Course syllabus

Biokemisk reaktionsteknik
Biochemical Reaction Engineering

KTE071, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 2
Date of Decision: 2012-04-04

General Information

Main field: Biotechnology.
Compulsory for: B4-pt
Elective Compulsory for: MBIO2
Elective for: K4-p, W4-p
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The aim of the course is to provide the student with understanding and skills to enable them to analyse a biotechnical process in a quantitative fashion. The student should be able to make the quantitative analysis on the cellular as well as the reactor level. This will provide the basis for the identification of critical factors in the design and scale-up of processes in biotechnology.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


The course treats processes in biotechnology in a quantitative fashion on both the cellular and the reactor level. The following topics are covered: Metabolic reactions, stoichiometry, the C-mol concept, degree of reduction, thermodynamics in microbial systems, modelling of metabolic networks, reaction kinetics, design of biotechnical processes, mass transfer, and scale-up of biotechnical processes.

The course consists of lectures, tutorials and assignments.

A significant part of the course is allocated to quantitative problem solving. The problem solving includes both short examples and somewhat more complex problems which are dealt with by computer simulations. The written examination is focused on problem solving.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination. Assignments.

Code: 0198. Name: Biochemical Reaction Engineering.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH.
Code: 0298. Name: Calculation Assignment.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.


Required prior knowledge: KBK011, FMA420, KET045 or KTE170.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Gunnar Lidén,
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