The students will acquire the knowledge required to develop and characterise materials with possible applications in medicine and pharmacy.
The various types of materials as biomaterials. Polymers, ceramics and metals. Composites. Main applications in various areas of medicine. Physical and chemical properties of different biomaterials. Thermal and mechanical properties. Modification and characterisation of surfaces. Wettability of biomaterials. Sterilization. Synthesis of polymers. Natural polymers. Biodegradable materials. Hydrogels. Systems of controlled drug release. Biomaterial interaction with organisms. Biocompatibility. Modelling of composites with application in the field of biomaterials.
Generic skills to reach
. Competence in analysis and synthesis; . Competence to solve problems; . Competence in autonomous learning; . Professional ambition; . Self-criticism and self-evaluation; . Competence in oral and written communication; . Knowledge of a foreign language; . Competence for working in group; . Competence to communicate with people who are not experts in the field; . Initiative and entrepreneurial spirit; (by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
total of teaching hours
Sseminar or study visit
Laboratory or field work
Bibliography of reference
Buddy D.Ratner, Allan S.Hoffman, Biomaterials Science. An Introduction to Materials in Medicine,2004
Frederick H.Silver, Biomaterials Science and Biocompatibility, 1999
Lectures on the theoretical concepts and of the methodologies to approach biomaterials' related topics. Examples of application.
Presentation of case studies and discussion of more complex problems with students organised into groups.
- Sala equipada com meios audiovisuais - Sala com recursos computacionais e acesso a Internet