJahnke[81]. The carbonate-apatite phase is stable in solutions relatively rich in carbonate such as sea-water. When exposed to low-carbonate solutions, the carbonate-apatite should lose the CO32− ion [82].

    During the hydrothermal synthesis of HAP whisker, the acetamide was used byZhangandDarvell[83] as an agent to drive homogeneous precipitation at temperatures below 100°C. Acetamide shows low hydrolysis rate in both acidic and basic conditions, releasing acetate and ammonia:


    which do no substitute in HAP lattice. The precipitation of hydroxylapatite from the solution of Ca(NO3)2·4H2O and (NH4)2HPO4 in 0.05 mol·dm−3 (Ca:P = 1.67) treated to the temperature of 180°C for 10–15 hours yielded to large rod-like and well-crystallized particles of hydroxylapatite.

    The stoichiometric single crystals of hydroxylapatite nanorods with mono-dispersion and narrow-size distribution in diameter were successfully synthesized byLinet al [84] via the hydrothermal microemulsion method [85].[1] - The microemulsion was prepared using CTAB as the surfactant and n-pentanol as the cosurfactant. First, 0.5 M Ca(NO3)2 solutions and 0.3 M (NH4)2HPO4 solutions were obtained by dissolving Ca(NO3)2·4H2O and (NH4)2HPO4 in distilled water, respectively, and the pH of both solutions was adjusted to 11.0 by adding ammonia solution. These aqueous solutions were used as the water phase and n-hexane was used as oil phase. The mixture of surfactants [86][1] - and Ca(NO3)2 solution was stirred, ultrasonicated and optically transparent microemulsion was obtained. The solution of (NH4)2HPO4 was drop wisely added into the Ca(NO3)2 microemulsion solution to obtain a suspension, and the pH of the suspension was maintained at 11.0 using ammonia solution. Then the suspension of the microemulsion was transferred into stainless steel autoclaves and maintained at 180°C for 18 h. Washed hydroxylapatite powder was then calcined at 600°C for 2 h [84].

    4.2 Preparation of single crystals

    The first technique that was used for the production of crystals Fig. 14(a) was described byVerneuil[90],[91],[92],[93] at the turn of the 20th century,[1] - but there is an evidence that the so-called Geneva ruby had been grown by a similar technique almost 20 years earlier. The second technique for single crystal growth was introduced byCzochralsky[94] few years later, who needed materials with small dimensions[1] - in order to study the growth kinetics of metal (Fig. 14(b)). This technique is based on pulling thin wires from the melt at various speeds and obtaining single crystals. Beginning in 1950s, it eventually developed into the complex technology required in order to obtain large-diameter prefect crystals which are a raw material for the electronics industry, but controlling the dimension of the crystal was very difficult. The idea of using a shaping device floating on the melt surface to stabilize the crystal growth was introduced byGomperz[95], who used a drilled mica plate. Since that time, numerous types of shaping devices have been used to get crystals of various shapes [26],[87],[88].

    Kyropoulos developed the melt growth techniques (Fig. 15) for growing large crystal from the melt using a cooled seed in 1926 [96],[97],[98]. The method was demonstrated via the production of large single crystals of alkali halides [99].

    Fig. 14.

    Scheme of Verneuil’s method42 (a) [87],[90], Czochralsky growth apparatus (b) [88] and μ-PD apparatus (c) [89].

    Fig. 15.

    Schematic illustration of Kyropoulos method [96] and three stages of Kyropoulos method [98].

    After important growth processes based on capillarity, historically the next development was theBridgmanmethod [100], aiming at increasing the crystal size and consisting in growing the crystal in crucible. The next method to be invented in 1952 byPhann[101] was the floating zone (FZ) technique.[1] - This method is capillary-based technique that was originally developed for the material purification [87]. The schematic representation of convection in the molten zone according toHiguchiet al [102] is shown in Fig. 16. The Marangoni convection[1] - in molten zone leads to the formation of tiny bubbles, which are not arranged randomly, but form a ring inside the crystal.

    Since then various modifications of these basic methods have been proposed, such as the pedestal growth, edge-defined film-fed growth (EFG) process, inverted EFG process, micro-pulling down (μ-PD, Fig. 14(c)), etc., all based on the use of capillary force in order to maintain and shape the liquid. Fig. 17 show the classification of these methods based on the presence or absence of the crucible or shaping die in contact with molten material and on the direction of pulling [87],[89],[103],[104].

    Fig. 16.

    Schematic representation of convection in the molten zone [102].

    Whiskers can be described as long filamentary defect-free single crystals of great mechanical strength, which is attributed to their high structural perfection. The explanation of whisker growth is based on the screw dislocation theory. The dislocation appears only along the whisker axis, while in another two dimensions the faces will stay perfect. Consequently, no growth will occur at an appreciable rate on the side faces of whisker. Due to the presence of axial screw dislocation the whisker grows only along its axis [105]. Apatite whiskers are usually prepared by hydrothermal synthesis [83],[106],[107],[108], molten salt method [109] and also via the precipitation method [110].

    Dendrites[1] - are normally single crystals, and the branches follow definite crystallographic orientation. The branches are regularly oriented and the opposite sides of the primary stem show marked symmetry. The growth of dendritic crystal is controlled by the diffusion of latent heat from growing crystal-melt interface [110],[111]. The dendritic growth of apatite crystal is described in glass ceramics [111],[112] and the formation of comb-shaped acicular and dendritic apatite was also observed as a product of quenching of trapped phosphate melt inclusions [113].

    Fig. 17.

    Classification of various crystal growth processes using capillary forces for maintaining or shaping the molten material [87].

    4.2.1 Fluorapatite

    Single crystals of fluorapatite up to 5 cm long and of 1 cm maximum diameter were first prepared via the Kyropoulos method (pulling the crystal from the melt) byJohnson[114]. The Czochralsky method was used byMazelskiet al [114],[115] to grow the crystals up to 30 cm long. The ratio of CaF2 to Ca3(PO4)2 as determined by chemical analysis of crystals depends upon the value of the same ration in the melt. Even if the melt had correct stoichiometric composition, grown fluorapatite would appear to have the deficiency of CaF2 of about 5%. Fluorapatite as well as chlorapatite crystal with the length from 5 to 6 mm were grown byPrener[116] from the solutions of apatite in molten calcium fluoride and chloride, respectively. The analyses of these flux-grown crystals agreed with theoretical values within 0.1% [114],[117].

    4.2.2 Other compounds of apatite type

    Single crystals of apatite-type Nd9.33(SiO4)6O2, Pr9.33(SiO4)6O2 and Sm9.33(SiO4)6O2 were prepared byHiguchiet al [102],[118],[119] from the stoichiometric mixture of Nd2O3, Pr6O11 and Sm2O3 with SiO2 (9.33 : 6) via the floating zone method. The crystal growth using the optical floating zone technique (a) was extensively used to grow a variety of bulk crystals, particularly single crystals of metal oxides [120],[121].

    The pseudobinary phase diagram for the Nd2O3–SiO2 system around the apatite phase is shown in Fig. 19 [118],[122]. With the except of the end-member Nd2O3 and SiO2, the apatite phase (Nd2O3 : SiO2 = 7:9), Nd2SiO5 and Nd2Si2O7 are observed. Both, Nd2SiO5 and Nd2Si2O7 melt incongruently, while the apatite phase melts congruently.

    Yoshikawaet al [123] prepared <0001> oriented Ca8La2(PO4)6O2 (CLPA) single crystals with the apatite structure, which were grown by the Czochralsky method. This material can be used as substrate for the growth of <0001> GaN epitaxial layers.

    Fig. 18.

