76066 - Applied Material Science

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  • Teacher Piera Versura

  • Credits 2

  • SSD MED/50

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Podiatry (cod. 8479)

  • Course Timetable from Mar 28, 2022 to Apr 20, 2022


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Industry, innovation and infrastructure Oceans

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The student learns the basic knowledge on the structure and behavior of the materials utilized in podiatry, as well as on the degradation mechanisms in the specific conditions of use. At the end of the course the student is able to choose the most suitable material for practical application in podiatry.

Course contents

The topics of the course are summarized here below:

- EU regulation of medical devices 2017/745

- introduction to material science and technology

- physical / chemical, mechanical, and technological properties of the materials of interest in podiatry

- materials of natural origin

- polymers and main production systems

- biomaterials, definitions, applications and legislation in the biomedical field.

- main processes of material degradation and fracture

- tools for a critical choice of the most suitable material for specific medical devices in practical applications in podiatry


Material provided by the teacher, available on the IoL platform.

Teaching methods

Frontal teaching with examples of application in the daily practice.

Assessment methods

Short talk given on a topic chosen by the student. Test with multiple choice quiz on topics from the program.

Teaching tools

Video projector, PC, mobile app for interactive teaching

Office hours

See the website of Piera Versura