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FTF185 - Introductory course in biomaterials
Owner: TTFYA
1,0 Credits (ECTS 1,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: C
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0101 Examination 1,0 c Grading: TH   1,0 c   Contact examiner

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Bitr professor  Julie Gold


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Course specific prerequisites



The aim of the introductory course is to provide an overview of the major research and application areas of biomaterials. The course provides an introduction to interdisciplinary biomaterials research.


The aim of the Introductory Course is to provide an overview of the major research and application areas of biomaterials. The course provides an introduction to interdisciplinary biomaterials research.

Introduction to interdisciplinary biomaterials and definitions, Overview and history of medical devices, Materials used as biomaterials, Surface analysis, Surface modifications, Surface-protein interactions, Material-cell interactions, Inflammation, repair, integration and loosening processes, Implants and infection, Introduction to regulatory affairs, Musculoskeletal implants and other major implant types.
Group work and final seminar
Site visits (medical device industry and clinics)


The course provides an introduction to biomaterials research with a description of the components which are required in the process of research and development of biomedical devices. Emphasis is given to definitions, overview of application areas and critical issues related to the success and failure of devices. The interdisciplinary nature of research and development of medical devices and materials is described and illustrated by lecture topics presented by experts from various sub-disciplines of biomaterials (clinicians, physicists, biologists, industrial R&D, regulatory and manufacturing personnel). The structural and functional properties and requirements of the material-tissue interface in different environments are introduced.
The training process of working in interdisciplinary groups is initiated. A tutor assigned to each group, who meets and discusses the subject of the group task. The student is introduced to different perspectives in biomaterials through short site-visits.
The course is based on a combination of lectures, site visits, individual and group work, and a seminar.
The course is held in English.


Kompendium "Biomaterials" (Glasmästar K, Källtorp M), Graduate School in Materials Science/Department of Applied Physics/Institute of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Göteborg, 1999

"Biomaterials Science. An Introduction to Materials in Medicine" (Ed. Ratner B, Hoffman AS, Schoen FJ, Lemons JE), Academic Press, 2nd Edition, 2002 (will be piblished in July 2002)

Lecture overheads


Examination is based on active participation in the course and results of the group work. The group work culminates in a written report and oral presentation at a final seminar.
CTH students: UK, 3, 4, 5
GU students: UK, GK, VG

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