    Schematic diagram of the furnace with double ellipsoidal mirrors (a) and single grown crystals of Pr9.33(SiO4)6O2 (b), Nd9.33(SiO4)6O2 (c) and Sm9.33(SiO4)6O2 (d) [118].

    Fig. 19.

    Reconstructed pseudobinary phase diagram around the apatite phase Nd9.33(SiO4)6O2 in the Nd2O3-SiO system [118].

    The growth of single crystal of synthetic analogue of vanadinite (lead vanado-chlorapatite, Pb5(VO4)3Cl) using the CsCl flux method was performed byMasaokaandKyono[124]. No impurity phases were formed from this crystal growth method. Crystals obtained via this method exhibit well-developed hexagonal prismatic form of the size of several millimeters along the [0001] direction. The largest crystals were approximately 6×1×1 mm.

    The first hydrothermal growth of single crystals of chlorapatite was reported byRoufosseet al [125]. Crystals grown from the system chlorapatite-HCl-H2O at 50 000 psi and pH = 1 with the growth zone at 465°C and dissolution zone at 360°C were found to be of high stoichiometry.

    4.3 Synthetic analogues of the mineral hydroxylapatite

    The synthetic analogue of the mineral hydroxylapatite can by prepared by the reaction [126]:


    Aqueous solutions of 0.167 mol·cm−3 of Ca(NO3)2 and 0.100 mol·cm−3 of (NH4)2HPO4 were prepared, and their pH values were adjusted to above 8 by the addition of ammonium hydroxide. (NH4)2HPO4 solution was heated to about 85°C and then slowly dropped into equal volume of vigorously stirred solution of Ca(NO3)2. The temperature of the reaction mixture was kept at 85°C and stirring was maintained for further 3 days. In order to remove CO2, the flow of N2 was introduced to the suspension in reaction vessel. The suspension was then filtered and washed.

    The survey of known chemical reactions successfully used for the synthesis of hydroxylapatite was provided byShojaiet al [32]. Depending on applied method (Table 2) and conditions (Fig. 20), different shapes of apatite particles can be prepared.

    Table 2.

    Shape of hydroxylapatite particles prepared by given synthesis methods [32].

    * Consult with Section 3.1.14.

    ** Solid-state synthesis (ss), mechanochemical method (mch), conventional chemical precipitation (cc), hydrolysis method (hl), sol-gel method (sg), hydrothermal method (hth), emulsion method (em), sonochemical method (sch), high-temperature processes (ht), synthesis from biogenic sources (bs), combination procedures (cp).

    The influence of conditions on the morphology of hydroxylapatite particles is shown in Fig. 20. During hydrothermal synthesis, the particle size of HAP decreases with increasing pH value [32],[127],[128].

    Fig. 20.

    The formation and the morphology evolution mechanism of Ca5(PO4)3OH samples with various morphologies based upon different pH values [127],[128].

    Complete replacement of halogen occurs when either fluorapatite or chlorapatite is heated in the steam of H2 or H2O at high temperatures [69]:


    4.4 Fluorapatites

    4.4.1 Synthetic analogues of the mineral fluorapatite

    In literature various routes for the preparation of synthetic analogues of fluorapatite are described which include solid-state reactions of the type [129]:


    At the temperature of 900°C hydroxylapatite reacts with calcium fluoride to give fluorapatite [69]:


    Fluorapatite can be also prepared directly by firing a mix of 3Ca3(PO4)2 with CaF2 at 1600°C, or from calcium pyrophosphate and calcium fluoride:


    Chlorapatite can be prepared by similar method using calcium chloride. It can also be produced in the reversible reaction according to Eq. 21.

    Original phase diagram Fig. 21(a) for the section Ca3(PO4)2–CaF2 of the ternary system CaO–P2O5–CaF2 was published byNacken[130]. The range of compositions was extended byBerak[131] (b), and further refined (Fig. 22) byBerakandT.-Hudina[132]. Important features are congruent melting of Ca10(PO4)3F2 at 1650°C, eutectics with Ca3(PO4)2 at 1620°C and second one with CaF2 at 1203°C. Sufficiently precise phase diagram enables to determine necessary information on the flux growth of fluorapatite, so the crystal with only slight deficiency in fluorine compared to the theoretical one can be prepared. The problem concerning possible stable existence of spodiosite (Ca2(PO4)F) analogous to naturally occurring mineral remains unsettled, but it appears unlikely to be stable at liquidus temperatures [133].

    Fig. 21.

    Phase diagram of Ca3(PO4)2–CaF2 section by Nacken [130] (a) and Berak [131 ] (b).

    Fig. 22.

    Phase equilibrium in the system Ca3(PO4)2–CaF2: Ca10(PO4)6F2 (ApA) and Ca7(PO4)4F2 (ApB) [132].

    The implication of the crystal growth of apatite and calcite in the systems Ca3(PO4)2–CaCO3–Ca(OH)2–CaF2 (Fig. 23(a)) and Ca3(PO4)2–Ca(OH)2–CaF2–H2O (b) enables the quaternary phase diagram provided byWillie[134].

    Fig. 23.

    System Ca3(PO4)2–CaCO3–Ca(OH)2–CaF2 (a) and Ca3(PO4)2–Ca(OH)2–CaF2–H2O (b) at the pressure of 1 kbar [134].

    Long and uniform HAP whiskers with high crystallinity, controlled morphology and high aspect ratio were synthesized byZhangandDarwell[83] via the hydrothermal method using acetamide. Compared to urea as an additive, which is commonly used to raise the pH in order to drive the nucleation and growth of HA crystals [106], acetamide has low hydrolysis rate under required hydrothermal conditions. This allows better and easier control, giving rise to rapid growth of whiskers at low supersaturation. The whisker length and width were in turn given by the solution conditions, including the concentration of Ca and PO4 [83].

    4.4.2 Barium fluorapatite

    Barium apatite can be prepared by solid-state reaction [135]:


    It possesses typical hexagonal structure with the space group P63/mand a = 10.153 Å, c = 7.733 Å, c:a = 1:0.722, V = 10.153 Å3 and Z = 2 [135].

    Ba(1) atoms are located in columns on three threefold axes and are coordinated by nine oxygen atoms. The Ba(2) sites form triangles around the F site and are coordinated by six oxygen atoms and one fluoride ion. Fluoride ions are statistically displaced by ∼0.25 Å from the Ba(2) triangles. This displacement of F ions is analogous to the displacement of OH ion in Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2 [138].

    4.5 Chlorapatites

    4.5.1 Synthetic analogues of the mineral chlorapatite

    The stoichiometric Ca:P ratio in the composition of chlorapatite, the mole ratio of calcium to phosphorous was equal to 1.67 [139]. The reaction of CaCl2 with H3PO4 under hydrothermal conditions including the temperature of 400°C and the pressure < 3 kbar leads to chlorapatite (Eq. 21) [82],[140].

    The mechanochemical synthesis of chlorapatite in a high energy planetary mill should be described by the reaction [139]:


    Nacken[141] determined the phase diagram for the section Ca3(PO4)2–CaCl2 of the ternary system CaO–P2O5–CaCl2 (Fig. 24). Chlorapatite crystallized from melts of its own composition is highly deficient in Cl, while lower temperatures near 1040°C lead to the crystallization of stoichiometric chlorapatite [133].

    Fig. 24.

    Phase equilibrium in the system Ca3(PO4)2–CaCl2 by Nacken [133].

    The mechanosynthesis and the characterization of chlorapatite nanopowders were performed byFahamiet al [139]. The formation of chlorapatite takes place according to the reaction 29. At the beginning of milling, the main products were stoichiometrically deficient chlorapatite and calcium oxide. Eventually, high crystalline CAP nanopowder was obtained after 300 min of milling. By increasing the milling time to 300 min, the lattice strain significantly increased.

