Plastics in Medical Devices


Course Number: PLSM.7280

Tuition: $1,850

  • July 9-11
    Dr. Meg Sobkowicz Kline & Dr. Amy Peterson
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This seminar is designed for individuals interested in an introductory course about how polymers and plastics are used in medical devices. This will include basics of biomaterials, material selection considerations, materials testing, biocompatibility, extractables and leachables, and device sterilization. Other materials as alternatives or complements to plastics, such as metals and ceramics, will also be described.



  • Definitions and basic concepts
  • Intro biological terminology and immune response
  • Polymers and natural materials
  • Metals and ceramics
  • Interfaces and coatings
  • Biodegradation and controlled release
  • Introduction to Biomedical Devices market and applications


  • ISO 10993 and endpoints of biological evaluation
  • Extractables and leachables


  • Common methods
  • Relative advantages and disadvantages
  • Sterilization process validation

About the Instructors

Dr. Meg Sobkowicz Kline is a professor of Plastics Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She completed her bachelors of science in Chemical Engineering at Columbia University in New York. She worked as a field engineer in the petroleum industry and in the municipal water treatment industry before returning to school to complete her doctorate in renewable polymer nanocomposites. Following her graduate studies, Meg accepted a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at National Institute of Standards and Technology to research polymeric materials for photovoltaic applications. Dr. Sobkowicz Kline joined the UMass Lowell Plastics Engineering Department in 2011.

Dr. Amy Peterson is an Associate Professor of Plastics Engineering at University of Massachusetts Lowell with expertise in interfacial phenomena and additive manufacturing (AM). Her research group studies processing-structure-property relationships in polymers and polymer composites, with a focus on interfacial phenomena in multilayered systems. She received her PhD in 2011 from Drexel University, where she was an NSF IGERT and Graduate Research Fellow. She was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow while at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces 2011-2013 and was an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute 2013-2018.