Medical Biomaterials

By Prof. Mukesh Doble   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 2704
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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG/PG Biotech programmes (core or elective) and research scientists in biotechnology, material science and
  metallurgy,surgeons,clinicians, dentists.
PREREQUISITES        : Basics of physics,chemistry and mathematics.
INDUSTRY SUPPORT  : Implants,devices,biomaterials industries.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
  • Bioengineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 21 Feb 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 21 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

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

Books and references


Instructor bio

Prof. Mukesh Doble

IIT Madras
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.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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