AME 50571 - Biomaterials

Biomaterials are engineered materials designed to replace, restore or augment biological materials for therapeutic benefits. The interaction of engineered materials with biological systems involves complex structure-property relationships which are only beginning to be established. Historic and nascent advances in biomaterials are critically and independently evaluated by the class using published reports in the literature.

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AME 60645 - Mechanical Behavior of Materials

The mechanical behavior of engineering materials shapes human history. Historians tell us that the Chinese discovered gunpowder centuries before the western world developed the cannon in the 14th century. What was the reason for this time-lag? Gunpowder was of little use (or misuse) without the technology of malleable metal barrels capable of containing and directing the explosion! So, how would you predict the forces required to permanently deform a metal into a prescribed shape? How would you design a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) composite for specified mechanical loads, e.g. aircraft wings, automobile leaf springs, etc. After billions of dollars spent developing “advanced” materials, why do biological materials like wood and bone remain among the most weight-efficient structural materials? How can a synthetic material be made to mimic a natural tissue, like bone? These questions and a host of similar questions will be addressed in AME 60645 – Mechanical Behavior of Materials.

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AME 60646 - Failure of Materials

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AME 60679 - Nanoparticles in Biomedicine

Nanoparticles are used in biomedicine in a growing number applications, including biosensing, diagnostic imaging, and therapeutics. Nanoparticle science and engineering will be introduced including the processing (synthesis and surface modification), structure (physical and molecular), and functional properties (biological, electrical, magnetic, mechanical, optical, X-ray, etc.) that enable these, and other, biomedical applications.

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