Biochemical Engineering
Spring 2008

10:50AM - 12:05PM TR GRB W212


Instructor:     Ka-Yiu San            200K GRB, ext 5361

Meeting Time:  GRB W212, 10:50-12:05 Tuesday and Thursday

Office Hours:  by appointment


TAs:                Ryan Schweller

TA Hours:      by appointment

Tutorial:        To be announced

Tentative List of Topics

  1. Introduction; general enzyme and cell growth kinetics, mixed cultures
  2. Immobilized enzymes and cells
  3. Energetics, overall equations, design equations for basic bioreactors
  4. Instrumentation and control
  5. Modeling strategies and advanced models
  6. Biotechnology and recombinant DNA technology
  7. Kinetics and models in molecular-biological process
  8. Mass and heat transfer, aeration and mixing in bioreactors
  9. Separations in biotechnology


Textbook (Highly recommended)

H.W. Blanch and D.S. Clark, Biochemical Engineering, Marcel Dekker, New York, 1998.


Reference in library reserve

J. E. Bailey and D. Ollis, Biochemical Engineering Fundamentals, Second Edition, McGraw Hill, New York, 1986.


Course Organization

Homework (35%), term paper# (25%), exam I (20%) and exam II (20%)

# presentation of term paper during last two weeks of classes (5%) 


Honor Code Policy

            Students are encouraged to talk to each other, the teaching assistants, the instructors, or anyone else about any assignment in the course that is not specifically designated as pledged.  This assistance is limited to the discussion of the problem and perhaps sketching of a solution.  Students must complete their own work. 



 Any student with a disability requiring accommodations in this class is encouraged to contact the instructor after class or during office hours. Additionally, students should contact the Coordinator for Disabled Student Services in the RMC Cloisters.