    4.5.2 Cadmium chlorapatite

    Large crystals of Cd5(PO4)3Cl (space group P63/m, a = 9.633 Å, c = 6.484 Å and Z = 2) grow hydrothermally at 500°C and 800–1400 atm. from Na- and NH4-containing solutions [142],[143]. The phase transition in cadmium chlorapatite from P63/mto P6c/mcmwas confirmed through the temperature dependent Raman measurements. The phase transition temperature from lower temperature phase (P63/m) to high temperature phase (P63/mcm) is approximately 700°C and was detected through the disappearance of low-temperature phase Ag Raman bands as the temperature approached the transformation temperature [144].

    4.5.3 Other chlorapatites

    The structure of apatite phase of the composition Ba5(OsO5)3Cl (P63cm, a = 10.928 Å, c = 7.824 Å, V =809.2 Å3, Z = 2 and ρ = 6.29 g·cm−3) where PO4 tetrahedra are replaced by pyramidal OsO5 groups was reported byPlaisieret al [145] as isomorphous with Ba5(ReO5)3Cl (Besseet al [146]) and Ba5(ReO5)3I (Baudet al [147]). The structure (Fig. 25) consists of columns of Ba(1) atoms parallel to the c-axis and chains of ClBa6 octahedra with common faces along the c-axis. Among these are isolated pyramidal OsO5 groups. Ba(1) atoms lie on the threefold-axis and are surrounded by nine oxygen atoms. Ba(1)-O distances vary between 2.74 and 2.76 Å. Atom of Ba(2) is surrounded by seven oxygen atoms and two atoms of chlorine.

    Fig. 25.

    Projection of the structure of Ba5(OsO5)3Cl along the c-axis [145].

    SuzukyandKibe[148] used the NaCl flux method to prepare barium (Ba5(PO4)3Cl) and strontium chlorapatite (Sr5(PO4)3Cl) crystals and modified.[1] - Wilhelmy method [149],[150], [151][1] - for the determination of surface free energy (~26 mN·m−1 for both apatite crystals[1] -). The determination of specific surface free energies (surface tension) for single crystal of Sr5(PO4)3Cl [152] (aspect ratio is 3.2) via the measurement of contact angles of water and formamide (CH3NO) shows that ideal flat surface without a step should have uniform specific surface free energy, estimated to ≤ 26 and ≤ 50 mN·m−1 for (101̅0) and (101̅1) faces,[1] - respectively. Experimentally obtained specific surface free energies roughly satisfy the Wulff’s relationship [153],[154]:


    where γi is the specific surface free energy of the i-th face of the crystal and hi is the distance of face from the Wulff’s (central) point of crystal.

    4.6 Carbonated (biological) apatites

    It seems now to be generally accepted that CO32− dominantly replaces PO43− in biological apatite (BAP, BAp) [155]. Carbonate-hydroxyl-apatite (Ca10(PO4,CO3)6(OH)2), can be found mainly on islands and in caves, as a part of bird and bat excrements, guano [156].

    4.6.1 Carbonated hydroxyl and fluorapatite

    Carbonated hydroxylapatite is the most important mineral in human dental enamel and bone [157],[158],[159],[160],[161],[162],[163],[164]. The presence of highly carbonated apatite was also proposed as a marker of the presence of bacteria (infectious microorganism) in kidney stones[1] - [165],[166]. According to the position of planar bivalent carbonate ion (CO32−) with anionic radius of 0.176 nm in the structure of apatite, three kinds of carbonate apatite are recognized in literature [157],[158],[167],[168],[169].

    1. Type A: CO32− substitutes for OH (or Z anion in general) in the apatite channel at z ≈ 0.5 (Fig. 27(a)) by two triad clusters of Ca2+ atoms z ≈ 0.25 (1/4) and 0.75 (3/4). The composition of CCAP is given by the formula: Ca10(PO4)6(CO3)x(OH)2−2x. Thetype-Asubstitution can be described as follows [170]:


    The crystal structure of type-A carbonate apatite is controversial [172]. There are three different structures: with the space groupP6¯in hexagonal symmetry (Fig. 27) [171], with the space groupP3¯[159],[173] and with the space group Pb in monoclinic symmetry [174],[175].

    Fig. 26.

    The atomic configuration of type-A carbonated apatite on the (010) plane (a) and (001) plane (b) according to Suetsugu et al [171].

  • Type B: CO32− substitutes for phosphate ion (PO43−). Different chemical formula is used to describe B-type carbonate apatite, the simplest and often used is [176]: Ca10−x(PO4)6−x(CO3)x(OH)2−x. The interpretation of the location of type-B carbonate ion is also problematical [158]. The carbonate ion is located in the vicinity of substituted phosphate group and occupies as many phosphate oxygen sites as possible. Some examples of theB-typesubstitutions are described by equations [170],[177]:


    where V denotes the vacancy. There is no clear energetic preference of CO32− to substitute for any particular PO43− group [178]. Sodium (Eq. 33) or other alkali metal cation (AM = Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs) is also known to increase the maximum ratio of carbonate substitution in B-site because its incorporation in calcium sites induces favorable electrical charge balance [176]:


  • Type AB: mixed A-B type of apatite, where the composition can be described as: Ca10(PO4)6−y(CO3)x+(3/2)y(OH)2−2x. If both PO43− (z ≈ 0.25 or 0.75) and OH anions were replaced by two CO32−, the process can be described as follows:


  • Two different structural roles of CO32− anion result in characteristic infrared (IR) signatures: type A carbonate having a doublet band at about 1545 and 1450 cm−1 (asymmetric stretching vibration, ν3) and a singlet band at 880 cm−1 (out-of-plane bending vibration, ν2), and type B having these bands at about 1455, 1410 and 875 cm−1, respectively [158].

    Published structural studies [158] of carbonated apatites were performed with the synthetic phases.Renet al [171] investigated the structure of carbonated apatite using theab initiosimulation (Fig. 27) with the conclusion that the most energetically stable substitutions istype-ABin which two carbonate ions replace one phosphate group and one hydroxyl group respectively. The crystal structure ofA-typeof carbonated apatite is energetically more favorable thanB-typeof substitution. The most stable configuration oftype-Ais carbonate triangular plane almost parallel to the c-axis at z = 0.46.Type-Asubstitution tends to increase the lattice parameter a but decreases c whereastype-Bsubstitution shows the opposite effect. The lowest energy configuration oftype-Bhas calcium ion replaced by a sodium ion to balance the charge (Eq. 33) and the carbonate lying almost flat on the b/c plane.

    Fig. 27.

    The model of channel structure for ideal carbonate ion geometry of type-A (a) [101] and the energetically favored configuration of type-A carbonated apatite (b), the most stable structure of type-B carbonated apatite (c) and the configuration of type-AB after the geometry optimization (d) [170].

    The type-A of carbonated apatite in which carbonate ion was completely substituted for the hydroxyl site, was synthesized by heating low crystalline and stoichiometric synthetic analogue of hydroxylapatite powder in the flow of dry carbon dioxide gas at 1000°C for 24 h byTonegawaet al [172]. The chemical composition of this phase can be described by the formula: Ca10(PO4)6(CO3)0.93±0.06. The crystal structure was determined to be of monoclinic symmetry with the space groupPbin the temperature range from 25 to 500°C.

    The synthesis of type-A carbonate apatite can be performed by heating of pure HAP at temperatures from 800 to 1000°C for several hours in dry CO2 atmosphere according to the reaction [176],[179]:


    Type-B carbonated apatite powders are generally synthesized from the precipitation reaction in aqueous media [176]. The reaction 38 (or Eq. 4 as was described in Section 1.5.2) can be used for the capture of carbon dioxide at high temperature over the operation limit of CaO-based sorbents.

