Medical Biomaterials



Prof. Mukesh Doble

IIT Madras

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Biomaterial is any natural or synthetic material used to replace or augment a part of the body so that it improves the human health by restoring the function of the natural living tissue or organ. It should be biocompatible and should not cause any adverse systemic reaction to the host. It could be a polymer,metal,ceramic or combination of these. It may have to be in contact or remain in the body for few hours or for rest of the life of the person.


UG/PG Biotech programmes (core or elective) and research scientists in biotechnology, material science and metallurgy,surgeons,clinicians, dentists.


Basics of physics,chemistry and mathematics.


Implants,devices,biomaterials industries.


Mukesh Doble: Professor at the department of Biotechnology at IIT Madras. Has previously worked in Imperial chemical Industries(ICI) and General Electric(GE) for 20 years . Areas of research are Biomaterials, Biopolymers and Drug design. Published 270 papers and 10 books and filed 10 patents (including two US). Has delivered on line video courses in Downstream processes and Biostatistics.


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COURSE ENROLMENT FEE: The Fee for Enrolment is Rs. 2000 + GST

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3. Get qualified to register for exams
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Assignment score = Score more than 50% in at least 6/8 assignments.
Exam score = 50% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
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EXAM FEE: The remote proctoring exam is optional for a fee of Rs.1500 + GST. An additional fee of Rs.1500 will apply for a non-standard time slot.

5. Results and Certification
After the exam, based on the certification criteria of the course, results will be declared and learners will be notified of the same. A link to download the e-certificate will be shared with learners who pass the certification exam.


Course Details

Week  1: Introduction to Biomaterials
              Background history
              Properties (Mechanical and Physico-chemical)
              Properties (Mechanical and Physico-chemical)

Week  2: Mechanical properties
              Mechanical properties
              Resorbability, biodegradation
              Resorbability, biodegradation

Week  3: Biofilm
              Material characterization – Analytical instruments
              Analytical instruments

Week  4: Analytical instruments
              Analytical instruments
              Biological responses, compatibility, cytotoxicity
              Proteins, Tissue and blood Response
              Cell-biomaterial interaction

Week  5: Animal trials (in vivo)
              Animal trials
              Metals-types, classifications, applications
              Metals –  properties
              Metals –  properties

Week  6: Metals –  properties
              Polymers-types, classifications, applications

Week  7: Blends/composites
              Preparation of different morphologies (with experiments)
              Surface modifications (with experiments)

Week  8: Ceramics
              Drug delivery systems/encapsulation
              Biomaterials for cardiovascular/pulmonary/ophthalmological  applications
              Biomaterials for urinary/dental/skin applications
              Sterilization of implants, device failures, unique issues, conclusion


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