BME 111 Design of Biomaterials (2015-2016)

BME 111 Design of Biomaterials

(Required for BME and BMEP. Selected Elective for MSE.)
Catalog Data:

BME 111 Design of Biomaterials (Credit Units: 4) Natural and synthetic polymeric materials. Metal and ceramics implant materials. Materials and surface characterization and design. Wound repair, blood clotting, foreign body response, transplantation biology, biocompatibility of material. Artificial organs and medical devices. Government regulations. Prerequisite: BME 50B or BioSci 99. Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering: Premedical, and Materials Science Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 3)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0130097101.

Recommended Textbook:

Class notes

Wendy Liu
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC b, EAC c, EAC e.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Select appropriate class of materials using knowledge of different materials properties (EAC a)

2. Design an implant material, component, or process to meet desired needs (EAC b)

3. Identify, formulate, and solve materials selection and surface engineering problems (EAC c)

4. Identify materials properties, apply fundamental analytical tools, and predict performance (EAC e)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Properties of materials
  • Surface properties in materials
  • Chemical and mechanical analysis
Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction to materials science and biomaterials
  • natural and synthetic polymer biomaterials
  • metallic biomaterials
  • ceramic biomaterials
  • surface properties of materials
  • methods for surface engineering
  • clinical applications of biomaterials
  • design criteria for synthetic biomaterials.
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Biomedical Engineering Topics and Major Design experience.

Design Content Description

Students will learn to select right biomaterials for in vivo and in vitro applications. (50%) Specific discussions on metals, polymers ceramics and other composites. (50%)

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 5%
  • Project: 30%
  • Midterm (2h): 25%
  • Final (2h): 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 1.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 3.0 credit units

August 6, 2014
Senate Approved:
March 11, 2014
Approved Effective:
2014 Fall Qtr