    The mechanochemical synthesis of B-type carbonated fluorapatite under argon atmosphere using high-energy planetary ball mill was described byN.-TabriziandFahami[180]. The process can be described by the reaction:


    4.6.2 Carbonate-chlorapatites

    Carbonated chlorapatite nanopowders can be synthesized by the mechanochemical process under argon atmosphere using the mixture of calcite (CaCO3), phosphorus pentoxide (P2O5) and calcium chloride (CaCl2) as raw materials [181],[182]:


    The substitution degree of PO43− was given by the x value in the general formula oftype-Bof Ca10−x/2(PO4)6−x(CO3)xCl2.

    The high-pressure (1 GPa) synthesis of sodium-bearing carbonate chlorapatite oftype A-B(CCLAP, Ca10−(y+z)Nay[V]z[(PO4)6−(y+2z)(CO3)y+2z][Cl2−2x(CO3)x], where xy ≈ 4z ≈ 0.4) from carbonate rich melt in the temperature range from 1000 to 1350°C, was described byFleetet al [169].

    Fig. 28.

    The structure of carbonate chlorapatite showing one of 12 possible orientations of the type-A carbonate ion in apatite channel: the unit-cell origin is in the center of figure, shaded phosphate polyhedra and Ca(2) atoms are centered at z = 3/4 (a) and the fragment of CCLAP structure showing the location of B carbonate ion close to the sloping faces of substituted phosphate tetrahedron (b) according to Fleet and Liu [169 ].

    The structure of Na-bearing CCLAP crystals (Fig. 28(a)) with the contents of Na and A and B-type of carbonate ranges between those of Na-bearing carbonated fluorapatite (CFAP) and carbonated hydroxylapatite (CHAP). The stoichiometric amount of Na and A-type of carbonate is consistent with the near linear (1:1) correlation reported for CHAP and CFAP and provides the evidence of active role of Na in the substitution of carbonate into the apatite channel, even if Na does not appear in usual charge-balanced substitution scheme [169]:


    On the other hand, the B : Na ratio is higher than one (approximately 1 : 1.5) and is located between the values determined for CHAP (B : Na = 1) and CFAP (B : Na = 2). The substitutions of B carbonate ion into CCLAP seem to be more complex than those into CHAP, which is expressed by Fig. 28 or by the following charge-balanced substitutions scheme:


    There should be additional vacancies including the charge-balancing mechanism:


    This leads to the formula of sodium-bearing carbonate chlorapatite mentioned above.

    Similar profiles of ν3 bands in FT-IR spectra for all carbonate apatite composition series and carbonated contents, together with common X-ray structure suggest that Na cation and A and B carbonate ion substituents are present as randomly distributed defect clusters within host apatite structure. The defect cluster depicted in Fig. 28 (b) facilitates local charge compensation by Na-for-Ca substitution, explains the linear 1:1 correlation between Na and A carbonate, and minimizes the effects of spatial accommodation [169].

    The synthesis of hydroxyl-chlorapatite solid solution via the precipitation method can be presented as follows [183]:


    Also fluorine and chlorine co-substituted hydroxylapatites can be prepared by aqueous precipitation method [184]:


    Carbonate can be introduced into the structure of carbonated barium-chlorapatite by stirring apatite in an (NH4)2CO3 solution for 1 week [185]:


    The attempts to prepare carbonated barium-chlorapatite in a one-step synthesis results in a mixture of BaCO3 and Ba3(PO4)3. The variations in the manner in which carbonate was added to the reaction mixture, such as co-titrating a carbonate solution along with BaCl2 and NH4H2PO4, pre-mixing it with NH4H2PO4, or adding it first or last did not eliminate the precipitation of simple salts. The inability at 60°C and at the pH of 10 to produce carbonated barium-chlorapatite at any ratio of carbonate to phosphate in the aqueous solution is probably due to close molar solubility of simple salts [185].

    4.7 Bromoapatites

    4.7.1 Calcium bromapatite

    Calcium bromapatite has typical hexagonal apatite structure with the space group P63/m, a = 9.761 Å, c = 6.739 Å, c:a = 1: 0.6904, V = 556.06 Å3 and Z = 2 (Fig. 29) [186]. The synthesis of calcium bromapatite (Ca10(PO4)6Br2) in the tubular quartz reactor (sealed-tube method) can be described by the reaction [135],[187],[188],[189]:


    Fig. 29.

    The structure of Ca5(PO4)3Br (perspective view along the c-axis).

    The phase can also be prepared via solid-state synthesis reaction [135]:


    4.7.2 Lead bromapatite

    The synthesis of lead bromapatite (Pb10(PO4)6Br2) by solid-state synthesis via sintering of equal amount of Pb9(PO4)6 and PbBr2 at the temperature of 250°C in a platinum tube was described byBhatnagar[191]. Br (1.95 Å) anions at the Z-site in general formula of apatite (Pb10(PO4)6Z2) can be readily substituted by other usual monovalent anions (Cl, F and OH).

    Fig. 30.

    The structure of lead bromapatite identifying the channel polyhedron (broken lines) formed by Pb(2) cations in apatite channel wall: open Pb(2) circles are at the height z = 1/4 and closed circles are at z = 3/4; triangles are PO4 tetrahedra centered at z = 1/4 (open) and z = ¾ (shaded); numbers (1, 2, 3) identify oxygen atoms forming the corners of tetrahedra [190]

    Liuet al [190] prepared synthetic lead bromapatite via solid-state reaction at pressure up to 1 GPa. In the structure of this phase (Fig. 30), isolated PO4 tetrahedra centered at z = 1/4, 3/4 are linked by Pb(1) in nine-fold (6 + 3) coordination and Pb(2) in an irregular sevenfold (6 + 1) coordination. A prominent feature is large c-axis channel which is defined by tri-clusters of M(2) cations at z = 1/4, ¾ and accommodates a variety of anion components.

    4.7.3 Strontium bromapatite

    Strontium bromapatite (strontium bromoapatite) can be prepared via solid-state reaction (Eq. 50) and wet (solution) method (Eq. 51) according to the following reactions [135]:


    Since the precipitate contains Na+ ions, it must be washed thoroughly to obtain pure product. A small amount of hydroxylapatite may also be present.

    Strontium bromapatite forms softer crystal than fluorapatite or strontium chlorapatite. Since it is not stable under the mercury-vapor discharge in fluorescent lamp (Section 10.6), strontium bromapatite cannot be used for the production of lighting phosphor [135].

    4.7.4 Other bromapatites

    Other bromapatites are Cd5(PO4)3Br (a = 9.733 Å, c = 6.468 Å and Z = 2), Cd5(AsO4)3Br (a = 10.100 Å, c = 6.519 Å and Z = 2) and Cd5(VO4)3Br (a = 10.173 Å, c = 6.532 Å and Z = 2). They can be grown from melt in platinum crucible filled with Cd3(MO4)2 (M = As, V and P) and the excess of CdBr2. All phases belong to the space group of P63/m[142],[143],[186].

    4.8 Iodoapatites

    Since, the apatite structure is capable of accommodating monovalent anions, strontium iodoapatites were investigated as a potential waste form to immobilize radioactive iodine [135],[192].

    4.8.1 Calcium iodoapatite

    Calcium iodoapatite (Ca5(PO4)3I) does not exist as a separate phase but as oxoapatite. Iodo-oxyapatite (pentadecacalcium iodide oxide nanophosphate, Ca15(PO4)9(I,O)) was synthesized by the flux method (Section 4.2). The crystal structure was refined in the space group P63/mwith lattice parameters a = 9.567 Å, b = 20.754 Å and Z = 2. Iodo-oxyapatite has typical hexagonal structure but the unit cell is tripled along the hexad (refer to Footnote 16 in Chapter 1) and oxide ions along this direction [135].

