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.

2020W, 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 - 11:0005.10.2020 - 25.01.2021 Zoom Meeting (LIVE)VO
Mon09:30 - 11:0002.11.2020 Zoom Meeting (LIVE)VO
Biocompatible Materials - Single appointments
Mon05.10.202009:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon12.10.202009:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon19.10.202009:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon02.11.202009:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon09.11.202009:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon16.11.202009:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon23.11.202009:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon30.11.202009:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon07.12.202009:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon14.12.202009:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon11.01.202109:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon18.01.202109:30 - 11:00 Zoom MeetingVO
Mon25.01.202109:30 - 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 - 17:0018.05.2021 Online examwritten27.04.2021 09:00 - 09.05.2021 20:00TISSExam 18.5.2021
Tue09:00 - 17:0022.06.2021 ZOOM meetingoral01.06.2021 09:00 - 08.06.2021 12:00TISSExam 22.6.2021
Tue - 05.10.2021oral14.09.2021 09:00 - 21.09.2021 12:00TISSExam 5.10.2021

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
03.09.2020 00:00 04.03.2021 23:59 31.03.2021 23:59

Group Registration

GroupRegistration FromTo
BCM03.09.2020 00:0022.08.2021 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