2019 Biomaterial Science and Engineering

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Graduate major in Life Science and Technology
Maruyama Atsushi  Tagawa Yoh-Ichi  Mori Toshiaki  Matsuda Tomoko  Kinbara Kazushi 
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Mon3-4(J221,W631)  Thr3-4(J221,W631)  
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Course description and aims

Biomaterials Engineering involves introduction to anatomy of human tissues and organs, biomaterials science, artificial organs, prosthetic devices, and in vitro living models using microfluidic devices. Biomaterials include polymeric, ceramic, metallic, and other biomimetic materials. At the end of this course, students will be able to: 1) Explain biomaterials. 2) Have an understanding of living body and its reactions, design biomaterials for research and medicine. 3) Design and experiment or draw up research plans, collect and analyze the data obtained , and produce reports based on the findings. 4) Prepare overviews of previously conducted researches, identify issues, and propose solutions.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Use the techniques and modern engineering tools for basic and clinical biomedical study.
2) Understand the properites and applications of biomaterials, both natural and synthetic.
3) Understand the interactions between biomaterials and the human body.Understand how to use biomaterial engineering.


Biomaterial, Matrix, Organ, Tissue, Tissue Engineering, Cell, Regenerative Medicine, Drug Delivery

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In the first quarter of a class, a summary of the previous lecture followed by the main points of the day’s lecture posed as questions are given. Then, these main points are discussed in detail. Always check the required learning for each class and be sure to complete them as a part of preparation and review.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Cells, tissues and organs in body Understand aims of this course. Student will be introduced to structures of tissues, including cell-cell and cell-scaffold adherences, and organs as outline of human anatomy.
Class 2 Cell culture substrates and tissue/organ chip Understand principles and applications of cell cultures, and then be provided with microfluidic device technology such as body on a chip.
Class 3 Clinical and pharmaceutical applications, safety, and sterilization of biomaterials Students will be provided with an overview of current regenerative medicine using biomaterial technology.
Class 4 Biocompatibility, biodegradability as biomaterials Students will be introduced to understand properties for biomaterials.
Class 5 Analyses of structure on cell surfaces Students will be introduced to understand nano-scale structure on cell surfaces for biomaterials.
Class 6 Bionanotechnology Students will be introduced to understand nanotechnology for biomaterials.
Class 7 Organic/polymer synthesis using biocatalysis Students will understand basics of biocatalysis for organic/polymer synthesis.
Class 8 Application of biocatalysis to biomaterial (polymer) synthesis Students will be introduced to application of biocatalysis to biomaterial (polymer) synthesis.
Class 9 Biomaterial synthesis using supercritical fluid Students will understand basics of supercritical fluid technology, following its application to the biomaterial synthesis.
Class 10 Fundamentals of drug delivery system Students will be provided with fundamentals of drug delivery systems
Class 11 Biomaterials for drug delivery systems Student will be introduced polymer materials used for drug delivery systems.
Class 12 Polymer complexes for biomolecular engineering Student will understand biomolecular engineering using polymer complexes.
Class 13 Protein-based biomaterials Student will be introduced to 1) properties and applications of structural proteins, and 2) preparation and applications of bioconjugates.
Class 14 Nucleic acid-based biomaterials Students will be provided with applications of nucleic acids for fabrication of nano-materials.
Class 15 Biomimetic materials Student will be introduced to concept and examples of biomimetic materials.


Essential Biomaterials Science, David Williams, Cambridge University Press

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Molecular Biology of the Cell, 6th Edition (Bruce Alberts et al., Garland Science)
Biochemistry, 4th Edition (Donald Voet, Judith G. Voet, Wiley)

Assessment criteria and methods

1) Students will be assessed on their understanding of each tiopic
2) Students' course scores are based on the exams or reports of each professor.
3) Full attendance are compulsory.

Related courses

  • LST.A203 : Biochemistry I
  • LST.A218 : Biochemistry II
  • LST.A208 : Molecular Biology I
  • LST.A213 : Molecular Biology II
  • LST.A336 : Genetic Engineering
  • LST.A342 : Biomedical Materials

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, General Chemistry

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