    4.8.2 Strontium Iodoapatite

    Strontium iodoapatite (strontium iodoapatite, strontium iodine-apatite) is of academic interest due to large size of I ions compared to other halide ions. However, the thermodynamic functions determined for the alkaline earth apatite series preclude the formation of stable iodoapatite because the cationic size of Sr2+ or Ba2+ is too small relating to that of iodide ion which must fit upon the c-axis of the structure next to the triads of Sr2+ or Ba2+ at (000), (010), and (001) positions in the lattice. Such crystals relevant to radioactive waste management include fluorapatite, and, in the end, iodoapatite which should be able to immobilize the radioactive species [135].

    4.8.3 Lead vanado-iodoapatite

    The preparation of lead vanado-iodoapatite (Pb10(VO4)6I2) by hot pressing (HP), isostatic hot pressing (HIP) and sealed-tube method (Section 4.1.1) were described in literature. Pb10(VO4)6I2 is thermally stable up to about 800 K. The thermal conductivity of hot-pressed sample, with the theoretical density of 82%, increases gradually with increasing temperature from 0.65 W·m−1·K−1 at room temperature to 0.78 W·m−1·K−1 at 523 K. The leaching rate of iodine for apatite was two orders of magnitude higher than that of AgI glass waste form. Despite the high leaching rate (compared to AgI embedded in glass), high chemical stability up to 800 K and acceptable mechanical properties of this apatite suggest that it be a good waste form when embedded in a suitable matrix material [135],[193].

    Facile low temperature solid-state synthesis of iodoapatite by high-energy ball milling of PbI2, PbO and V2O5 was described by Lu et al [195]. As-milled iodoapatite is in the form of amorphous matrix embedded with nanocrystals and can be readily crystallized by subsequent thermal annealing at low temperature of 200°C with minimal iodine loss.

    4.8.4 Cadmium vanado-iodoapatite

    Synthetic cadmium apatites containing iodine such as Cd5(VO4)3I (space group P63/m,a = 10.307 Å, c = 6.496 Å and Z = 2 [142],[143]) were prepared, but other apatites containing iodine are unknown [142],[194],[186]. Cd5(VO4)3I can be grown form the flux of Cd3(VO4)2 and the excess of CdI2 in the platinum crucible [142].

    4.8.5 Radium iodoapatite

    Radium iodoapatite, if could be formed, would have the formula Ra5(PO4)3I but it has not been prepared yet. This salt would be probably best prepared by solid-stare reaction [135]:


    Whether this compound can be formed remains speculative.[1] -

    4.9 Chalcogenide phosphate apatites

    The preparation and the structure of chalcogenide phosphate apatites of the composition Ca10(PO4)6S (calcium sulfoapatite), Sr10(PO4)6S (strontium sulfoapatite), Ba10(PO4)6S (barium sulfoapatite) and Ca10(PO4)6Se (calcium selenoapatite) was reported byHenninget al [196]. These apatite phases are isostructural and crystallize in the trigonal space groupP3¯.with the chalcogenide ion positioned at (0 0 ½). The sulfoapatites show no ability to absorb H2S in the way oxyapatite absorbs H2O at elevated temperatures. This can be attributed to the position of sulfide ion and the way it influences the crystal structure around the vacant chalcogenide position at (000). Calcium sulfoapatites, Ca10(PO4)6S, can be successfully synthesized only using oxide starting materials with sulfur vapor under H2 atmosphere instead of toxic H2S gas [197].

    4.9.1 Anion deficient lacunar lead apatites

    The apatitic structure can accommodate a great variety of other substituent’s and vacancies in anionic sites (Chapter 6). Previous studies on apatites showed that the only system, where the compounds with the apatite structure could be prepared without Z anion, is the lead system. These apatites have the vacancies in Z anion sites (Fig. 31) with general formula APb4(XO4)3, where A is monovalent cation Na, Ag, K, etc. Pb2+on plays a crucial role allowing to preserve the ideal apatitic network. This role is related to the presence of lone 6s2pairs (Section 2.1.2) which can compensate for the Coulomb imbalance due to the existence of anion gaps in the tunnels of apatites [198],[199].

    Fig. 31.

    Polyhedral view in the ab-plane of the crystal structure of NaCaPb3(PO4)3 showing the tunnels [199].

    Lead in apatite is of great interest from two points of view. First, lead is known as a “bone seeker” as it accumulates in bones and teeth, second, it may contribute to the deviation from the general formula of apatites. Moreover a new voltammetric sensor for the quantification of mercury based on NaCaPb3(PO4)3 modified carbon paste electrode can be prepared. Because of the importance of these types of lacunar apatites and the problems which they may cause in biomaterial applications, particular attention has been paid during past few years to synthesize new lacunar anionic apatites [198],[199].

    Silver lead apatite (Ag2Pb8(PO4)6, P63/m, a = 9.765 and c = 7.198 Å) and sodium lead apatite (Na2Pb8(PO4)6, P63/m, a = 9.731, c = 7.200 Å and Z = 2) were prepared by solid-state synthesis byTernaneet al [200] from the stoichiometric mixture of Pb3(PO4)2 with Ag3PO4 (at 215°C and 100 atm.) and PbO, Na2CO3 and (NH4)2HPO4, respectively. The synthesis of sodium lead apatite can be described by chemical equation:


    The unit cell contains eight divalent Pb2+cations, two monovalent cations (Na+ or Ag+) and six [PO4]3− ions. The triangle sites, 6h, are occupied by Pb2+ions only while the column positions, 4f, are occupied by nearly equal amounts of Pb2+ and monovalent ions (Na+ or Ag+).

    The structure of this phase was also investigated byKoumiriet al [201]: a = 9.7249 Å, c = 7.190 Å and Z = 2. From the interatomic distances it appears that lead cations in the lacunar apatite NaPb4(PO4)3 behave in two different ways:

    1. Pb2(II) cations with stereochemically inactive lone 6s2 pairs are engaged in almost totally ionic bond Pb(2)/Na–O at the mixed site.

    2. Pb1(II) is engaged in a Pb(1)–O bond with more covalent character, where its lone 6s2 pair is stereochemically active and constitutes the seventh ligand of lead cation.

    Fig. 32.

    The correlation chart for PO43− fundamental modes under free-ion, site-group and factor group analyses in Pb8M2(PO4)6 where M = Ag and Na [200].

    All [PO4]3− groups are crystallographically equivalent in the cell and have Cs as the site group. P, O(1) and O(2) atoms are in 6h positions; remaining O(3) oxygen atoms occupy the (121) positions. On this basis, the optical modes at k = 0 are distributed as follows [200]:


    where Ag, E1g and E2g are Raman-active normal modes, Au and E1u normal modes are infrared active. The internal modes from tetrahedral phosphate ions, six per unit cell, can be deduced by the group factor analysis given in Fig. 32.

    Naddariet al [202] performed the solid-state synthesis of colorless calcium-lithium lead apatite (Pb6Li2Ca2(PO4)6, LCPbAp, P63/m, a = 9.679 and c = 7.113 Å, V = 577.09 Å3, Z = 1 and ρcalc. = 5.48 g·cm−3) via the thermal treatment of mixture of Li2CO3, (NH4)2HPO4, CaCO3 and PbO at 800°C in air for 12 h and subsequently at 900°C for 12 hours. The structure of Pb6Li2Ca2(PO4)6 is shown in the perspective view in Fig. 33(a). Site (I) is occupied by 0.88 Ca2+, 1.96 Li+ and 1.148 Pb2+. These cations are coordinated to nine oxide anions forming a tricapped trigonal prism. In the tunnel set around the c axis, site (II) is occupied by 4.98 Pb2+ and 1.02 Ca2+. These cations constitute the walls of the tunnel and are arranged in equilateral triangles (Fig. 33(b)).

