Materials for Biomedical Applications

Diagram of the human body with locations for biomaterial applications.

Biomaterials constructed of metals, ceramics, and polymers have many medical applications. (Image by Prof. Anne Mayes and MIT OpenCourseWare.)


MIT Course Number

3.051J / 20.340J

As Taught In

Spring 2006



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This class provides an introduction to the interactions between cells and the surfaces of biomaterials. The course covers: surface chemistry and physics of selected metals, polymers, and ceramics; surface characterization methodology; modification of biomaterials surfaces; quantitative assays of cell behavior in culture; biosensors and microarrays; bulk properties of implants; and acute and chronic response to implanted biomaterials. General topics include biosensors, drug delivery, and tissue engineering.

Mayes, Anne. 3.051J Materials for Biomedical Applications, Spring 2006. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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