91653 - Properties of Biomaterials

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Docente: Marco Palanca
  • Credits: 6
  • SSD: ING-IND/34
  • Language: Italian
  • Moduli: Joseph Lovecchio (Modulo 1) Marco Palanca (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Cesena
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Biomedical Engineering (cod. 9082)

Learning outcomes

Knowledge of the physical, chemical, biological and engineering properties of Biomaterials.

Specific applications of Biomaterials in various bio-medical fields.

Characterization of Biomaterials.

Course contents



- Metallic

- Ceramics

- Synthetic polymers

- Natural Polymers

3D Printing

Processing techniques of biomaterials

Principles of imaging for biomaterials

Mechanical properties of biomaterials


Principles of mechanics for living tissue

Regulation and trading of biomaterials

Laboratory exercises



R. Pietrabissa, Biomateriali per protesi e organi artificiali, Pàtron Editore, Bologna

G. Valdrè, U. Valdrè, Misure, CLUEB, Bologna

C. Di Bello, Biomateriali, Pàtron Editore, Bologna

A. von Recum, Handbook of Biomaterials Evaluation, Taylor & Francis, London

B.D. Ratner, A.S. Hoffman, F.J. Schoen, J.E. Lemons Eds, Biomaterials Science: An introduction to Materials in Medicine, Elsevier Academic press

Teaching methods

Frontal Lectures and lab activities


Requirements to be enable to attend the labs

Because of the kind of laboratory activity planned, the labs can be attended only by those students who took the relevant safety courses (modules 1 and 2 e-learning) and attended module 3.

Assessment methods

Write and Oral exams

Teaching tools

Hands-on training and seminars

Office hours

See the website of Marco Palanca

See the website of Joseph Lovecchio