[unpad.ac.id, 8/7/2019] Three chemistry students from Universitas Padjadjaran Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science developed a synthetic composite method from chicken egg shells. They are Geofanny Sarah Hutabarat, Dzikri Tafwadi Qodir, and Hendri Setiawan, with lecturer Dr. Atiek Rostika Noviyanti, M.Si.
The research is one of the Student Creativity Program Exact Research (PKM-PE) that got funding from the Republic of Indonesia Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education in 2019. The title of the research is “Hydroxiapatit-Lantanun Oxide Composite from Chicken Egg Shells with Hydrothermal Method”.
In a release accepted by Unpad Public Communication Office Hendri explained, the hydrothermal method can be used for synthesis because of how simple the procedure is and with high quality results.
“Synthesis method usually doesn’t give a result of more than 90%. By using water vapor pressure, this hydrothermal method managed to produce a composite with a very good purity, homogeneity, and percentage gain,” he explained.
The composite of chicken egg shells that’s very similar to bones and teeth makes the formed composite possible to be used for bone graft and tooth filling. That way, egg shell waste has a potential to be used for biomedicine.
In maximizing the research results, the team will be doing applicative tests such as strength and in vitro test. The applicative test is to show that the synthesized composite can be used as bone graft and tooth filling. The test will be done with Universitas Padjadjaran Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry.
Translated by Dinda Ayu Maharani
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