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BIOE7001 - Biomaterials

Long Title:Biomaterials
Module Code:BIOE7001
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Biomedical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: GER KELLY
Module Author: HUGH O DONNELL
Module Description: This subject gives the student a grounding in the application of biomaterials in medical devices. The student is introduced to the areas of polymeric, metal and ceramic biomaterials and the course then proceeds to deal with areas such as the in vivo performance and selection of biomaterials and also the testing of biomaterials and the interaction of biomaterials with tissues.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss the interaction between living tissue and biomaterials.
LO2 Characterise biomaterials according to their biocompatibility and their in vivo chemical and physical stability.
LO3 Describe the use of biomaterials in medical devices.
LO4 Select suitable biomaterials for a particular design or application subject to appropriate design constraints whilst being mindful of economic, environmental and ethical issues.
LO5 Structure and prepare technical reports on the properties of biomaterials.
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Properties of Natural Materials
In vivo versus In vitro properties. Tissue constituents. Properties of Collagen and Elastin. Mechanical properties of bone, muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Viscoelastic models of material behaviour.
Bio-polymers. Sterilisation issues. Resorbable polymers. Mechanical properties relevant to applications. Fabrics, threads and sutures.
Review of metals used in the biomedical industry. Evolution of metallic prostheses: Casting, mechanical forming, heat treatment, finishing, surface treatment and surface hardening. Shape memory alloys and their applications
Aluminium oxide, calcium phosphate, hydroxyapatite, glass-ceramics, carbons. Reactive ceramics. Composites used in the biomedical industry. Fabrication of composites. Mechanical properties. Dental fillings, porous implants, composite orthopaedic implants.
Corrosion and Degradation
Introduction (Corrosion). Chemistry of corrosion. Classification of corrosion. Relevance of corrosion to orthopaedic implants. Biodegradation of metals, polymers and ceramics. Calcification of biomaterials.
Host response
Local host response. Systemic and host response. Immunology and infection. Blood compatability, carcinogenicity.
Testing and Introduction of New Materials
The design process. Laboratory studies, material evaluation. Classes of devices. Equivalent materials. Clinical trials Clinical protocols. Release for general use. Standardisation
Materials Selection
Selection of materials for applications areas including: cardiovascular, neurological, dental, ophthalmologic, orthopaedic, drug delivery, sutures, dressings, artifical organs, maxillofacial and other soft tissue augmentation.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work45.00%
End of Module Formal Examination55.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Biomaterials Laboratory Reports 5 20.0 Every Second Week
Essay Materials selection assignment 4 10.0 Week 8
Short Answer Questions 1 Hour examination 2 15.0 Week 6
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 55.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture In Class Lecture 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab Biomaterials Labs 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self directed learning 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Brian W. Darvell, 2009, Materials Science for Dentistry, Ninth Edition, 9 Ed., Taylor & Francis London [ISBN: 9781439801055]
  • edited by Paul K. Chu and Xuanyong Liu 2008, Biomaterials fabrication and processing handbook, CRC Press/Taylor & Francis [ISBN: 9780849379734]
  • Park, J. 2007, Biomaterials: An Introduction, 3rd ed Ed., Springer USA [ISBN: 978-0387378794]
  • Ratner, B.D. 2004, Biomaterials Science: An Introduction to Materials in Medicine, 2nd Ed Ed., Academic Press USA [ISBN: 978-0125824637]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Bhat, S.V. 2002, Biomaterials, Kluwer Academic Publisher The Netherlands [ISBN: 0792370589]
  • Lerouge, Sophie and Simmons, Anne 2012, Sterilisation of Biomaterials and Medical Devices, Woodhead Publishing [ISBN: 9781845699321]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Software Package: Granta Design 2013, CES Selector-materials selection software

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EBIME_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering 5 Mandatory

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