Biomaterials with shape memory and superelasticity
Did you know that 420,000 hip replacements and 210,000 knee replacements are implanted in Europe every year? Is there a material that can instantly heal fractures and promote the formation of bone tissue? Will there ever be intelligent prostheses that can adapt their response to the needs of the locomotor system at any given moment?
Bioengineering: a multidisciplinary science
The increase in life expectancy has brought with it a growing demand for healthcare derivatives and the emergence and development of new medical technologies. This has led to the emergence of a discipline with an enormous future, Bioengineering, which seeks to combine medical developments with the development of new materials and engineering designs.
Biomechanics, for example, studies the mechanical behaviour of the human body, identifying the behaviour of tissues and organs, as well as the interaction of the body with different types of prostheses, implants and other artificial elements.