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Degree course in BIOMATERIALS ENGINEERING (Codice 2216)

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Detail Degree Course Academic year of the educational offer: 2018/2019
School:
  • POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL
Class:

credits total:120

Educational objectives
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The course aims at training 2nd cycle graduates capable of developing and implementing the production of industrial artefacts and devices of various types of biomaterials. Another educational objective is the acquisition of skills in the design, modification and use of biomaterials, the development and introduction of functional and structural characteristics, the capability of operating and managing the applied research activities related to the production of laboratory prototypes, and their further industrial production. Mandatory teachings aim at completing an enriching core competences in Chemistry and Physics, as well as mandatory and elective courses providing competences in the fields of design, preparation, transformation and applications of biomaterials. Among the qualifying objectives for the course: the knowledge of physics, chemistry and mechanics of matter; the use of laboratory equipment and methods of investigation on biomaterials; the knowledge of transformation technologies and of their relations with the structure and properties; the ability to conceive, plan, design and manage complex systems, processes and services in the field of biomaterials; the ability to develop interdisciplinary and transversal projects with experts in biological, pharmaceutical and medical subjects; the development and consolidation of language skills(specifically in English) with reference to disciplinary vocabularies. The first year of the course includes an in-depth study of the chemistry and physics of matter and surfaces, the study of transformation technologies of biomaterials including composites and nanocomposites as well as specific subjects related to the use of biomaterials in specific devices in the bio-pharmaceutical and medical sectors, in packaging, biomass valorization, prototyping. The second year deals in further detail with the applications of biomaterials and durability in biological environments(also through elective courses). Ample space is given to the training in the field of the student thanks to the internship and the thesis. Elective courses will allow to specifically drive the student's studies towards different application areas of the biomaterials, including the design of devices and rapid prototyping techniques. The preparation will be completed and supplemented by laboratory experiences, mandatory for specific subjects or defined by elective courses, by elements of business culture provided through seminars, lectures and internships at companies, by adequate knowledge of the specific vocabulary and terminology in English language, promoted both by the provision of several courses in English, by the use of educational material in English, by the preparation of written and oral final tests in English. Educational activities will culminate in the development of an original thesis work, described in a paper on a multidisciplinary theme, demonstrating the candidate’s mastery of the topics, ability to operate autonomously as well as a good level of ability to tackle a problem and implement the solution. The proposed courses aim to build the skills of the Biomaterial Engineer through class specific and related activities that will allow the student to undertake differentiated training courses targeted towards specific working areas in the biomedical and biotechnological, pharmaceutical, medical, manufacturing, and agri-food sectors.
Professional opportunities
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Profile: Biomaterials Engineer Functions: 2nd cycle graduates in Biomaterials engineering performs the typical functions of a materials engineer. In particular, in a working context, they have particular importance in companies dealing with the preparation, processing and realization of objects and in general with the transformation from the material to the object with particular reference to biomaterials. Graduates in Biomaterial Engineering evaluate the relationships between properties, structure and processing, to propose the necessary corrections on the process to obtain the required characteristics by a specific application, with respect, in particular, to the management, processing, optimization of objects, processes and artefacts involving biomaterials. The theoretical-scientific aspects provided by the specific subjects characterizing the fields of Physics and Chemistry will enable them to have an understanding of the intimate structures of materials, while those of the field of Engineering as well as related subjects will provide the skills to intervene on the variables and process parameters for the preparation of artifacts and devices or even just metamaterials for subsequent applications. Biomaterial Engineers is also to implement basic and applied research activities, aimed at the development of new biomaterials and of the relevant transformation processes. For this reason, the professional profile fits perfectly not only in industrial activities, but also in workplaces such as scientific and technological research laboratories and quality control laboratories. Skills: The skills of the Biomaterial Engineer include: -innovation and development of production, advanced design, planning and programming, management of complex systems and the qualification and diagnostics of materials - definition of strategies for maintaining the performance of the material - management of applied research and device development activities - design and engineering of materials for the realization of specifics - determination of the property-structure-morphology-processing relationships and related applications in the transformation processes of matter - resolution of complex problems related to the design of materials starting from molecular structures and then continuing with the implementation of experimentation plans, prototypes and, finally, industrial process scalability. Professional opportunities: The Biomaterial Engineer knows the theoretical and basic aspects of Physics and Chemistry, closely integrated with those applied to the disciplines of Engineering and therefore proposes itself to the labour market as a versatile professional with high potential. The training received enables graduates to enter the labour market with scientific skills, to be spent in research and quality control institutions, but also to easily integrate into the industry of production and transformation of biomaterials. More specifically, in the manufacturing transformation and development of metal, polymeric, ceramic, glass, composite and nanocomposite biomaterials. Furthermore, graduates in Biomaterial Engineering will be able to fit in production activities including: the innovation and development of biomaterial transformation; the management of complex systems; the diagnostics on biomaterials. The occupational fields of the Biomaterials Engineer include companies in the following sectors: - Medical - Biotechnology - Pharmacological - Chemical - Manufacturing - Packaging - Agriculture in addition to all companies involved in the transformation of biomaterials into semi-finished products, public and certification bodies, quality control laboratories as well as research institutions.
Final examination features
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The final examination consists of the public discussion of an original experimental dissertation prepared under the guidance of a supervisor. The public discussion is held in front of a Board of Professors of the Course, chosen in accordance with the University and Course educational regulations in force. Candidates must demonstrate their command of the issues they deal with, as well as the capability of working in autonomy and in an original way and the capability of communicating effectively the results of their activity. The dissertation topic and the supervising professor are assigned by the Board of the Degree Course, taking into account the candidates’ proposals and the availability of supervising professors, as per the course educational regulations. Passing the above described final examination brings to the attribution of number of credits in a range from 18 to 30 credits. The thesis might be written and discussed in Italian, English or in another European Union language.


