Course syllabus

Biokemisk reaktionsteknik
Biochemical Reaction Engineering

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

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board C
Date of Decision: 2016-04-12

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


Development of new biotechnical processes requires analysis of the microbial metabolism as well as the bioreactor. The aim of this course is to provide the student with understanding and skills to enable them to analyse a biotechnical process in a quantitative fashion. This will provide the basis for 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.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination. Assignments.

Code: 0198. Name: Theory.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam
Code: 0298. Name: Calculation Assignment.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: written report


Required prior knowledge: Basic biochemistry (e.g. KBK011), Reaction engineering (e.g. KETF25 or KTE170) and linear algebra (e.g. FMAA20)
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Gunnar Lidén,
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