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KD2300 Biomedical Materials 7.5 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.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD2300 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Various types of biomaterials for a wide range of biomedical applications. Fundamental structure-property relationships. 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. Host-tissue response, blood compatibility, extracellular matrix collagen, bioadhesion, protein adsorption, polymers for controlled drug release. Corrosion and degradation mechanisms of biomaterials in different applications. Selection of biomaterials based on function, biological environments, toxicity and economic aspects. Examples of biomaterials and implant objects and devices. Current research trends and medical device regulation.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Give examples of biomedical material applications, identify material properties that are critical for metallic, polymer
    and ceramic biomaterials, and suggest proper type of biomaterial for given applications.
  • Explain basic physical, chemical and mechanical processes that may occur on biomaterials in use, including corrosion
    and degradation reactions that occur for different biomaterials and their consequences.
  • Practically perform testing and property evaluations of common biomedical materials.
  • Present and evaluate a project and laboratory assignments orally and in writing.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor's degree in engineering or in sciences including 50 credits in chemistry or chemical engineering. English B/6.

Recommended prerequisites

Basic courses in materials science and engineering.


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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, J.E. Lemons. 2nd edition, Academic Press (2004).

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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 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 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.

Laboratory Work: Report and seminar

Other requirements for final grade

Examination, 4,5 credits,
Lab (report and seminar), 3 credits

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Biotechnology, Chemical Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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