SCIE5516 Materials Characterisation for Bioengineering Applications

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit introduces a variety of imaging and analytical methods used in the characterisation of materials/biomaterials and associated cells and tissue, with a particular focus toward biomedical engineering applications. It will complement the BMEG4002 Biomaterials unit. Topics are likely to include (1) imaging bulk materials and surfaces using light and electrons (light microscopy, confocal microscopy, super-resolution optical microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy); (2) crystal structure analysis using electrons and X-rays (electron diffraction, X-ray diffraction); (3) element analysis using electrons (energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, electron energy-loss spectroscopy).

Students gain insight into how these technologies are used in materials/biomaterials characterisation and to understand the interaction between these materials and living tissues. Content includes theoretical principles of the techniques, as well as practical data analysis, critique and interpretation.
Students are able to (1) explain the capabilities of key characterisation infrastructure/techniques used to analyse materials/biomaterials; (2) show how these techniques can be used to characterise the structure and composition of materials; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of x-ray, electron, and surface imaging and analysis techniques; and (4) analyse and interpret data from imaging, crystallographic and spectroscopic techniques.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) Assignment 1—data analysis and interpretation topic 1; (2) assignment 2—data analysis and interpretation topic 2; and (3) exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Martin Saunders
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation
Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hrs per week; tutorial/activity: 2 hrs per week for up to 12 weeks
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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