Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Experimental fermentation technology

Overall Course Objectives

To provide the students practical experience with the experimental biotechnological work in microbiology and fermentation technology. This is achieved by allowing the students to perform various types of fermentation processes and correlating the results with data sets obtained from research literature.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate quantitative physiology in batch and chemostat experiments in silico.
  • Proliferate microbial strains and perform aseptic work at different scales (shake flasks and bioreactors) in a laboratory.
  • Perform laboratory scale fermentations and evaluate their results.
  • Gain practical experience with setting up bioreactors and related measuring instruments.
  • Apply on and off-line measurements to monitor and control fermentation processes.
  • Couple theoretical knowledge of yield coefficients with practical experiments and gain experience in developing and rely on carbon balances.
  • Communicate about the essential findings and conclusions for completed fermentations.
  • Complete a technical report that evaluates information from scientific literature combined with the processing of own data.

Course Content

Sterilization techniques, storage of microorganisms, inoculation and propagation. Set up and preparation of bioreactors. Growth experiments in bioreactors. Growth parameters and mass balances from experimental data. Theoretical exercises that include design and optimization of the different types of fermentation processes (batch and chemostat).

Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge and understanding of fundamental fermentation technology and biotechnological products produced by microorganisms. Knowledge of the basic quantitative elements, the scientific background and the general principles of biotechnological processes.

Teaching Method

Lectures, group assignments and mandatory laboratory exercises



The course is only available for students enrolled as a BSc student in Biotechnology or Life Science Engineering.

Limited number of seats

Maximum: 60.

Please be aware that this course has a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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3 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 27035
Course type Bachelor
Semester start Week 23
Semester end Week 26
Days Mon-fri 8:00-17:00

7.500,00 DKK

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