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Course unit, curriculum year 2023–2024

Bioceramics and Their Clinical Applications, 5 cr

Tampere University
Teaching periods
Active in period 1 (1.8.2023–22.10.2023)
Active in period 2 (23.10.2023–31.12.2023)
Active in period 3 (1.1.2024–3.3.2024)
Active in period 4 (4.3.2024–31.5.2024)
Course code
Language of instruction
Academic years
2021–2022, 2022–2023, 2023–2024
Level of study
Advanced studies
Grading scale
General scale, 0-5
Persons responsible
Responsible teacher:
Jonathan Massera
Responsible organisation
Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology 100 %
Coordinating organisation
MET Studies 100 %
Common learning outcomes
International outlook and global responsibility
Core content
  • The structure and mechanical properties of bioceramics.
  • Biological interactions of bioceramics with the body.
  • Fabrication of bioceramics.
  • Analysis methods of bioceramics.
  • Examples of different types of bioceramics and their clinical applications.
  • Bioceramics in dental implant
  • Bioceramics in cancer treatment
Complementary knowledge
  • The effect of crystalline and amorphous structures on the bioceramics bioactivity. The limitations of bioceramics mechanical properties in their possible clinical applications.
  • How the bioactivity of certain glasses is based on the basic chemistry and reaction pathways.
  • The factors that have to be considered when manufacturing bioactive ceramic coatings or bioactive glasses.
  • The chemistry of bioactive ceramics in in vitro studies. The composition of simulated body fluid.
  • Different bioactive ceramics classifications based on their bioactivity.
  • action of bioceramics on teeth sensitivity and fluoroapatite formation
  • Biocermics as drug delivery system. Bioceramics can be tailored to favor cancer prognosis
Specialist knowledge
  • How to control the bioactivity of bioceramics.
  • How different locations in the body affect the chemistry of bioactive glasses. Differences in chemistry of different bioactive glass products; monoliths, fibers, porous materials, fine powders, etc.
  • The benefits and problems of melt derived bioactive glasses and sol-gel derived bioactive glasses.
  • The limitations of bioactive ceramics in "in vitro" studying compared to "in vivo" studying. The formation of bond between bioactive ceramic and host bone.
  • Why bioactive glasses show bioactivity? The meaning of Silica in bioactive ceramics.
  • how bioactive glass can regenrate enamel?
  • Bioceramics and radiotherapy
Learning outcomes
Compulsory prerequisites
Further information
Learning material
Studies that include this course
Completion option 1
Pass the exam (grade at leats 1) AND present the group work/report
Completion of all options is required.

Participation in teaching

16.10.2023 10.12.2023
Active in period 1 (1.8.2023–22.10.2023)
Active in period 2 (23.10.2023–31.12.2023)


14.12.2023 14.12.2023
Active in period 2 (23.10.2023–31.12.2023)
24.01.2024 24.01.2024
Active in period 3 (1.1.2024–3.3.2024)
20.03.2024 20.03.2024
Active in period 4 (4.3.2024–31.5.2024)