2023-2024 / CHIM9254-1

Practice of natural product chemistry


3h Th, 35h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in bioengineering : chemistry and bio-industries (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Aurore Richel

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course is centered on the thorough study of one or several natural products included in a biological matrix. The main objective of this course is to increase knowledge in organic analysis (extraction processes, purification and identification of natural molecules), in chromatographic and spectroscopic methods.
This course is centered on the achievement of a group work in the laboratory and relies on the following steps: 1- Definition of the research project 2- Up-to-date bibliographic search (state of the art) 3- Preparation of the working strategy and main tasks (oral presentation in english) 4- Realisation of the project in the laboratory 5- Drafting of a synthetic report on the project and the results obtained

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

How to use synergically the extraction, purification and identification (physical as well as chemical) techniques of organic molecules contained in complex biological matrixes. After completing the course the student is expected to - to present a research project - to carry out the project at the laboratory - to use, in synergistic manner, the techniques of extraction, purification and identification of organic compounds - to identify organic molecules contained in complex biological matrices

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

-- CHIM 9245-1 - Chromatographic analysis
--CHIM0718-1 - Biological chemistry and corresponding processes engineering

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This course is based on the PBL ("Problem-Based Learning") learning method mainly in laboratory.  For security reasons, access to the laboratory is authorized only for Students with a lab coat, their safety glasses and in order of registration. Glasses should be worn when handling.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Practical Works : 44h (+4h discussion and presentation of the results)

Recommended or required readings

Papers in International Journals; bibliography available at the library 

Exam(s) in session

May-June exam session

- In-person

oral exam

August-September exam session

- In-person

written exam

Additional information:

Additional information:

Personal report presented in english at the end of the lessons (100%). 

Attendance at ALL laboratory sessions is mandatory.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

For the realisation of the laboratory work, all the equipment of the Biomass and Green Technologies Lab is at the disposal of the students.


Prof. Aurore Richel

Dr. Manon Genva


Association of one or more MOOCs

The MOOC entitled 'Biomasse et chimie verte (R1)' is associated with this course.

Items online

Les articles nécessaires à l'exécution des projets sont:- disponibles sur e-campus pour les articles de référence "chimie verte" (requis pour le cours hybride) - disponibles sur les moteurs de recherche conventionnels