Course syllabus

Hållbar kemi och bioteknik
Sustainable Chemistry and Biotechnology

KBTF06, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2021/22
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED B/K
Date of Decision: 2021-04-14

General Information

Main field: Biotechnology.
Compulsory for: MBIO1
Elective for: B4, MLIV1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


What is “Sustainable Chemistry”? – chemicals be produced in an environmental firendly way? How can we connect development of new processes to Agenda 2030 and the principles of "Green Chemistry"?

Can Biotechnology (enzymes, microorganisms)be utilized and developed to create more environmental friendly chemicals or chemical industry ?

This course will provide you with information on production/use of chemicals from a sustainable perspective, by giving knowledge on how to select alternatives and evaluate the sustainability of the different alternatives.

The role of Biotechnology in creating more environmental friendly processing will be discussed.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

- understand principles of importance for sustainable development, and relate to e.g. Agenda 2030 and the concept "Green chemistry"

- have knowledge on the potential of biotechnology in the field.

- have insights in possible effects of chemicals/ chemical processes on the environment

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

- do a written assignment in a selected topic related to sustainable product/process - development, e.g. as a simple life-cycle assessment (LCA).

- present a topic of relevance in an oral seminar and make slides for the presentation

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

- be able to analyse and present conclusions from written material in the topic.

- be able to question / formulate questions on sustainable development by biotechnology.


The course is composed of lectures, a seminar, and an assignment.

Lecture themes:

Sustainable chemistry via biotechnological development- Concepts and principles, Biotech/chemical Processes - Sustainable processes, rules/recommendations using chemicals, Raw materials, Waste / Waste handling, Catalysis / Biocatalysis, Choice of solvents, Industrial "white" biotechnology, Biorefining processes, Biobased production of energy carriers, Process assessment (LCA)/Product evaluation (biodegradation/tox.analysis), Chemistry and sustainable development

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written exam, orally presented and a written assignment.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0121. Name: Written Exam.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam
Code: 0221. Name: Assignment.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written assignment in the field, and oral presentation of literature task.


The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: KBTF05, KBTF01

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Eva Nordberg-Karlsson,
Course coordinator: Javier Linares-Pastén,
Course coordinator: Docent Sang-Hyun Pyo,
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