Sustainable Production of Biochemicals


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge gained in Biomass conversion, Biomolecules and Biochemistry I or similar

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

  • Introduction to material use and resources, environmental aspects and biomass as material resources
  • Definition, types, accessibility and characteristics of raw materials for biochemicals production
  • Microbial conversion of biomass and microbial metabolism related to specific biochemicals production
  • Different pretreatment methods in relation to biomass and biochemicals production
  • Laboratory scale experiments on microbial production of biochemicals
  • Analyses of substrates, intermediate and end products and calculation of yields and productivity of biochemicals production

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge about current and potential possibilities to replace fossil-based chemicals by biochemicals through sustainable biotechnological processes
  • Can account for the potential of biomass as a renewable resource for chemical production
  • Can explain how different biochemicals can be produced by microorganisms
  • Can account for different pretreatment methods in relation to different types of biomass and bioproducts


  • Can suggest a suitable pretreatment and microbial process for the production of biochemicals from a specific biomass
  • Can design and perform simple laboratory-scale fermentations with a pure microbial culture
  • Can analyze substrates, intermediates and end products, derive significant information from experimental data and calculate yields and production rates for the production of biochemicals


  • Can evaluate the efficiency of the production of a specific biochemical based upon experimental data

Type of instruction

  • Project work

Extent and expected workload

450 hours



Name of examSustainable Production of Biochemicals
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies

Facts about the module

Danish titleBƦredygtig produktion af biokemikalier
Module codeK-BBT-B3-13
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science