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20.462J / 3.962J Molecular Principles of Biomaterials, Spring 2006

Synthetic molecules assemble into a structure that mirrors bone.
Synthetic molecules assemble into fibers that coax minerals into growing on top, a structure that mirrors bone. (Image by J. Hartgerink, Northwestern University; courtesy of the National Science Foundation.)

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Course Description

This course covers the analysis and design at a molecular scale of materials used in contact with biological systems, including biotechnology and biomedical engineering. Topics include molecular interactions between bio- and synthetic molecules and surfaces; design, synthesis, and processing approaches for materials that control cell functions; and application of state-of-the-art materials science to problems in tissue engineering, drug delivery, vaccines, and cell-guiding surfaces.


Prof. Darrell Irvine

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session



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