AME 40571 / 60571- Biomaterials (Spring 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020)

Biomaterials are engineered materials for use in medicine. These biomaterials are designed to replace, restore or augment biological function for therapeutic benefits. Developing biomaterials is a challenging interdisciplinary process, which requires an understanding of material and surface properties, various biological response to the materials, and clinical context of their use. This course is designed to introduce students to the various types of biomaterials and their application in medicine. 

Prerequisites: AME 20241, CBE 30361 (or consent of the instructor).

The course objectives and content will be ideal for seniors and first year graduate students.

​Objectives and Content:Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Provide a fundamental framework for understanding and manipulating complex processing-structure-property relationships in biomaterials.
  2. Critically and independently evaluate published reports on any biomaterial used in any biomedical application.
  3. Effectively communicate critical and independent thinking.


Structure: bonding, composition, cross-linking, crystallinity, crystallography, crystal/grain morphology & size, gradation, molecular weight, orientation, porosity, surface topology, etc.

Properties/Performance: bioactivity, biocompatibility, bioresorption, corrosion resistance, elasticity, fatigue resistance, fracture strength, optical resonance, shape-memory, viscosity, wear, etc.

Applications: orthopedics, cardiovascular, oncology, dental, urology, etc.

Studies: animal models, bench top, human trials, in vitro, retrievals