Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Implantable Materials Lab

BME 38300 / 1 Cr.

BME 38300 is a corequisite course to BME 38100, supplementing the basic science of BME 38100 with quantitative, analytical examples and problems related to fundamental engineering principles in implantable materials. Topics include: microstructure, phase transformation, processing and design issues related to major engineering materials used for implantation purposes.


Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction, 8th Ed. by W. D. Callister, Jr., (2009), John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-470-41997-7


To develop the engineering principles behind the microstructure-property-processing relationship in implantable materials.


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Better understand interactions between implantable biomaterials and tissues [1]
  • Know how to select and use basic in vitro/in vivo compatibility tests to evaluate tissue response [1,2,6]
  • Know how to characterize the interfaces between the implant and biosystems. [1,6]
  • Overview of implantable materials & their biological responses
  • Analysis of interactions between implantable materials and tissue
  • Applying in vitro and in vivo compatibility tests
  • Applying fundamental engineering tools to characterize interactions between implants and tissue
Hands-on Experience and Quantitative Analysis
  • Polymeric hydrogel biophysical properties
  • Ceramic cement biophysical and mechanical properties
  • Relationship of heat treatment and metal properties
  • Estimation and verification of composite material properties
Additional Reading Materials

Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions, K.C. Dee, D.A. Puleo, R. Bizios. ISBN 0-471-25394-4. Printed handouts related to special topics will be provided.