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Basic Biotechnology

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Course ID: 1200-1ELBIOW5 Erasmus code / ISCED: 13.3 / (0531) Chemistry
Course title: Basic Biotechnology Name in Polish: Elementy biotechnologii
Department: Faculty of Chemistry
Course groups: (in Polish) Przedmioty minimum programowego - zamienniki dla studentów 5-go semestru (S1-CH)
Course homepage:
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 3.00
Language: Polish
Main fields of studies for MISMaP:


Type of course:

obligatory courses

Prerequisites (description):

Courses and practical courses in organic chemistry and physical chemistry.


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Short description:

Basic industrial biotechnology: students attending the course will get background information in chemical technology, biotechnology, chemical and biochemical engineering, according to description of the course.

Full description:

Basic rules of chemical technology and description of biochemical technologies. Catalysis and biocatalysis in industry. Characterization of industrial microorganisms – their modification, isolation, selection. Biological sources of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen. Sources of energy. Development of technological process. Biocatalyst immobilization and performance. Measurement and control of industrial chemical and biochemical processes. Bioreactors – design features and principles of sterile operation. Upstream and downstream process in biotechnology. Heat and mass transfer in chemical and biochemical industry. Industrial techniques of separation, concentration and purification of bioproducts.

Practical applications: production of ethanol, organic acids, aminoacids, and enzymes. Biotransformations and synthesis of chemicals using enzymes. Antibiotics, antisera, vaccines. Biometallurgy and environmental biotechnology. Renewable sources of energy – biomass, biofuel and biodiesel. Basics of industrial processes economics and design. Patents. Biotech companies. Bioethics.



[1] K. Szewczyk: „Technologia biochemiczna”, Wydawnictwa Politechniki Warszawskiej 1997.

[2] „Podstawy biotechnologii przemysłowej”, praca zbiorowa pod red. W. Bednarskiego i J. Fiedurka, WNT, Warszawa 2007.

[3] Aiba, Humprey, Millis: „Inżynieria biochemiczna”, WNT Warszawa 1977

[4] J. Buchowicz : „Biotechnologia molekularna”, Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, Warszawa 2007


[5] J. Kączkowski: „Podstawy Biochemii”, WNT, Warszawa

[6] Streyer L. „Biochemia”, Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, Warszawa 1997 (i wersje późniejsze)

Chemical Engineering and Technology:

[7] “Podręcznik do ćwiczeń z technologii chemicznej” praca zbiorowa pod red. T. Kasprzyckiej-Gutman., Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, Warszawa, 1996r

[8] E. Bortel, H. Koneczny: „Zarys technologii chemicznej”. Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, Warszawa 1992.

[9] E. Grzywa, J. Molenda - “Technologia podstawowych syntez organicznych”.

[10] E. Bortel, H. Koneczny - Zarys technologii chemicznej.

[11] J.Kępiński - Technologia chemiczna nieorganiczna.

Learning outcomes:

Students attending the course will be able to assess the safety and economy of processes of industrial chemistry and biotechnology. Basing on the knowledge in chemical technology, biotechnology, chemical and biochemical engineering they will be able to recognize typical industrial problems and to solve them according to description of the course.

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

written examination

Practical placement:


Classes in period "Winter semester 2020/21" (past)

Time span: 2020-10-01 - 2021-01-31
Choosen plan division:

see course schedule
Type of class: Lecture, 30 hours more information
Coordinators: Grzegorz Litwinienko
Group instructors: Grzegorz Litwinienko
Students list: (inaccessible to you)
Examination: Examination

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