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.

2022W, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC
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  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

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

Mon09:00 - 11:0003.10.2022 - 23.01.2023FH Hörsaal 3 - MATH VO
Biocompatible Materials - Single appointments
Mon03.10.202209:00 - 11:00FH Hörsaal 3 - MATH VO
Mon10.10.202209:00 - 11:00FH Hörsaal 3 - MATH VO
Mon17.10.202209:00 - 11:00FH Hörsaal 3 - MATH VO
Mon24.10.202209:00 - 11:00FH Hörsaal 3 - MATH VO
Mon31.10.202209:00 - 11:00FH Hörsaal 3 - MATH VO
Mon07.11.202209:00 - 11:00FH Hörsaal 3 - MATH VO
Mon14.11.202209:00 - 11:00FH Hörsaal 3 - MATH VO
Mon21.11.202209:00 - 11:00FH Hörsaal 3 - MATH VO
Mon28.11.202209:00 - 11:00FH Hörsaal 3 - MATH VO
Mon05.12.202209:00 - 11:00FH Hörsaal 3 - MATH VO
Mon12.12.202209:00 - 11:00FH Hörsaal 3 - MATH VO
Mon19.12.202209:00 - 11:00FH Hörsaal 3 - MATH VO
Mon09.01.202309:00 - 11:00FH Hörsaal 3 - MATH VO
Mon16.01.202309:00 - 11:00FH Hörsaal 3 - MATH VO
Mon23.01.202309:00 - 11:00FH Hörsaal 3 - MATH VO

Examination modalities

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


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Fri09:00 - 17:0014.04.2023 ZOOMoral24.03.2023 09:00 - 05.04.2023 12:00TISSExam 14.4.
Tue09:00 - 17:0023.05.2023 ZOOMoral02.05.2023 09:00 - 15.05.2023 12:00TISSExam 23.5.
Mon09:00 - 17:0003.07.2023 ZOOMoral12.06.2023 09:00 - 23.06.2023 12:00TISSExam 3.7.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.09.2022 00:00 02.03.2023 23:59 29.03.2023 23:59

Group Registration

GroupRegistration FromTo
BCM01.09.2022 00:0020.08.2023 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
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