Biochemical Engineering

Bioreactor used in the production of drugs.

Bioreactors like the one pictured here are used in the production of drugs by purifying them using microscopic spheres that serve as sophisticated filters. (Photo by Bio-Rad Laboratories, courtesy of the National Science Foundation.)


MIT Course Number

10.442 / 10.542

As Taught In

Spring 2005


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

This course focuses on the interaction of chemical engineering, biochemistry, and microbiology. Mathematical representations of microbial systems are featured among lecture topics. Kinetics of growth, death, and metabolism are also covered. Continuous fermentation, agitation, mass transfer, and scale-up in fermentation systems, and enzyme technology round out the subject material.

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Kristala Jones Prather. 10.442 Biochemical Engineering. Spring 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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