Catalogue 2013 - 2014

BME 443 Advanced Biomedical Materials and Medical Devices


3 cr.


BME 340 or ME 309.

Course Description

This course is designed to explore the field of biomaterials and medical devices. The basic science of metals, ceramics, polymers and biological materials used in medical and dental applications will be presented. Major concepts will focus on structure-property relationships and the physical and mechanical properties of these important classes of materials. Other topics will include modes of materials degradation and failure, including metallic corrosion, wear and fretting, and polymer degradation. Issues related to the biocompatibility of materials and the performance of medical devices will be presented. An emphasis is placed on surface and interfacial properties of biomaterials and the biological response of the human body to the presence of artificial materials. Examples of specific implants and medical devices will be presented and studied both through lecture materials and group projects.