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10.442 / 10.542 Biochemical Engineering, Spring 2005

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.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features a complete set of assignments, an extensive list of readings, and a sample of study materials.

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.


Prof. Kristala Jones Prather

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session


Undergraduate / Graduate


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