Materials In Today's World



The environment can have a large deteriorative effect on materials over time, including corrosion and degradation. For biomaterials, the materials have the additional condition for the use of having to be able to survive the unique environment of biological systems. In this lesson, we explore issues around biomaterials including structural requirements, functional requirements, biocompatibility, and ethical concerns. 

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between biological, biomaterials, bio-based materials, and biomimetic materials.
  • Explain the differences between structural and functional biomaterials.
  • List and discuss several examples of structural biomaterials applications.
  • List and discuss several examples of functional biomaterials applications.
  • Identify moral and societal issues involved in the usage of biomaterials.
  • Explain the connection between smart materials and biological systems.

Lesson Roadmap

Lesson 11 will take us one week to complete. Please refer to Canvas for specific due dates.

Lesson Roadmap
To Read Read the Biomaterials pages in Canvas under Lesson 11, plus the few pages included here.
To Watch Making Stuff: Smarter
To Do Lesson 11 Quiz


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