Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Recovery and purification of biological products

Overall Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the downstream processing and recovery of products from bio-processes of various kinds, including pharmaceutical, technical, food and bio-based chemical industries.

Learning Objectives

  • Arrange unit operations into an appropriate sequence for the recovery of a given type of biological product.
  • Clarify the interplay between upstream and downstream processes.
  • Argue the need for bio-intensification.
  • Apply use of hybrid and integrated processes
  • Apply the principles for the recovery of small-molecules
  • Apply the principles for the recovery of monoclonal antibodies
  • Apply the principles for the recovery of enzymes
  • Apply the principles for the recovery of human growth hormone

Course Content

General introduction to industrial downstream processing form bio-processes. Principles of process design and development of downstream processing strategies. Effect of fermentation on downstream processing (upstream versus downstream). Separation principles and their effectiveness.

Recommended prerequisites

Chemistry/Chemical engineering/Biotech. bachelor or equivalent

Teaching Method

Lectures and exercises


The quiz, which is considered an assignment, will take place on the last day of the course (week 13) during the lecture and not on the official date of the exam (as it is not an exam). So attendance to the last lecture of the course is mandatory.

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13 weeks


Chemical Engineering


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 28233
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Mon 13-17

7.500,00 DKK