Course syllabus

Biomaterial - Interaktion mellan levande vävnad och syntetiska material
Biomaterials - Interaction between Living Tissue and Synthetic Materials

EXTG05, 5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2015/16
Decided by: Education Board A
Date of Decision: 2015-04-10

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: BME3
Elective for: N4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


To acquire specific knowledge on materials concerning the design parameters to select materials to be used in contact with living tissue – biomaterials. To understand the processes that govern the interactions over the interface between the material and the living tissue. To understand the process that is needed to develop a new biomaterial or medical device. To have knowledge of the rules that govern medical products in Europe and other parts of the world.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

To achieve pass level the student shall

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

To achieve pass level the student shall
Be able to discuss the design factors and mechanisms that direct the development of new biomaterials and devices and the alternatives for testing them at various levels – in vitro, in cell cultures, in animal experiments and in the clinics.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Understand the ethical issues in the development of new biomaterials.


The class is given as lectures with 1-2 group assignments to bring a concept to a finished clinical medical device. The lectures will encompass material science and characterization and testing of biomaterials. Processes at the interface between material and living tissue. Ethics, clinical evaluation, legal requirements on medical devices. Examples on clinical uses of Biomaterials in orthopedics, odontology, the cardiovascular system, ophthalmology, audiology etc.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Evaluation: To pass the class the following is needed: Presence at lectures, group sessions and demonstrations. Further approved report from group assignments and group assignments on specific themes. For higher grades than 3 the students can participate in a discussion in groups of 5 students each.


Required prior knowledge: EITA01 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering KOKA15 Organic Chemistry
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Lars Magnus Bjursten,