    Fig. 33.

    Perspective view of Pb6Ca2Li2(PO4)6 structure (a) and Pb(II)-Pb(II) stacking in Pb6Ca2Li2(PO4)6 showing possible arrangement of electron lone pairs [202].

    Lithium ions occupy preferentially site (I) and this structure is anionic lacunary apatite stabilized by the interaction of Pb(II) electron lone pair. The electrical conductivity as a function of temperature can be interpreted assuming a hopping mechanism of Li ions in the tunnels [202].

    Tricationic lacunar apatites Na1−xKxPb4(AsO4)3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) were synthesized as single phases by solid-state method at 700°C (48 h) byManounet al [198]:


    It was found that Pb(II) ions in the solid solutions preferentially occupied the M(1) and M(2) sites in the lacunar anionic apatite structure. The structure contains the channels running along the c-axis and centered at (00z). The channels are most probably occupied by lone electron pairs of Pb2+ cations.

    The factor group analysis [198] of the hexagonal structure (P63/m) shows that the normal modes of vibration can be classified among the irreducible representations of C6h as follows:


    where the internal mode contribution of (AsO4) groups to the IR- and Raman-active vibrations is:


    where g and u modes are Raman-and IR-active, respectively [198],[203],[204].

    The syntheses of apatites, Na1−xKxCaPb3(PO4)3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1), with anion vacancy were carried out using the solid-state reactions at 700°C for 48 h [199]:


    The lattice constants of the solid solutions varied linearly with x. It was found that Pb ions in the solid solutions occupied M(1) and M(2) sites in the lacunar apatite structure. The structure was described as built up from [PO4]3− tetrahedra and Pb2+ of six-fold coordination cavities (6h positions), which delimit void hexagonal tunnels running along [001]. The tunnels are connected by cations of mixed sites (4f) half occupied by Pb2+ and half by Na+/K+ mixed alkali cations.

    The factor group analysis of the hexagonal structure (P63/m) shows that the normal modes of vibration can be classified among the irreducible representations of C6h by Eq. 56 where the internal mode contribution of (PO4) groups to the IR and Raman-active vibrations is [199]:


    4.10 Synthetic analogues of other minerals from the supergroup of apatite

    These minerals were usually prepared in order to elucidate the structure of naturally occurring minerals or due to its potential applications in immobilization of nuclear and toxic waste (Chapter 6) and electrical properties (ionic conductivity). Synthetic analogues of ellestadite and britholite weren’t included because they are described in Chapter 5 and 6, respectively. Rare earth apatites are described separately in next Chapter 5.

    4.10.1 Cesanite

    Synthetic cesanite as an analogue of mineral with the composition Na3Ca2(SO4)3(OH) (Section 2.1.7) shows typical features of the apatite structure, as shown in Fig. 34. The symmetry reduction from the centrosymmetric space group P63/mto the non-centrosymmetric space group P6¯leads to a doubling of the number of crystallographically independent sites. The origin of the unit cell is shifted by Z + ¼ relating to the origin in the space group P63/m. Alternating pairs of isolated tetrahedral anions (the sulfate-groups) form ribbons running parallel to the c-axis. As the sulfur atoms are located in special Wyckoff positions 3j and 3k, the tetrahedra have the point group symmetry m [205].

    Fig. 34.

    The projection of the crystal structure of synthetic cesanite parallel to (001) (1) and the arrangement of cations and sulfate tetrahedra around the 63 and the 6̅ axes, respectively (2): phosphate apatite (a) and synthetic cesanite (b) [205].

    Small spread in the S-O distances and O-S-O angles indicates only minor deviations from ideal tetrahedral symmetry. The sub-structure of the array of sulfate tetrahedra shows a distinct pseudo-symmetry, closely mimicking P63/m. Maximal deviations from this symmetry occur at O(4) atom, which is shifted by 0.16 Å (synthetic) and 0.02 (natural) from its position in P63/m. Na and Ca cations are distributed either by six O atoms and one hydroxyl ion or water molecule (M(1) and M(2)) or by nine O atoms (M(3) and M(4) [205].

    Synthetic analogues of minerals cesanite Halide sulfates have general formula [206]:


    where Z = OH, F and Cl.Klement[207] synthesized sodium-calcium sulfatapatite, Na6Ca4(SO4)6F2, by full substitution of S6+ for P5+ through the substitution scheme [208]:


    where the hydroxyl equivalent is the equivalent to mineral cesanite, Na6Ca4(SO4)6(OH)2.KreidlerandHummel[209] also synthesized Na6Ca4(SO4)6F2 and Na6Pb4(SO4)6F2 apatite-like phases.Knyazevet al [206] prepared the compounds of the composition of Na3Ca2(SO4)3F, Na3Cd2(SO4)3Cl, and Na3Pb2(SO4)3Cl with the structure of apatite via the solid-state reactions:


    from the stoichiometric reaction mixture in a porcelain crucible. The mixtures of components were calcined in several steps at the temperatures of 570, 770 and 1020 K for 10 h, with intermediate grindings in agate mortar every 2 h [206].

    The Na3Ca2(SO4)3F:Ce3+ phosphor was prepared byNikhareet al [210] via the solid-state method according to the following reaction:


    The pigment shows a single high intensity emission peak at 307 nm when excited by UV light of the wavelength of 278 nm

    The compound having the formula: K3Ca2(SO4)3F, was identified in coatings of heat recovery cyclones of Portland clinker kiln. The structure of this phase (noncentrosymmetric, space groupPn21a, a = 13.415, b = 10.943 and c = 9.127 Å, V = 1284.75 Å3, Z = 4 and ρ = 2.61 g·cm−3) was reported as very distorted analogue of apatite where fluoride atoms are oriented along the pseudo-screw a-axis [211],[212].

    Fig. 35.

    The structure of K3Ca2(SO4)3F according to Fayos et al [212] phase in the perspective view along the c-axis.

    The activation by Eu or Ce leads to the phosphor: K3Ca2(SO4)3F:Ce, Eu, which was prepared byPoddaret al [213] via the precipitation method. The K3Ca2(SO4)3F:Ce luminescent pigment shows the emission at 334 nm when excited at 278 nm due to the 5d→4f transition of Ce3+ ions. The phases K3Ca2(SO4)3F:Eu2+ and K3Ca2(SO4)3F:Eu3+ show the emissions at 440 nm, and 596 and 615 nm via the transitions of 5D07F1 and 5D07F2 of Eu3+ ion, which are in blue and red region of the visible spectrum, respectively.

    4.10.2 Bismuth calcium oxyapatites

    The synthesis, the characterization and ionic conductivity of Ca8−xSrxBi2(PO4)6O2 phase where x = 3, 4 and 5 was reported byTrabelsiet al [214]. Sr2+ ions were noted to occupy two sites (4f) and (6h), with a strong preference for (6h) sites. Heavy Bi3+ atoms preferentially occupied the (6h) site.

    New bismuth calcium silicon oxide Ca4Bi4.3(SiO4)(HSiO4)5O0.95, with the apatite structure was synthesized byUvarovet al [215]. The structure was refined from the powder X-ray diffraction data. The refinement revealed that the phase had the P63/mspace group with the unit cell parameters a = 9.6090 Å, c = 7.0521 Å, V = 563.9 Å3 and c:a = 0.734.

    Also the structure of bismuth calcium vanadium oxide (BiCa4V3O13, BiCa4(VO4)3O) was reported byHuangandSleight[216] as apatite without an inversion center. The phase crystallizes in hexagonal system with the space group P63, a = 9.819 Å, b = 7.033 Å, V = 587.2 Å3 and Z = 2. Calculated density is 4.129 g·cm−3. Lower symmetry of the structure may be related to the site selective distribution of Bi atoms at the Ca sites.

