Scattering techniques for structural analysis of biomaterials

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Biomaterials often exhibit structures at multiple length scales that influence the chemical, physical, mechanical and biological properties of a material. This chapter discusses techniques used to determine these structures: light scattering for the determination of particle sizes ~. 0.1. m; wide-angle X-ray scattering for analyzing the molecular structure, crystallinity and morphology in the solid state (~. 1. nm); small-angle X-ray scattering for obtaining structural information at mesoscale (10. nm) to determine lamellar structure and phase behavior in the solid state, and size and aggregation behavior of particles in solution; and small-angle neutron scattering using molecules labeled with deuterium for the analysis of single chain dimensions, polymer mixtures and solvent diffusion in the solid state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCharacterization of Biomaterials
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages39
ISBN (Print)9781845698102
StatePublished - Dec 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


  • Lamellar structure
  • Light scattering
  • Neutron scattering
  • Orientation
  • Particle size
  • Phase behavior
  • Phase identification
  • Polymer mixtures
  • Solvent diffusion
  • Structural analysis
  • X-ray scattering


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