Materials for Biomedical Engineering, 8 credits (TFYA63)

Material för medicinsk teknik, 8 hp

Main field of study

Applied Physics Physics Biomedical Engineering


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Caroline Brommesson

Director of studies or equivalent

Magnus Boman
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6CMED Biomedical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 4 (Spring 2017) 1, 2 1, 3 Swedish Linköping o

Main field of study

Applied Physics, Physics, Biomedical Engineering

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Biomedical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.


Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Anatomy and Physiology

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • describe different types of materials used for biomedical applications as well as their properties making them useful as biomaterials, from nano- to macro level
  • give examples of commonly used materials for biomedical applications
  • describe and explain how cells and tissues are affected by the introduction of a foreign material
  • describe in which way nano probes may be used in biomedical applications
  • explain and be able to apply some methods for characterization of biomaterials and their interaction with cells and tissue.
  • be aware of and able to describe some commonly used strategies for conjugation of biomolecules to materials and the involved chemical interactions. In addition, to have knowledge about some selected biochemical concepts often utilized in biomaterial and biosensor science.

Course content

Materials commonly used for medical applications (biomaterials), demands on a material intended for biomedical use, surface modification of biomaterials and methods for studying biomaterials and their interaction with its surroundings. Biocompatibility, cell/tissue biomaterial interaction, protein adsorption, coagulation and complement activation, wound healing, inflammation, tissue engineering. Nano probes as tools in medicine and imaging. Drug delivery, biomaterial induced pharmacological modulation of tissue responses.

Selected basic chemistry with focus on conjugation chemistry, biochemistry and interaction chemistry. This part of the course is preparatory for the rest of the course as well as for ”Introduction to Biosensors”.

Teaching and working methods

Lectures and laborations. Preparation of a poster


KTR1Written testU, G2 credits
LAB2Laboratory workU, G2 credits
TEN2Written examinationU, 3, 4, 54 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5


Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi

Director of Studies or equivalent

Magnus Boman


Caroline Brommesson

Course website and other links

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 52 h
Recommended self-study hours: 161 h

Course literature

Essential Biomaterials Science av David Williams 2014 Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-89908-6 Utvalda vetenskapliga artiklar
Essential Biomaterials Science av David Williams 2014 Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-89908-6 Utvalda vetenskapliga artiklar
KTR1 Written test U, G 2 credits
LAB2 Laboratory work U, G 2 credits
TEN2 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 4 credits

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