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Introduction to Biomaterials


Credit Hours:


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.


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.
Sample Syllabus

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:

/ 100

Web Address:

Web Content:

Syllabus, lecture notes, homework assignments, solutions, quizzes, chat room, and message board.


Three homework sets over the course of the semester.




3 Mid-Term Exams and No Final Exam.


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Required: Biomaterials: An introduction to Materials in Medicine, Second edition. Buddy D. Ratner. Academic Press. ISBN:9780125824637

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