This course addresses factors involved in implantation of prosthetics, such as biocompatibility, hydrophobicity, films, wetting, adhesion, etc. The objective of this course is to refine and build upon each student's prior knowledge of the basic properties of fabricated plastics (polymers), metals, ceramics, and natural substances, by adding a detailed understanding of contact interactions between living and nonliving materials, and their consequences for public and environmental health. Medical and dental applications are discussed. The course uses a? lecture format:, with discussion encouraged.