308.106 Biocompatible Materials
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to describe properties of the most important biomaterials and to list their applications, to determine biocompatibility as well as to analyse the differences of the most important material classes with respect to applications in biomedicine.

Subject of course

Biocompatible materials (metals, ceramics and polymers) and design; Knowledge of the internal structure of the most relevant material classes; Structure property relations; Methods for the determination of biocompatibility; Knee resp. hip joint implants and their testing; Degradable implants; Controlled drug release and drug delivery systems; Wound care und suture materials; Implants for the blood circulatory system; Dental and ophthalmological applications

Teaching methods

The class uses slides as basis for knowledge transfer. The theoretical knowledge is further deepened by sample calculations which are solved during the class.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Course materials are provided on TUWEL.



Course dates

Mon09:30 - 11:0004.10.2021 - 24.01.2022 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon09:30 - 11:0001.11.2021 Zoom MeetingVO
Biocompatible Materials - Single appointments
Mon04.10.202109:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon11.10.202109:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon18.10.202109:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon25.10.202109:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon01.11.202109:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon08.11.202109:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon15.11.202109:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon22.11.202109:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon29.11.202109:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon06.12.202109:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon13.12.202109:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon10.01.202209:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon17.01.202209:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon24.01.202209:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO

Examination modalities

During the oral/written exam different biomaterials should be analysed and their application fields should be described.


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Tue09:00 - 17:0004.10.2022 Online examoral13.09.2022 09:00 - 23.09.2022 12:00TISSExam 5.10.2021
Wed10:00 - 18:0026.10.2022 oral05.10.2022 08:00 - 19.10.2022 09:00TISSExam 27.10.2020

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
02.09.2021 00:00 03.03.2022 23:59 30.03.2022 23:59

Group Registration

GroupRegistration FromTo
BCM02.09.2021 00:0021.08.2022 23:59


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
033 533 Medical Informatics STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
066 434 Materials Sciences
066 445 Mechanical Engineering STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
066 453 Biomedical Engineering
066 482 Mechanical Engineering - Management STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
066 658 Chemie und Technologie der Materialien STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
700 Mechanical Engineering


The slides will be mostly accessible in TUWEL every sunday afternoon preceeding the corresponding lecture. The slides define the examination material.

Recommended literature (not exhaustive):
in German:
-E. Wintermantel, S.-W. Ha: Biokompatible Werkstoffe und Bauweisen. Springer Verlag
-R. Schmidt: Werkstoffverhalten in biologischen Systemen. Springer Verlag
in English:
-J. Black, J. Hastings: Handbook of Biomaterial Properties. Chapman & Hall, London, Weinheim
-R. Narayan: Biomedical Materials. Springer, New York.
-William Wagner et al.: Biomaterials Science - An Introduction to Materials in Medicine. Academic Press, San Diego, 2020 (AVAILABLE ONLINE IN THE TU-LIBRARY)

Previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in Materials Science, Chemistry, and Physics