Biomaterials & Biomechanics

For modern medicine to continue to evolve, we need clinical devices, prosthetics and biomaterials that are stronger and last longer.


Building on a history of innovation, biomaterials and biomechanics research at the University of Minnesota has led to the development of revolutionary healthcare solutions. Within our Medical School, faculty members partner with international device companies to build products for some of the most challenging conditions facing patients today. Many medical devices used in operating rooms across the country were once evaluated by University of Minnesota faculty.

Within the University’s School of Dentistry, faculty have earned a global reputation for work in the development and testing of dental materials. The Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics (MDRCBB) is a leader in this effort. The center plays a vital role in the development of novel techniques for the characterization and modeling of the performance of dental biomaterials.

Research spotlight

The School of Dentistry's mechanical mouth tests food products and dental materials by simulating the human chewing process.