15 Credits SPRING

Cannot be taken with: MAT2410
Pre-requisites: A Level equivalent in at least one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Biology

Aims/Description: This module will explore the range of materials, both synthetic and natural, that can be used as implants in the human body, from a materials science perspective. This module will highlight the materials properties of implant materials, and will give an overview of possible host responses to the implant materials. Additionally, both physical and chemical routes to reduce the host response will be discussed. Case studies of hard and soft tissue implants will be discussed. Finally, the module will highlight the use of artificial organs. 

Teaching Methods: The basic content will be taught using a standard lecture format, supplemented by handout notes and background reading from suggested texts and a library information pack. This will address all learning objectives. In order to initiate self-directed learning and preparation for coursework, students will obtain a basic introduction to biomaterials science via the lectures.
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Materials Science and Engineering):

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK