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If you want to enroll in this exchange course, besides applying through Kies op Maat, make sure that you also sent an application e-mail to info@hanbiocentre.nl as well.

For content information:
Karin Struijs
E-mail: info@hanbiocentre.nl

For more information:
ask@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 School 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 organization that works on actual projects from the field and collaborates actively with a broad range of companies. Your project will be based on one of the following fascinating lines of research:

  1. Development of a biorefinery processes.
  2. Production of microbial oil and other platform chemicals by fermentation.
  3. Discovery and development of enzymes for the biobased economy.  

The topic you will work on is based on the availability of topic within the lines of research but also personal background and, if possible, preferences will be taken into account. For more information about the current projects of the HAN BioCentre, see www.hanbiocentre@han.nl.

Preliminary to the project, you will gain in-depth theoretical knowledge through lectures, assignments and self-study, and practical experience in the lab. During the project, you will 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
  • Biomolecules
  • Fermentation technology
  • Extraction, separation and downstream processes
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Socio-economical aspects of the biobased economy



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 specialization 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 in the field of the biobased economy and biorefinery.

You will get acquainted with all the aspects of biorefinery including technical and the economical aspects of biorefinery in the biobased economy and the concept of life cycle analysis.


  • 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. 

You are eligible for enrollment in the minor Biorefinery if you have obtained:

- 60 credit point in the first year

- 40 credit points or more in the second year

- successfully completed all practical courses of the second year.

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 10 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. For more information contact Karin Struijs via info@hanbiocentre.nl.


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

  • Theory exam
  • Literature report
  • Presentation
  • End report
  • Practical performance

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 1-6: Lectures on the following topics:

  • General introduction and biobased economy
  • Downstream process control lectures and practical component
  • Fermentation technology lectures and practical component
  • Desk study/Literature study on various biobased economy research topics
  • Week 5 or 6: Theoretical exam & hand in desk study report

Week 6-19: Project (research on specific topic - individual or pairs)

  • Week 7: Start project; Workplan
  • Week 20: Final reports and final presentations

Learning activities

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

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