Molecular Principles of Biomaterials

Synthetic molecules assemble into a structure that mirrors bone.

Synthetic molecules assemble into fibers that coax minerals into growing on top, a structure that mirrors bone. (Image by J. Hartgerink, Northwestern University; courtesy of the National Science Foundation.)


MIT Course Number

20.462J / 3.962J

As Taught In

Spring 2006



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Course Description

This course covers the analysis and design at a molecular scale of materials used in contact with biological systems, including biotechnology and biomedical engineering. Topics include molecular interactions between bio- and synthetic molecules and surfaces; design, synthesis, and processing approaches for materials that control cell functions; and application of state-of-the-art materials science to problems in tissue engineering, drug delivery, vaccines, and cell-guiding surfaces.

Darrell Irvine. 20.462J Molecular Principles of Biomaterials, Spring 2006. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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