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Teachings first year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
17379 - PHYSICS OF MATTER course specifications PRINCIPATO (RU) 6.0 1 V B FIS/03
17924 - CONSTITUTIVE MODELS FOR BIO/NANOMATERIALS(*) course specifications ZINGALES (PA) 12.0 1 V B ICAR/08
19622 - POLYMERIC-BASED BIOMATERIALS AND COMPOSITES - INTEGRATED COURSE course specifications DINTCHEVA (PA) 15.0 1 V
PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES OF POLYMERIC BIOMATERIALS(*) DINTCHEVA (PA) 9.0 B ING-IND/22
COMPOSITE AND NANO-COMPOSITE BIOMATERIALS FIORE (RD) 6.0 B ING-IND/22
19624 - TRANSPORT PHENOMENA FOR BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS(*) course specifications BRUCATO (PO) 6.0 1 V C ING-IND/34
19625 - SURFACE CHEMISTRY course specifications PIGNATARO (PO) 6.0 2 V B CHIM/02
19626 - CORROSION IN BIOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENTS(*) course specifications SANTAMARIA (PO) 6.0 2 V C ING-IND/23
Optional subjects 6.0 B
Optional subjects II 6.0 C


Teachings second year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
06634 - INTERNSHIP 6.0 1 G F
05917 - FINAL EXAMINATION 24.0 2 G E
17947 - MATERIALS AND PROCESSING FOR TISSUE ENGINEERING(*) course specifications LA CARRUBBA (PA) 6.0 2 V B ING-IND/22
19628 - BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIOS OF BIO- AND NANO-MATERIALS course specifications SCAFFARO (PO) 9.0 2 V B ING-IND/22
Free subjects (suggested) 12.0 D


Elective activities

Free subjects (suggested) credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
19623 - NANOPARTICLES SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION course specifications CHILLURA MARTINO (PA) 6.0 2 V D CHIM/02


Optional subjects II credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
17368 - FUNCTIONALISATION OF MATERIALS FOR BIOMEDICAL USAGE course specifications CAVALLARO (PO) 6.0 1 V C CHIM/09
19619 - BIOMEDICAL DEVICE DESIGN course specifications CATANIA (RD) 6.0 1 V C ICAR/13
19620 - INNOVATIVE BIOMATERIALS FOR MICROBIAL BIOTECHNOLOGIES course specifications GALLO (RD) 6.0 2 V C BIO/19
19621 - QUICK PROTOTYPING PROCESSES course specifications MASNATA (PA) 6.0 2 V C ING-IND/16


Optional subjects credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
18502 - BIOMATERIALS FOR FOOD PACKAGING course specifications BOTTA (RD) 6.0 1 V B ING-IND/22
19627 - BIOMATERIALS FOR BIO-MASSESS ENHANCEMENT course specifications MARCI' (PA) 6.0 2 V B CHIM/07


Explaination
Term Term/Semester
Val. Valutation: V = mark in 30/30, G = note
(*) Teaching attended in english
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