Introduction to Medical and Polymer Technology

Lecturer (assistant)
Duration3 SWS
TermWintersemester 2023/24
Language of instructionEnglish
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After successful participation in the lecture "Introduction to Medical and Plastics Technology", students will have the following skills: - Understanding the interaction of the body with medical technology products such as implants - Basic knowledge of plastics production and processing - Understanding of the regulatory and economic challenges in medical and plastics technology - Understanding of technical detail solutions in the development of medical and plastic technical products - Overview of the diversity of engineering topics in medical and plastics technology, including current research topics


In the lecture "Introduction to Medical and Polymer Technology" the basics of therapeutic and diagnostic medical technology as well as the material class of polymers are presented. The aim is to give students a basic insight into the economically important sector of medical and polymer technology. The following topics, among others, will be addressed (subject to change): - Biological and medical basics for medical technology engineers - Selected examples of diagnostic and therapeutic medical technology solutions - Insights into the regulatory and economic framework of medical and polymer technology - Basics of the most important polymer processing methods (extrusion, injection molding, compounding) - Principles of polymer-compatible construction, part design and toolmaking - Test methods for polymers - Deepening of the knowledge using examples from current research at the Chair of Medical Materials and Implants

Teaching and learning methods

In the live lecture or a corresponding video lecture, the theoretical basics are taught in a structured and comprehensive manner. In addition to the lecturer's presentation, the teaching of the basics is also visually supported by videos. The presented slides as well as further information will be made available to the students online via the Moodle learning management system in order to enable them to follow up the content on their own.


Schriftliche Prüfung (90 Minuten).

Recommended literature

Bonten, C. (2020). Kunststofftechnik: Einführung und Grundlagen. Deutschland: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Company KG. Medizintechnik: Verfahren - Systeme - Informationsverarbeitung. (2016). Deutschland: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. Wintermantel, E., Ha, S. (2009). Medizintechnik: Life Science Engineering. Deutschland: Springer.