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KD2270 Biomaterials 6.0 credits

The course covers various types of biomaterials including metallic, polymer and ceramic materials for a wide range of biomedical applications. Properties, performance as well as degradation of biomaterials are treated.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD2270 (Autumn 2007–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Various types of biomaterials for a wide range of biomedical applications. Basic function and performance of passive and active implant materials. Physical, chemical and mechanical aspects of bulk and surface properties of metallic, polymer and ceramic biomaterials. Principles of surface engineering and combination of different materials. Corrosion and degradation mechanisms of biomaterials in different applications. Choice of biomaterials based on function, biological environments, toxicity and economic aspects. Examination of examples of biomaterials and implant objects and devices, or study visit. Presentation of current research trends.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Give examples of application areas for different types of biomaterials.
  • Apply knowledge from basic material courses to identify material properties that are critical for metallic, polymer and ceramic biomaterials, or their combination.
  • Explain basic physical, chemical and mechanical processes that may occur on biomaterials in use.
  • Describe corrosion and degradation processes that occur for different biomaterials and their consequences.
  • Select proper type of biomaterial for given applications, taking into account function, health risk and economic aspects.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

4H1065 Materials Science for Materials Design and Engineering, or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Selected chapters in “Biomaterials Science, An Introduction to Materials in Medicine", edited by B.D. Ratner, A.S. Hoffman, F.J. Schoen and J.E. Lemons. Academic Press. (1996)

Other lecure materials (handouts, compendia).

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written exam (TEN1; 4,5 cr)
Seminar (SEM1; 1,5 cr)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web KD2270

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Education cycle

Second cycle

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Jinshan Pan,, 08-790 67 39