NPTEL: Medical Biomaterials

Biomaterial is any natural or synthetic material used to replace or augment a part of the body so that it improves the human health by restoring the function of the natural living tissue or organ. It should be biocompatible and should not cause any adverse systemic reaction to the host. It could be a polymer,metal,ceramic or combination of these. It may have to be in contact or remain in the body for few hours or for rest of the life of the person.



Week  1

Introduction to Biomaterials


Background history




Properties (Mechanical and Physico-chemical)


Properties (Mechanical and Physico-chemical)

Week  2

Mechanical properties


Mechanical properties


Resorbability, biodegradation


Resorbability, biodegradation



Week  3







Material characterization - Analytical instruments


Analytical instruments

Week  4

Analytical instruments


Analytical instruments


Biological responses, compatibility, cytotoxicity


Proteins, Tissue and blood Response


Cell-biomaterial interaction

Week  5

Animal trials (in vivo)


Animal trials


Metals-types, classifications, applications


Metals -  properties


Metals -  properties

Week  6

Metals -  properties




Polymers-types, classifications, applications





Week  7







Preparation of different morphologies (with experiments)


Surface modifications (with experiments)

Week  8



Drug delivery systems/encapsulation


Biomaterials for cardiovascular/pulmonary/ophthalmological applications


Biomaterials for urinary/dental/skin applications


Sterilization of implants, device failures, unique issues, conclusion


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Cost Free Online Course
Pace Upcoming
Subject Engineering
Provider NPTEL
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Calendar 8 weeks long

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