Title Credits Mandatory Syllabus
Biomaterials 4 No

Basic concepts in biomaterials. Classification of biomaterials: polymers, metals, ceramics and composites. Structure, properties, processing and applications of biomaterials. In vivo and in vitro evaluation of biomaterials. Biocompatibility and toxicology. Biomaterials testing. New trends in the use and development of biomaterials

Characterization of materials by X-ray diffraction
4 No X-ray generation. Bragg’s Law and intensities formula for diffracted beams. Equipment (powder diffractometers). Preparation of samples for collection of X-ray diffraction data. Programs for data processing. Diffraction indexing. Refining crystal structures using the Rietveld method. Determination of crystallite size and microdeformation using the Rietveld method.
Physical ceramics 4 No Structure of oxides and silicates. Defects. Balance diagrams. Atomic mobility. Surfaces, interfaces and grain contour. Sintering and its mechanisms.
Refractory ceramics 4 No Definition of refractory ceramics. Refractory types: basic, acid and amphoteric refractories. Wear factors. Phase diagrams. Resistance to thermal shock and factors that influence it. Refractory formulation and main properties. Selection and applications.
Materials science  4 Yes Chemical bonds. Atomic structure of materials. Crystalline defects. Phase balance diagram. Atomic diffusion. Deformation. Mechanical properties. Electronic properties. Thermal properties. Optical properties. Magnetic properties.
Corrosion and wear of materials 4 No Corrosion and degradation of materials. Corrosion principles. Corrosion forms. Corrosion mechanisms. Corrosion resistant coatings. Corrosion tests. Wear mechanisms. Wear-resistant materials. Plasma nitriding and carbonitriding. Wear tests.
Phase diagram 4 No Uniary systems. Isomorphic binary systems. Binary eutectic and eutetoid systems. Monotetic systems. Monotetoid systems. Metatetic systems. Congruent transformations. Peritetic, peritetoid and synthetic binary systems. Isomorphic ternary systems. Three-phase ternary balance. Cooling in equilibrium. Congruent transformations in ternary systems. Complex ternary systems.
Teaching internship 2 Yes As described in the student’s work plan.
Ceramic materials 4 No Main raw materials. Preparation of raw materials. Structure of silicates and oxides. Natural and industrial sources. Formulation of ceramic products. Characterization, properties and applications. Phase balance diagrams. Characterization and physical and colloidal properties of ceramic particles
Metallic materials 4 No Structure of metallic materials. Hardening mechanism. Stresses and strains. Elasticity and plasticity. Classification of steels. Balance diagram and phase transformations. Correlation between structure and properties. Ferrous alloys. Non-ferrous alloys. Applications.
Polymeric materials 4 No Introduction to the physical chemistry of polymers and processing of polymeric materials. Rheological behavior of polymers. Molecular mass measurements and their distribution. Crystallization and degree of crystallinity of polymers. Molecular orientation and its effects on properties. Properties and applications of general purpose and engineering plastics. Properties and applications of the main thermoplastics, elastomers and thermosets.
Research methodology 4 No Scientific methods and techniques. Research, concepts and definitions. Phases of research development: choice of theme, formulation of the problem, bibliographic review, data collection and analysis. Research communication: structure, form and content of academic works or dissertation. Standardized wording: tables, figures, abbreviations, bibliographic references. Standardization.
Nanomaterials and nanotechnology: applications in biomedicine 4 No Nanoscience and nanotechnology. Nanomaterials for the 21st century: carbon nanomaterials, inorganic nanomaterials, nanotubes, nanowires, quantum dots, dendrimers, nanoporous materials. Nanomaterials and nanotechnology applied to medicine. Nanoparticles/platforms for cancer therapy. Biosensors: cantilevers, nanotubes, nanowires, optical sensors, nanoarrays, nanoparticles. New technologies. In vivo diagnosis. Implantable materials for orthopedics and dentistry. Endoprostheses. Materials for skin treatment and regeneration. Molecular diagnosis: chips (DNA microarrays; protein microarrays). Devices for controlled release of drugs.
Processing of metallic materials 4 No Classification of manufacturing processes. Plastic forming processes: lamination, extrusion, drawing, forging, stamping and machining. Metallurgical manufacturing processes: casting, welding and powder metallurgy.
Processing of polymeric materials 4 No Physical methods of thermoplastic transformation. Processing rheology of thermoplastics. Extrusion and extrusion-based processes. Thermoforming. Calendering. Rotational molding. Injection molding. Processing of elastomers and thermosets. Surface finishing techniques for plastics. Design of matrices and molds for polymer transformation.
Processing of ceramic materials 4 No Production and conformation of powders. Liquid forming. Plastic conformation. Drying of ceramic bodies. Sintering. Critical variables in processing control. New conformation processes. Surface finishing.
Thermomechanical properties of ceramic materials 4 No Theoretical resistance of ceramic materials and stress concentration factor. Irwin and Griffith criteria. Fracture energy, thermal shock and R. curve. Weibull theory. Static fatigue and tensions. Tenacification mechanisms. Fluency in ceramics.
Techniques for characterization of materials
4 Yes Structural and morphological characterization techniques. X-ray diffraction, microscopy. Techniques for thermal characterization of materials: dilatometry, thermogravimetry, differential thermal analysis, differential scanning calorimetry. Mechanical characterization techniques. Chemical analysis. Electric-electronic characterization.
Special Topics I 4 No Variable content in the areas of concentration of the program, depending on the interests of faculty and students.
Special Topics II 4 No Variable content in the areas of concentration of the program, depending on the interests of faculty and students.
Special Topics III 4 No Variable content in the areas of concentration of the program, depending on the interests of faculty and students.
Special Topics IV 4 No Variable content in the areas of concentration of the program, depending on the interests of faculty and students.
Glass and vitroceramics 4 No History of glass. Nature of glass formation: kinetic considerations, structural considerations. Glass families. Thermal, physical and structural properties. Crystallization mechanisms and glass-ceramics. Characterization techniques. Applications of glass and glass-ceramics in everyday life and in technological development.