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TIF050 - Materials science of biomaterials
Owner: TTFYA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: D
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0105 Project 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c    

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MAMAS MSc PROGR IN ADVANCED MATERIALS - Biomaterials, Year 1 (elective)


Bitr professor  Julie Gold


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Introductory courses in chemistry or physics or materials science.


The aims of this course are two-fold: 1) to provide a review of basic concepts in materials science which are required to 2) explore and understand the materials issues involved in research, development, clinical performance and regulatory control of medical devices.


The course is built upon the principle of understanding the specific properties of the different material types used as biomaterials, and how this understanding can be used for selecting/designing materials for different implant applications. Special emphasis is placed on surface properties, as it is one of the major challenges of todays materials and is the part of the material which forms the interface to the biological system.
The course provides a necessary background for students in biomedicine or biotechnology who are continueing studies in biomaterials and tissue engineering.
The course covers the major classes of materials such as metals, ceramics and polymers. Emphasis is placed on structure, mechanical properties, analytical methods, surface vs. bulk properties and degradation mechanisms of each material group. Another major theme is the preparation and characterization of controlled surfaces for biomaterials applications. Also covered are sterlization methods, retrieval analysis, and industry and regulatory standards required for implant materials.
Article Seminars address current materials issues within the medical implant field. Each article is read, summarized and criticised during tutorial sessions. Emphasis is placed on the materials used, processing methods, characterization, and performance.
For the final project work, each student selects a specific medical device or application area in biomaterials, and presents a survey of the materials being used for that application as well as those under development. The final projects are presented both as a written report and as a poster presented during a poster session at the end of the term. Written reports are reviewed by another student in the class.


The course is based on a combination of lectures, group-oriented Article Seminars , laboratory exercises and/or demonstrations, and an individual final project assignment


Biomaterials Science. An Introduction to Materials in Medicine (Ed. Ratner B, Hoffman AS, Schoen FJ, Lemons JE), Academic Press, 2nd Edition, 2004 or 1st Edition. Handouts in the form of lecture notes and scientific journal articles.


Examination is based on active participation in the course, and results of the article reviews and the final project.

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