Advanced Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Module aims

 Biomaterials shape our life through food, textile, built environment, and medicine. This module will showcase the frontiers of biomaterials research and innovation, which are closely linked to tissue engineering in regenerative medicine and beyond. Biomaterials are materials that are synthesized by living organisms, or ones that interact with biological cells and tissues. Pioneering development of new biomaterials will be explored, highlighting their functionalities in various fields of application and diving into their synthesis via state-of-art technology, such as synthetic biology and chemistry and biomimetic engineering.

Learning outcomes

 Upon successful completion of this module you will be able to: • Discover, describe, and differentiate diverse ranges of biomaterials and their synthesis and functional characterization, as well as examples of applications • Synthesize and explain the principles of how biological systems construct their own structure, which in turn sense and respond to the structural environment • Explain and compare the technology and analyses platforms that are used in major classis of biomaterial research and innovation • Conceive and creatively and critically design next-generation biomaterials • Collaborate with peers in project ideation, development, and communication • Critically assess the capacity, potential, and limitation of a new bioengineering technology • Consider material cycle and roles biomaterials play in sustainable biotechnology and circular economy

Module syllabus

 The module will be taught over one term using a combination of lectures, study groups, and guest lectures. Study groups will complement the taught content from lectures and allow students to assess their understanding, while encouraging in-depth and critical consideration of research and innovation in engineering of new biomaterials. Contents include: • Biosynthesis of structural materials in animal, plant, and fungal systems, as well as in biofilms • Emerging biomaterials in regenerative medicine, neural interface, living architecture, food/farming, textile and design • Design principals of biomaterials (e.g. organic polymer, cellular solid, functional surface, hierarchical composite, hydrogel, toughness) • Synthetic biology and chemistry of biomaterial generation and degradation • Biomimetic materials

Teaching methods

Lectures and study groups

General feedback on formative assessments will be given either orally in lectures and study groups or electronically as an email or announcement on Blackboard. 

Numerical results for the final examination will be communicated after the examiners board meeting.

Assessments

 Written exam 100%