Northwestern University Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Phillip B. Messersmith Research Group

Teaching Courses

BME 343: Biomaterials and Medical Devices
BME 344: Biological Performance of Materials
BME 441: Biointerface Science
BME 444: Nanomaterials in Medicine






BME 343: Biomaterials and Medical Devices

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is intended to be for senior level and first-year graduate students who have an interest in biomaterials. This course will deal with the properties of currently used materials in tissue replacement including metallic, ceramic, and polymeric materials. Implant applications and design considerations for these materials as well as the problems associated with long term survival will be described so that the mechanical, chemical and physiological interactions between body environment and biomaterial can be better understood.



BME 344: Biological Performance of Materials

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Problems associated with selection and function of biomedical materials. Performance of biomaterials related to surface interaction with surrounding body tissue and fluids. Topics include the surface characterization, physical chemistry of surfaces, solid-liquid interface, protein adsorption, foreign body response, in-vitro and in-vivo testing of biomaterials, and applications where either material-tissue or material-solution interfaces dominate performance. Lectures will be supplemented by laboratory exercises using model biomaterials.



BME 441: Biointerface Science

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The first half of this course covers basic physical chemistry of surfaces and interfaces, and common experimental methods for surface characterization. The second part of the course emphasizes interactions of biological systems with surfaces at the molecular, cell, and tissue levels. Lectures are supplemented by reviews of the journal literature.


BME 444: Nanomaterials in Medicine

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A revolution in medicine has begun, which is being made possible by advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology. New nanoparticle based diagnostic and therapeutic strategies are beginning to become widely available, and it is anticipated that the pace of research and development will lead to rapid adoption of these technologies for the clinic. This course will cover the design, synthesis, properties, biological performance and applications of nanoparticle based diagnostic and therapeutic devices. There will be an emphasis on the research literature, including landmark papers and emerging topics.

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