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6-Bioreactors

Course Code :1904FTIBRE
Study domain:Biochemistry
Academic year:2020-2021
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:60
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Iris Cornet
Marina Crols
Lennert Dockx
Waut Broos

3. Course contents *

The Bioreactors' course is part of the bioprocess engineering field. This is the application of quantifying methods to design, study and execute bioprocesses on a technical scale. These industrial bioprocesses are divided in processes in bioreactors on the one hand, and the subsequent biochemical separation techniques on the other hand. The technical design is often comparable to that of chemical processes. However, the strong interaction between design and biological-biochemical factors makes it a separate discipline.

In this course, the modelling of enzymatic and microbial bioreactions is studied. Specifically kinetics, but also mass and heat transfer phenoma in bioreactions will be dealt. Apart from the most common applied models, special attention will be paid to the modelling process and the process optimalisation. Bioprocess engineering is applied in  industrial biotechnology, environmental technology and more specifically in water purification and food industry.

The practicum consists of 2 lab sessions of 4 hours where each group will perform experiments on the oxygen tranfert parameters kLa, and on the determination of the residence time distribution in bioreactors. In 6 computer sessions of 2 hours, the student will simulate and model bioreactions in Matlab for actual applications. The student will apply these obtained skills to quantify and model the experimental data from the lab sessions.