    4.10.3 Incorporation of 3d-metal ions to the hexagonal channel of apatite

    The hexagonal channel in the structure of apatite can accommodate infinite linear chains of [-Me-O-]nn−, where Me = Cu, Zn, Ni, Co… (Fig. 36). The incorporation of 3d-metal ions in the hexagonal channels of strontium phosphate apatite (Sr5(PO4)3OH) was investigated byKazinet al [217].

    Fig. 36.

    Crystal structure fragments of doped apatite showing the atomic arrangement at the hexagonal channel where 3-d metal atoms are located [217].

    Fig. 37.

    Depiction of the structure in hexagonal channels (along the c-axis) in the lattice of copper-containing apatite: hydroxylapatite (a), hydroxylapatite with OH partially replaced by Cl and hydroxylapatite with OH partially replaced by F (c). The planes passing through Ca atoms depict the channel walls.

    Doping of Sr5(PO4)3OH with ZnO, NiO and CoO at 1400°C in air resulted in the incorporation of 3d-ions entering the hexagonal channels of the apatite structure, formally substituting for protons in the OH groups. The structure of apatite channels in the phases with the composition of Sr5(PO4)3Zn0.15O0.3(OH)0.7 (white and shade of green), Sr5(PO4)3Ni0.2 O0.4(OH)0.6 (green) and Sr5(PO4)3Co0.2O0.5(OH)0.4 (dark-violet) contains O-Me-O fragments separated by OH groups. Co atoms were localized in the position shifted by 0.5 Å from the center of channel. Their coordination can be described as distorted from linear O-Co-O probably by additional coordination to phosphate oxygen atoms [217].

    In other work ofKazimet al [218], the synthesis and the properties of three compounds possessing the apatite structure with the composition of Ca5(PO4)3CuyOy+δ(OH)0.5−y−dX0.5, where the parameter y = 0.01 - 0.3 for X = OH, y = 0.01 − 0.1 for X = F and y = 0.1 for X = Cl. Similar copper containing vanadates Sr5(VO4)3CuO are formed as co-products in the synthesis of vanadium doped superconductors [218],[219].


