You need to activate javascript for this site.
Menu Conteúdo Rodapé
  1. Home
  2. Courses
  3. Biochemistry
  4. Industrial Biotechnology

Industrial Biotechnology

Code 8441
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload PL(30H)/T(30H)
Scientific area Biochemistry
Entry requirements Not applicable.
Mode of delivery Face to face
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes This course aims to provide students with a set of interdisciplinary knowledge in areas such as microbiology, immobilization of enzymes and cells in bioreactors, food and environmental biotechnology; pulp and paper biotechnology and bio-processing of textile polymers.
At the end of the course students should be able to:
-Apply knowledge in microbiology to different anthropogenic activities associated with the industry.
-Develop skills in the field of industrial biotechnology in order to apply biotechnological tools in areas such as biocatalysis, food biotechnology, environmental biotechnology, textil and pulp and paper industry;
-Understand the present (being implemented) and future (in development) applications of enzymes and processes in the textile and paper industry;
-Develop the ability to use knowledge as a tool of interpretation and intervention in specific situations.
Syllabus Microbiology Applied to Industrial Processes: Characteristics and growth of microorganisms under controlled conditions. Main products of industrial microbiology. * Immobilization of enzymes and cells in bioreactors: Methods for enzymatic and cell immobilization: properties. Immobilization effects in terms of kinetics parameters and mass transfer behavior. Bioreactors for immobilization. Solid state fermentation.* Food Biotechnology: Case study: the production of wine, the dairy industry and the new food * Environmental Biotechnology: Aerobic and anaerobic bioreactors. Activated slugde bioreactors: plug-flow and CSTR. Case study. Solid waste: WWTP slugde treatment. Exercises. Biotechnology in the pulp and paper: microorganisms and enzymes involved in modifying the fibers and the process control. * Bio-processing textile polymers: Application of enzymes in the processing of synthetic polymer fibers and to protein fibers and cellulosic material. Applications in biomedical and toiletries.
Main Bibliography 1. Main: “Biotecnologia: Fundamentos e Aplicações”, (Edts.) N. Lima, M. Mota, LIDEL.¤“Reactores Biológicos: Fundamentos e Aplicações”, M. M. Fonseca, J. A. Teixeira, Edt. LIDEL.¤ Harayama, S. (2000). Environmental Biotechnology. Curr. Opin. Biotechnol., 12:229-230.¤ Winter, J. (2000). Environmental Processes I: Wastewater Treatment In: Biotechnology, volume 11a, 2nd Edition, Edited by Rehm and Reed in cooperation with Püler and Stadler, WILEY-VCH. ¤Viikari, L., Lantto, R. (eds.), “Biotechnology in the Pulp and Paper Industry”, Progress in Biotechnology Series, vol. 21, Elsevier Science, 2002.¤ Eriksson, K.-E.L. (ed.), “Biotechnology in the Pulp and Paper Industry”, Springer Verlag, 1997. ¤ Eriksson, K.E.L., Cavaco-Paulo, A. (eds), “Enzyme Applications in Fiber Processing”, ACS Symposium Series, U.S.A., 1998.¤ A. Cavaco-Paulo, G.M. Guebitz. Textile processing with enzymes. Woodhead Publishing, 2003.
2. Supplementary: Aulas on-line:

Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-06-16

The cookies used in this website do not collect personal information that helps to identify you. By continuing you agree to the cookie policy.