Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student
Understands connection between process development and process design
Can apply conceptual design, HSE and LCA principles during process development
Can participate in designing laboratory experiments and carry out process modeling and simulation from process development perspective
Knows the most relevant IPR and legislation requirements related to chemical process industries
Can calculate component mass balance for a complete plant
Can clearly present and defend a selected research topic

Credits: 5

Schedule: 02.11.2021 - 17.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Golam Sarwar, Pekka Oinas

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Basics of a process development project: contents, project group, timing
    Laboratory experiments as sources of information for modeling based process design and development
    IPR in process technology: patents, licensing, trademarks
    Principles of conceptual design
    Safety and sustainability issues in process development
    Case studies from industry
    Comprehensive calculation exercise

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures including visiting lecturers from industry
    Project work in groups focusing on a selected topic - reporting video seminar
    Assignment (calculation exercise (implementation of a process to a plant)
    Learning log

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    135 h in total
    Lectures 24 h
    Exercise 12 h
    Project work 40 h
    Other independent studying 59 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Vogel, H.G. Process Development. From the Initial Idea to the Chemical Production Plant. Wiley-WCH, Weinheim, 2005. 478 p.
    Anderson, N.G., Practical Process Research & Development, Academic Press, London, 2000. 354 p.
    Atherton, J.H., Carpenter, K.J., Process Development: Physicochemical Concepts, Oxford Science Publ. Oxford, 1999. 89 p.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    17 Partnerships for the Goals


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-II

    2021-2022 Autumn I-II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.