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For more information contact Ruud Heshof or Karin Struijs via info@hanbiocentre.nl, or:  

info@han.nl | T 31 (0)24 35 30 500 from 09.00 to 16.30 | www.han.nl

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BioRefinery is a hands-on exchange course which will run in Semester 1 (September-January) and Semester 2 (February - July) at the HAN BioCentre which is part of the Institute of Applied Biosciences and Chemistry of the HAN University of Applied Sciences. After having obtained the theoretical background, you will work on a real research project in the field of the biobased economy. 

The project you will participate in is run by HAN BioCentre in Nijmegen. HAN BioCentre is a contract research organisation that works on actual projects from the field. Your project will be based on one of the following fascinating lines of research:

  1. Development of a biorefinery-toolbox.
  2. Production of microbial oil as a source of sustainable energy.
  3. Discovery and development of enzymes for the biobased economy.  

Students will be placed in a project in one of the three lines of research in accordance with their personal background and if possible preferences and the current projects.

Preliminary to the project, you will gain in-depth theoretical knowledge through lectures and study, and practical experience in the lab. You will always be supervised by an experienced researcher. Students attend project meetings to gain experience in presenting and reporting. Depending on the number of students and current projects, you will team up with students of other disciplines. In this way, a team of a biological and chemical student works on the same project.


The course will include the following topics:

  • Biobased economy
  • Biorefinery
  • Fermentation technology
  • Downstream process control
  • Separation technology
  • Analytical chemistry
  • weeks 6-19 research on a topic of your choice
  • week 20: final reports and presentation

Full details in www.hanbiocentre.nl

Type of exchange course

  • This is a block exchange course. It is offered twice a year in a block during semester 1 and 2 (September-January and February-July).
  • This is also a specialisation exchange course. This means it enables you to further deepen your skills and knowledge within your own profession (professional profile).

The learning outcomes and competences below will help you decide whether this exchange course matches your personal goals.

On completion of this course, you will be able to carry out extensive research, generate data, interpret and report results and conduct follow-up research.

You will also be able to work with state-of-the-art equipment in order to carry out bio-technological production processes.

You will gain initial business experience in biobased economy and research on sustainability issues


  • Clarifying research questions
  • Developing and conducting experiments
  • Analysing results
  • Reporting and presenting results
  • Managing and administrating your own research project

This course aims at biological chemistry and analytical chemistry students. An exchange course will be of most benefit to you if it complements your laboratory study programme and/or your professional profile, is at an appropriate level and does not overlap with your major. 

For whom?
Undergraduate students in Biochemistry, Analytical chemistry and Life Sciences

Admission requirements
You have successfully completed all 1st-year and 2nd-year biochemistry / analytical chemistry subjects.

  • A maximum of 12 students can participate in this exchange course
  • A minimum of 4 students are required for the exchange course minor to be offered
  • A maximum of 8 non-HAN students may participate

In case there are less than 4 students who want to participate the content of the exchange course will change: the lectures are replaced by literature assignments. You will still participate in a research project. In this situation the programme differs slightly from the description given above, therefore you will participate in the research minor. For more information contact Karin Struijs or Ruud Heshof via info@hanbiocentre.nl.


During this exchange course your performance will be assessed in the following ways:

  • Theory exam in week 5
  • Desk study report in week 5
  • Presentations in week 20
  • End report in week 20
  • Practical performance in week 20

This exchange course has the following schedule and learning activities:


This exchange course is offered twice a year in a block during semester 1 and 2 (September-January and February-July) in Nijmegen.

The lectures and lab practicals will take place Monday to Friday from 8:30 – 17:00.

  • Week 1: General introduction and biobased economy
  • Week 2: Downstream process control lectures and practical component
  • Week 3: Fermentation technology lectures and practical component
  • Week 4: Desk study in various biobased economy research topics
  • Week 5: Theoretical exam & hand in desk study report
  • Week 6-19: Project (research on specific topic - individual or pairs)
  • Week 20: Final reports and final presentations

Learning activities

  • Theory classes
  • Lab practicals
  • Project assignments
  • Literature review
  • Report writing
  • Presentation skills

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