Course syllabus

Separationsprocesser i bioteknik
Downstream Processing in Biotechnology

KBTN05, 7,5 credits, A (Second 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.
Main field: Food Technology and Nutrition.
Elective Compulsory for: MBIO1
Elective for: B4-pt, K5-p, MLIV2, W5-p, MLAK1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


Reactions decide whether a process is possible or not, whereas separation processes decide whether a process is profitable or not. Selection and proper design of unit operations also have great impact on yield and product purity. Separation processes are therefore key components in pharmaceutical-, biotechnology-, food- and chemical industries.

The aim of the course is to

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Bioproducts and raw materials, unit operations used in downstream processing, product and purity analysis, bioprocess design and economy, gene technology to facilitate product purification, integration of product recovery with production process, good manufacturing practice related to downstream processing

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written examination, written report and oral presentation of projects, and compulsory participation in laboratory exercises

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: 0117. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 3,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination
Code: 0217. Name: Compulsory Assignments.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written and oral examination of Projects.
Code: 0317. Name: Laboratory Work.
Credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Laboratory Work


Admission requirements:

Assumed prior knowledge: KETF10 Separation Processes or KETF40/KTE170 Mass Transfer in Environmental Engineering
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: KBT060

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Rajni Hatti Kaul,
Course coordinator: Frank Lipnizki,