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To provide an understanding of Biochemical Engineering as a sustainable activity concerned with the safe economic processing of biological materials and feedstocks to make products for a healthy and prosperous quality of life. Topics will cover biochemical reaction kinetics, fundamentals of enzymatic and microbial processes, reactor design principles for enzyme and fermentation systems, recovery and purification of products, sterilisation techniques.
This module builds up from EG-203 (Biochemical Engineering I) and describes more advanced topics in the production and optimisation of biological materials and processes. Optimisation methods of bioprocesses are described, and how these are exploited in the commercial situation. Topics such as mixed cultures, allosteric enzymes, genetically modified micro-organisms, biofouling and biocorrosion, specialised biological separation processes (e.g. chromatography, gel electrophoresis), biosafety, and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) are discussed in detail. The principal products of such processes are investigated to illustrate the current and future technology of these systems with an emphasis on modern biotechnology methods. The impact of the use of such techniques on quality management, safety assessment and regulatory environment are reviewed.
This module aims to give Environmental Engineering students experience in handling a complex and integrated process design. This task will require, and so reinforce, the material taught throughout the whole undergraduate course. The module provides training and working in a team environment on a major project and incorporates business skills and sustainability.
This module aims to give students experience in handling a complex and integrated engineering process design. This task will require, and so reinforce, the material taught throughout the undergraduate course and an additional amount of material from directed private study. The module provides transferable skills related to for working in a team environment on a major project.
This module aims to advance and broaden the design practices learnt at Level 3. This project will necessitate the students to adapt the design methodologies learnt previously to an unfamiliar molecule in order to generate a novel manufacturing process. The project itself requires the students to develop an innovative design for a plant to make a molecule for which no large scale production facility exists. The molecules to be produced need to be selected on the following characteristics: they should not be manufactured on a large capacity production facility (there may however be small scale production) and an outline of a manufacturing process including basic chemistry exists somewhere. The project will require the students to make choices and judgments on: the production capacity, time of operation, raw materials to use, production process, and benefit of the molecule to the company (i.e. economic, extending the knowledge base etc.). Design is a team exercise throughout and working well as a team is critical to successfully completing this project.