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MSE59700 - Introductory Biomaterials

Spring 2016

Days/Time: TTh / TBA
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
Course designed to provide foundation of knowledge of biomaterial science principles. Presents a balanced perspective on the evolving discipline of Biomaterials Science by including information on hard and soft biomaterials, orthopedic ideas, cardiovascular concepts, ophthalmologic ideas, & dental issues. Will include a balance of fundamental biological concepts, materials science background, medical/clinical concerns, & coverage of biomaterials past, present, & future. Aim of the course is for student to gain a solid appreciation for the special significance of the word biomaterial as well as the rapid & exciting evolution & expansion of biomaterials science & its applications in medicine. At the end of the semester, all students should identify & understand main terms largely used in biomaterials literature, basic properties of various biomaterials, correctly associate terms with processes/phenomena, & be able to correlate related events.

Note:this course is co-listed with BME58300 which is also offered this semester. Either section counts toward engineering credits for degree-seeking students. Students in the BME concentration may want to enroll in the BME section.
Major topics include information on the structure and organization of hard tissues (bone, cartilage, ligament) and soft tissues (muscle, skin etc.), information about the function and organization of organs such as the heart or the eye, as well as a description of the main materials that are generally used in the biomedical industry in relationship to implants (metals, metal alloys, ceramics, polymers). Issues related to biocompatibility, carcinogenesis, the complement, or drug delivery systems will also be covered.

Topics Covered:
Hard Tissues I; Hard Tissues II; Orthopedic Soft Tissues I; Orthopedic Soft Tissues II; Other Soft Tissues; Metals I; Metals II; Ceramics I; Ceramics II; Polymers I; Polymers II; Bulk Characterization Methods I; Bulk Characterization Methods II; Transplants; Protein; Absorption/Clotting; Inflammatory Response/Foreign Body Response; Surface Chemistry; Surface Characterization I; Surface Characterization II; FDA and Patent Law; Current Topics in Biomaterials Research

Junior, Senior or graduate standing in engineering or science.

Applied/Theory: 0/100

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No Homework.

Each student will be required to prepare a research paper in the area of biomaterials based on a chosen subject from the recent literature in biomaterials (journal articles published between 2005-2010).

3 Mid-Term Exams and No Final Exam.

No textbook; notes and handouts provided.

Computer Requirements:
ProEd Minimum Computer Requirements.

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Lia A. Stanciu
765 496-3552
Purdue University
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 West Stadium Ave
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045
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