Course Information
TitleΒΙΟΫΛΙΚΑ / Biomaterials
Interdepartmental ProgrammeProcesses and Technology of Advanced Materials
Collaborating SchoolsElectrical and Computer Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600004481

Programme of Study: Processes and Technology of Advanced Materials

Registered students: 3
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses216.5

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
The class aspires to develop the following general skills 1. Search, data mine, organize, analyze and synthesize data organization and information (theoretical and experimental), through the use of appropriate theoretical and experimental technology tools 2. Adapt to emerging cutting edge scientific and technological challenges 3. Decision making 4. Independent work as an autonomous researcher or teamwork 5. Respect for the environment 6. Demonstration of social, professional and ethical sensitivity and responsibility on sex issues and related conduct 7. Strong sense of self-evaluation and criticism 8. Promotion of free, creative and deductive reasoning 9. Work in a multi-field scientific and interdisciplinary environment
Learning Outcomes
The students are expected to • gain knowledge, critical thinking and technical skills in the specific field, based on and stemming from their general undergraduate level education in courses including primarily materials, inorganic chemistry, polymer chemistry, biology and genetics. This achievable goal is supported by advanced scientific textbooks and laboratory manuals (along with electronic aids) yet relies on established views emerging from contemporary developments in cutting edge technology of their interdisciplinary field of specialization. • be in a position to put the acquired knowledge and expertise to work in ways reflecting professional approaches and conduct in their work environment. They are also expected to have acquired skills commensurate with their knowledge, attested to through development and presentation of articulate arguments directly linked to case problem resolution in their field of interest and specialization. • have the ability to analyze, synthesize and interpret relevant data (essentially adapting to their own field of specialization), thereby formulating views and opinions pertaining to resolution of intimately linked social, scientific and ethical issues. • be in a position to report, publicize, and announce new information, promote ideas and put forward potential solutions to novel problems akin to expert, targeted and non-specialized common public-audience(s). • develop skills of knowledge acquisition, assimilation and processing needed for further delving into their studies with a greater degree of autonomy and independence.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Course contents cover the following units 1. Introduction to materials a) General properties b) Surfaces in functional biological materials c) Role of water in biomaterials 2. Families of biomaterials (natural products, metals, alloys, polymers, hydrogels, hybrid materials, etc.) 3. Cellular exploration, biochemistry and biomedicine a) Biomolecules in intracellular and extracellular fluids b) Tissues and cell-biomaterial interactions 4. Degradation of materials in a biological milieu 5. Applications of materials in medicine (artificial organs) 6. Tissue engineering (immuno-isolation, synthetic scaffolds, etc.) 7. Biomaterials in action (implants, biodevices, etc.) 8. Biomedicinal nanotechnology Development of laboratory activities related intimately to the production and isolation of biological materials (e.g. DNA, RNA) and bioinformatics technology linked to novel biomaterials research. The class covers two main activities: 1. The theoretical part referring the aforementioned contents 2. The experimental part extending to two Laboratory periods during which famialiarization will be pursued with a) the production of biological genetic material, and b) bioinformatics search of a diverse class of materials (proteins, enzymes, RNA, DNA, etc.) in relevance to biomaterials development. The goals of the specific class include: 1. Understanding of the fundamental principles of materials science and engineering involved in natural and synthetic biomaterials and (bio)material products of engineering processes. 2. Applications in biology, biotechnology and biomedical technology, with specific examples involving quantification 3. Structure and properties of biomaterials 4. Mechanical properties, toxicity and biocompatibility of biomaterials 5. Methods of biomaterials production
Biomaterials, biological engineering, biomedicinal applications, testing, design and synthesis of biomaterials, cell-biomaterials interactions
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
During class recitations the following Information Technology and Communications means are employed: 1. Personal PCs and University Servers 2. Scientific videos For student communication the following media are employed: 1. E-mail 2.Phone communication 3. Skype During Lab Experimental Sessions the following media are employed: 1. Personal PCs and University Servers 2. Scientific videos 3.Internet searches
Course Organization
Laboratory Work
Written assigments
Student Assessment
The fundamental criteria for student performance evaluation are listed in the following Web Site: and
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Other / Others (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
-Προτεινόμενη Βιβλιογραφία : 1. Βiomaterials Science An Introduction to Materials in Medicine 2nd Edition Edited by Buddy D. Ratner, Allan S. Hoffman, Frederick J. Schoen, Jack E. Lemons. Elsevier Acad. Press, 2004. 2. Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering Fifth Edition William D. Callister, Jr. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001 3. Principles of Biomedical Engineering Sundararajan V. Madihally Artech House, Boston 2010 4. Biomaterials. Principles and Applications Edited by Joon B. Park, J. D. Bronzino CRC Press, 2003
Additional bibliography for study
-Συναφή επιστημονικά περιοδικά: Κατάλογος διεθνών περιοδικών στην περιοχή των υλικών με συσχετισμό στα Βιοϋλικά • Acta Crystallographica • Bulletin of Materials Science • Chemistry of Materials • Computational Materials Science • Journal of Applied Crystallography • Journal of Colloid and Interface Science Κατάλογος διεθνών περιοδικών στα Βιοϋλικά • Advanced Functional Materials • Biomaterials • Tissue Engineering - Part B: Reviews • Biomacromolecules • Acta Biomaterialia • Journal of the Royal Society Interface • Tissue Engineering - Part A. • Advanced healthcare materials
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