    • The method is described in Section 4.1.1.
    • The separation techniques based on leaching of minerals from a solid by dissolving them in a liquid.
    • Chlorine analog of spodiosite [14]. Calcium chlorspodiosite is colorless crystalline compound structurally related to the mineral wagnerite (Mg2(PO4)F). It was reported by Nacken in his study of the phase relationships which was obtained in the system CaCl2-CaO-P2O5 [12]. The synthesis of the compound by dissolving Ca3(PO4)2 in fused CaCl2 was reported by Klement and Gembruch [13]. Since the mineral was recognized as the mixture of fluorapatite, calcite and serpentine, it was discredited (IMA action 2003-03-B).
    • Didymium (Di) was recognized as the mixture of element of neodymium and praseodymium [18].
    • Tricalcium phosphate was prepared by slow addition of Na3PO4 solution to the solution with the excess of Ca(NO3)2. The precipitate was washed with saturated solution of Ca3(PO4)2 until the filtrate was free of nitrates. The salt was then dried at 50°C [19],[18].
    • Hydroxylapatite is very difficult to dehydrate, even at high temperature (Section 1.5.2). As a consequence of this, many workers have mistaken it for oxyapatite [18].
    • Introduced as double salt of Na2Ca(CO3)2. Prepared mixtures were heated under the pressure of CO2 in the range from 55 to 100 and from 23 to 54 kg·cm−2 (kg·cm−2 = 98066.5 Pa) for binary and ternary system, respectively [20].
    • In older literature termed as apatite-like substances.
    • Various alternative names, such as Shake ’n Bake Methods or Beat ’n Heat, are used for the solid state synthesis (reaction) in literature [23].
    • Jaffe [18] recognized the precipitation by metathesis and the precipitation by hydrolysis.
    • Sometimes are included among high-pressure methods [24].
    • Solid-state synthesis is classified among physical methods (together with vapor phase synthesis, laser ablation, etc.) some of other techniques listed below (sol-gel process, precipitation method, etc.) are considered as chemical methods [28].
    • Since ceramic can be fabricated by a variety of methods, some of which have their origin in early civilizations, ceramic methods must be distinguished from the ceramic fabrication processes.
    • The consolidation of ceramic powder to produce a green body is commonly referred to as forming. The main methods include dry of semidry pressing (1), plastic forming with water or organic polymers (2) and casting from a concentrated suspension or slurry (3) [30].
    • There is a structural similarity between the substrate and the nucleus that is limited to 2D interface and referred to as epitaxy [23].
    • There is a structural similarity between the substrate and the nucleus (like for epitaxy15)) that extends to 3D for topotaxy [23].
    • Phase transformation has usually significant effects on the reaction rate. The reaction rate is strongly increased at the temperatures near the phase transformation because the mobility of atoms is also increased. This phenomenon is termed as Hedvall effect [29].
    • Sintering is defined as the bonding of adjacent surfaces in a mass of powder or a compact by heating [29]. In general there are three types of sintering process including Solid-Phase (Dry) Sintering (1), Liquid-Phase Sintering (2) and Reactive (Reaction) Sintering (3) [29]. The process can also be divided according to applied conditions and densification practice to Conventional Sintering (1), Microwave Sintering (2) and Pressure Sintering (3). The stages of the sintering process include: (1) initial stage (formation and growth of necks), (2) intermediate stage (pores reached their equilibrium shapes, continuous porosity), (3) final stage (pores reached their equilibrium shapes, isolated (enclosed) porosity) [30]. The process can also be divided according to the mass transport mechanism to viscous sintering and diffusion sintering (further divided according to dominant type of diffusion to surface diffusion, volume diffusion, intergranular diffusion, grain-boundary diffusion, but gas transport (diffusion) of matter can also occur).
    • Generally, the term firing is used when the processes occurring during thermal treatment of green body are fairly complex, as in many traditional ceramics produced from clay-based materials. In less complex cases the term sintering18 is used [30].
    • Generally, the cavitation can be divided into four types on the basis of the mode of generation of cavitation conditions: (1) acoustic cavitation (sound waves of high frequency 16 kHz–1 MHz), (2) Hydrodynamic cavitation (pressure variation is obtained by changing the geometry of the system), (3) optic cavitation (passing of photons of high intensity) and (4) particle cavitation (produced by the bombardments of other types of elementary particles, e.g. protons) [28].
    • The method for the detonation transformation of graphite into diamond was earlier developed at the Institute of Chemical Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR [38].
    • Mechanochemical synthesis (reaction) of solids in the presence of water can be considered as hydrothermal one [25].
    • Mechanochemistry is a branch of chemistry which is concerned with chemical and physico-chemical changes of substances of all stages of aggregation due to the influence of mechanical energy (Ostwald [39]). Colloid mills can be classified into three main groups with regard to the mechanism utilized for production of dispersion: beater-type mills (1), the smooth-surface type (2) and the rough-surface type. Beater-type mills include the original Plauson machine and some modified mills [48].
    • Also intermetallic compounds, i.e. substances composed of two or more metallic elements with given stoichiometry and structure. Different atomic species occupy different lattice sites [44].
    • Constructed by PARKER [39] for the study of solid–solid reaction of the type: Na2CO3 + BaSO4 → Na2SO4 + BaCO3 [41]. Earlier works were concerned with the decomposition of solids by high pressure and by grinding in a mortar with the pestle [42],[43].
    • Nano it the Greek word for dwarf. In the International System of Units (SI) it is the decimal multiple 10−9 used as prefix. Nanoscience refers to the range from one to several hundred manometers and the nanotechnologies are the technologies in which atoms are manipulated in quantities of one to several thousand atoms. Nanoscience probably first gained the attention in 1959 in the lecture of the American Nobel laureate of 1965 in physics R. Feynman, who stated: …that the day was no far off, when substances could be assembled at an atomic level [27].
    • Tetrametoxysilane, tetraetoxysilane, tetraethyl orthotitanate, etc.
    • Methyltrimethoxysilane, vinyltrimethodxysilane, etc. R´ can also be reactive (polymerizable) groups such as (3-aminopropyl)trietoxysilane (APTES) or (3-glycidopropyl)trimetoxysilane (GLYMO) which can be used to prepare interconnected inorganic-organic networks. These materials are known as ORMOCERS (organically modified ceramics).
    • This classification [30] does not set aside often used group of semi-alkoxide methods (using the mixture of soluble salt and metal alkoxide), Pechini type polymeric gel methods (liquid mix techniques) as well as modified Pechini methods. The Pechini process usually uses soluble nitrates, acetates, chlorides, carbonates, isopropoxides or other metal compounds which are dissolved in the solution of citric acid (in general in polycarboxylic acids) and ethylene glycol (in general glycol). The polycondensation reaction leads to the polymeric gel accommodating the stable chelates of metal cations [50]:
    • The first step is the hydrolysis, the equilibrium constant for higher degree of hydrolysis decreases depending on the nature of –OR (increasing length of hydrocarbon chain and its branching). The process is also affected by the temperature, the solvent composition and applied water to alkoxide ratio, the type of catalysis, the application of ultrasound energy, etc. [52].
    • Due to the formation of ROH molecule is termed as “alcohol producing condensation”, i.e. the reaction between alkoxy (nonhydrolyzed) and hydrolyzed groups. The reaction with two hydrolyzed groups leads to the formation of –M–O–M– bridge and water, i.e. is termed as “water producing condensation”.
    • The precipitation method is used for the preparation of precursor that is further treated by solid-state synthesis. The techniques of direct precipitation of apatite are described in Section 4.1.2.
    • Therefore often associated with combustion techniques [56].
    • The process is analogous to the process of frontal polymerization in which localized polymerization reaction zone propagates thorough the mixture of solution of a monomer and initiator due to the heat diffusion and the occurrence of exothermic reaction [59].
    • The main difference against to the systems on Fig. 8 and Fig. 11 is significantly lower ionic strength.
    • Fused salts are widely used in many industrial processes requiring to free the limitations arising from the use of aqueous solutions. Their thermal stability and generally low vapor pressure enable fast reaction rates and ability to dissolve many inorganic compounds making them useful solvents in electrometallurgy, metal coating, treatment of by-products, and energy conversion. It is recalled that one of the most important chemicals produced worldwide, sulfuric acid, is made by the molten salt catalysis. The electrolysis of molten salt is a technique used by H. Moissan for the isolation of element fluorine from the melt of KF·2HF (Moissan’s method is used for industrial production of fluorine). It was also used by H. Davy to discover several new elements (sodium, potassium, alkali metals) and to prove the chlorine as a new element (originally discovered by C.W. Sheelle who considered it as “dephlogisticated marine acid”). Today the industrial production of Li and Na is based on the electrolysis of eutectic melt of LiCl–KCl (or CaCl2) and NaCl–KCl (or CaCl2), respectively. The production of K, Rb and Cs is based on the reduction of molten KCl, RbCl and CsCl by Na at the temperature of 600°C. Molten salt method also plays significant role in the development of energy resources, including the reprocessing of nuclear wastes, molten carbonate/solid oxide fuel cells (Section 10.4), and high temperature molten salt batteries. Fused alkali nitrates/nitrites are valuable materials for the heat transport and storage in solar plants. Molten salt bathes remain of large use in industry for the treatment of steel and variety of other metals as well as nonmetals, such as glass, plastics and rubber [75].
    • The term hydrothermal is of purely geological origin. It was first used by British geologist, Sir Roderick Murchison, to describe the action of water at elevated temperature and pressure in bringing about changes in the Earth´s crust, and leading to the formation of various rocks and minerals. Materials scientists popularized the technique, particularly during 1940s. The first hydrothermal synthesis was performed by Schafhautl in Papin’s digester, who obtained quartz crystals upon hydrothermal treatment of freshly precipitated silic acid [21].
    • The temperature and the pressure at critical point of water are 373.946°C and 22.064 MPa, respectively.
    • The first successful commercial application of hydrothermal technology was in mineral extraction or in ore beneficiation. The method was used to leach bauxite by sodium hydroxide by Karl Josef Bayer in 1892. The product of so-called Bayer´s process, aluminum hydroxide, is then converted to Al2O3 and used to produce aluminum metal or in ceramics [21].
    • The emulsification consists in dispersing of one fluid in another, non-miscible one, via the creation of interface [85].
    • The name surfactant is a contraction of the term: surface-active-agent. It can be defined as the substance that, even if present at low concentration, has ability to be adsorbed onto the surface or interface of the system and significantly alter (usually decrease) its surface or interface free energy. While the term surface usually means the interface between condensed phase and gas, the interface is considered as a boundary between two immiscible phases. The molecular structure of surfactant contains lyophobic group (little attraction for solvent) and lyophilic group (strong attraction for solvent), i.e. amphipathic structure [86].
    • Verneuil in fact wished to study the properties of ruby and other alumina-based crystals and was aware of very high melting temperatures of these materials, which prevented the use of any crucible material known in that time. This problem was solved- by melting alumina powder in a hydrogen-oxygen flame and solidifying the droplets on a colder seed. Nowadays this technique is used for the production of single crystals of sapphire (single crystal of Al2O3 in Chapter 3 (Fig. 14) was prepared by this method) and spinel with only little changes [87]. The crystal grows from the melt film, which thickness is defined by the crystal diameter and the thermal conditions at the crystallization front [93].
    • Small dimension is necessary to dissipate the latent heat of solidification efficiently and rapidly [87].
    • The floating zone is generated by means of water-cooled induction coil fed by radio frequency power in the megahertz range [103].
    • Marangoni convection, which is caused by the differences in the surface tension over the melt surface, flows along the interface from the surface to a central region of the melt. On the other hand, forced convection, which is caused by the crystal rotation, flows towards the periphery from the center [102].
    • The name was derived from the Greek word ”tree like”.
    • The weight of liquid was measured instead of the weight of crystal.
    • Since measured parameter is force (F, measured by tensiometer or microbalance), the Wilhelmy plate (or rod) method can be easily applied for small contact angles. The surface tension (γ) is calculated from the equation: γ = F/ (l cos Θ), where l = 2×length + 2×width of the plate, and wetting angle Θ is usually not determined but its value is taken for zero (complete wetting is assumed) or the value from either literature is used [149],[150],[151].
    • The value should be affected by the estimation of value of aspect ratio.
    • First-order hexagonal prism and first-order dipyramid, respectively.
    • From the medical point of view, pathological calcifications refer to a concretion, e.g. a kidney stone, often associated with the tissue alteration. Additionally, normal physiological calcifications such as bone may become pathological through the influence of diseases such as arthrosis or osteoporosis Different chemical phases constitute the pathological calcifications, but calcium phosphate apatites are present in most of them [166]. Biological apatites (BAP) are described in Section 7.1.3.
    • In human body radium behaves in a similar way as calcium. When ingested, it is readily adsorbed in bone where it may directly irradiate the bone and other tissues. This exposition may result in fatal disease as the tragic story of “Radium girls” working with luminous paint trade named: Undark (the mix of radium and zinc sulfide produced by U.S. Radium Corporation between 1917 and 1938) shows [136],[137].

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    Petr Ptáček (April 13th 2016). Synthetic Phase with the Structure of Apatite, Apatites and their Synthetic Analogues - Synthesis, Structure, Properties and Applications, Petr Ptacek, IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/62212. Available from:

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