308.119 Biomaterials
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2018S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture

Aim of course

To understand the design principles and mechanical optimization strategies in selected biomaterials. Smart materials design may still be a challenge for us today, but Nature has been using it on a regular basis already ages ago. In spite of strictly limited resources and limitations imposed by environmental conditions, sophisticated biomaterials have evolved. They are specially adapted to fulfill specific tasks and are mechanically optimized. Even today, some of them still surpass artificially produced materials in many respects. In this course, selected biomaterials will be presented and their structure, mechanical properties and design strategies explained. A brief overview of experimental investigation methods and possibilities to use design principles from Nature shall be given as well.

Subject of course

· Elements of biomaterials · The making of - self-assembly and growth · Mechanical concepts in biomaterials · High-performance fibers: spider silk, keratin, collagen · Soft tissue - skin, cartilage, glue · Engineering with fibers: biological composite materials · Bioceramics - teeth, nacre · Art of hierarchical design 1: bone · Art of hierarchical design 2: wood · Intelligent materials - adaptive growth · Biomimetic and bio-inspired materials

Additional information

Blocked course!



Course dates

Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

written exam


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Tue09:00 - 11:0028.05.2024GM 8/9 - Hörsaal des Internationalen Wiener Motorensymposiums written07.05.2024 00:00 - 26.05.2024 23:59TISSBiomaterials exam
Fri09:00 - 11:0021.06.2024GM 8/9 - Hörsaal des Internationalen Wiener Motorensymposiums written07.05.2024 00:00 - 19.06.2024 23:59TISSBiomaterials exam

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
06.02.2018 09:00 05.06.2018 12:00 05.06.2018 12:00

Registration modalities

Via TISS! Lecture dates in TISS are tentative, will be fixed in the first meeting.



Powerpoint slides will be made available online. 

A printed and bound version is available at the Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaft und Werkstofftechnologie (E308).