Raman spectra were acquired on ox femur samples treated with hydrazine to remove the organic components of bone. A large increase in the signal-noise ratio of the mineral spectrum resulted from the exposure of the mineral surface and the removal of fluorescent components of the organic matrix. The effect of hydrazine treatment of the mineral matrix has been reinvestigated and shown to be slight on the basis of second derivative FTIR data. This is the first time that this high resolution technique has been applied to biological minerals.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Inorganic Chemistry