Sustainable Chemistry and Biotechnology


About this minor

The minor Sustainable Chemistry and Biotechnology aims to make students aware of the major sustainability issues that must be addressed in the next generation. The activity of human beings is draining natural resources because of the non-circular way of living. Energy use and production of food and other products lead to loss of biodiversity, climate change and pollution of land, oceans and atmosphere. In solving these issues, nature can be a great source of inspiration, because most natural processes are circular. Many of the underlying questions that need to be addressed are in the realms of chemistry, biology, chemical engineering and biotechnology. Thus, this minor introduces students to the concepts of sustainability from a (bio)chemical point of view.

This LDE minor is a joint effort of the departments Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering at TU Delft and the Institute of Chemistry at Leiden University, and includes guest lectures from specialists in the field.

The minor consists of three courses in each period, and a group project running the whole semester. The first period starts off with the three-week course Anthropocene: The Planet of Man, which serves as an introduction into the subject as well as for building a community of students. This course is followed by two theoretical courses and the start of the group project. The second period offers again two theoretical courses, a series of guest lectures, and the larger part of the group project.

Educational forms comprise a mix of lectures, seminars, guest lectures, and group work, and will take place at both universities.

Good to know

More information can be found on the minor website.

Timetables will be published on MyTimeTable in June. Please note that this is a full-time minor running the whole first semester.

The minor Sustainable Chemistry and Biotechnology shares the same Board of Examiners as the BSc Life Science and Technology - Chair: Hagedoorn, P.L. (Peter Leon), Administrative secretary: Vrieling, drs. A.C. (Astrid)

If you have any questions, please contact the education coordinator of the minor:

Required prior knowledge

Students of the bachelors LST, MST, Biology, BFW and Nanobiology are automatically admissable to this minor.

Given the chemical nature of the topics, without a good basic knowledge of chemistry of the students, the required level cannot be reached. Entrance levels have been formulated:

  • Academic bachelor’s students in the natural sciences that teach chemistry at least as supporting subject can enter the minor.
  • HBO bachelor’s students in Chemistry who have completed all courses of the first three years can participate.

The admission committee will decide on admission in other cases on an individual basis. A maximum of 60 students can be admitted. If there are fewer than 15 students, the minor will be cancelled. Selection criteria:

  • LDE students who are eligible for automatic admission are admitted in the order of registration;
  • LDE students have preference over students from other universities;
  • Academic students have preferences over HBO students;
  • Students that are not automatically eligible can be admitted by the admission committee only before half May.

Link to more information

  • Credits
    ECTS 30
  • Level
  • Selection minor
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  • Start date

    1 September 2024

    • Ends
      2 February 2025
    • Term *
      Minor semester 1
    • Location
      Delft & Leiden
    • Instruction language
    Enrolment period closed
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