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

Learning Outcomes - Knowledge and Understanding

  • 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

Learning Outcomes - Intellectual Skills

  • Conceive and creatively and critically design next-generation biomaterials

Learning Outcomes - Practical Skills

  • Consider material cycle and roles biomaterials play in sustainable biotechnology and circular economy

Learning Outcomes - Transferable Skills

  • Critically assess the capacity, potential, and limitation of a new bioengineering technology
  • Collaborate with peers in project ideation, development, and communication

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: 18 hours

Study groups: 8 hours

Assessments

Examinations:

●  Written exam: Main exam; 60% weighting

    No type of previous exam answers or solutions will be available

Courseworks:

●  Presentation: Presentation; 40% weighting