CDP - Chemical Development and Production

The CDP team at the School of Engineering and Architecture Fribourg (HEIA-FR) develops efficient and robust syntheses of given molecules respecting economic and ecologic aspects. This includes thorough analytical work (e.g. off-line and on-line process control, product characterisation), process characterisation regarding safety and kinetics, synthetic work (route finding, route enabling and optimisation), and engineering aspects (e.g. reaction engineering, separation & purification technologies, smart process automation).


Master graduates will be able to:

  • Enable and optimise synthetic protocols stemming from the research lab. They possess the ability to search and evaluate new synthetic pathways including catalysis and green chemistry in a vision of sustainability.
  • Evaluate safety aspects of chemical processes and products.
  • Understand and apply chemical analytics, data treatment with chemometric methodologies and optimize synthetic routes by automated experimentation based on statistical design.
  • Use and develop methodologies for industrial scale-up of reactions and purification processes.
  • Establish standard operation procedures, risk analysis, and cost analysis taking in account regulatory aspects.
  • Design and implement a chemical production unit by integrating automation and process control.



Specialization modules

  Module Professor ECTS Semester Location
S01 Process Chemistry and Development Roger Marti 4 Autumn Fribourg
S03 Process Design and Optimization Michal Dabros 4 Spring Fribourg
S04 Chemical Engineering & Process Intensification Thierry Chappuis 4 Autumn Fribourg
S05 Safety, Production and Quality Véronique Breguet Mercier 4 Autumn Fribourg
S22 Analytics and Characterization Cyril Portmann 4 Spring Fribourg


Master thesis

For the academic year 2024-2025, the Master thesis is divided into two modules. Please follow the links below to access the module descriptions:

Other useful documents for the Master thesis (templates for the report, project description, intellectual property and confidentiality agreement) are available on Cyberlearn.

Note: the module Literature Review and Research Proposal (X01) is replaced by PI01 from the academic year 2024-2025 (see below). Students who have questions about this can contact mls(at)hes-so.ch.


From the academic year 2024-2025, the MLS offers the module "Interdisciplinary project". Its goal is to bring together the students from all three majors to work on a shared project. Each group is supervised by a teacher from each major. The projects will take place in part in presential in Lausanne (mainy for the kick-off meeting and the final presentations, see schedule). For the rest of the project, each group can organise its tasks, and the work can be done individually, in sub-groups or in groups, online or in presential if needed.

Students take this compulsory module during the Autumn Semester, during the first year for full-time studies, during the second year for part-time studies. Each student needs to mention a first and a second choice, and a repartition will be done to ensure a balanced distribution in terms of numbers and of majors.

The description of the module and of the three projects offered in Autumn 2024 are available below:


Central modules

Information on Central modules is available on the following page.

Cluster-specific modules

Module descriptions and further information are available on MSLS Community Centre.

  Module ECTS Semester Location
C1 Materials Science 3 Autumn Olten and online
C2 Surface Characterisation 3 Autumn Olten and online
C3 Polymers and Applications 3 Winter School Friborug
C4 Green Chemistry 3 Spring Olten and online
C5 Chemistry and Energy 3 Spring Olten and online
C6 Industrial Chemical Process Safety 3 Summer School Fribourg


Additional Offer from other Clusters

Module descriptions and further information are available on MSLS Community Centre.

  Modules ECTS Semester Location
CO1 Modelling of Complex Systems 3 Autumn Olten and online
CO2 Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition 3 Autumn Olten and online
CO3 Optimisation and Bio-Inspired Algorithms 3 Spring Olten and online
CO4  Imaging for the Life Sciences 3 Spring Olten and online
BP1 Compound Profiling in Pharmaceutical Drug Discovery 3 Autumn Olten and online
BP3 Design of Biopharmaceutical Production Facilities 3 Winter School Wädenswil



Dr. Christophe Allemann
Lecturer of Process Chemistry since 2013.
Competences in process development and process optimization, industrial chemistry, flow chemistry, catalysis and physical organic chemistry.
Dr. Véronique Breguet Mercier
Coordinator of module S05.
Dr. Pierre Brodard
Lecturer of Physical Chemistry since 2012.
Competences in reaction mechanisms, thermodynamic and kinetic safety of reactions, optical spectroscopy.
Coordinator of module C3.
Dr. Thierry Chappuis
Lecturer of Chemical Engineering since 2008.
Competences in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, chemical reaction engineering, process modeling, PAT, nanoparticle synthesis.
Coordinator of module S04.
Dr. Michal Dabros
Lecturer of Chemical Engineering since 2010.
Competences in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, Process modeling, monitoring, control and optimization, and Process Analytical Technology (PAT).
Coordinator of module S03.
Ludovic Gremaud
Lecturer of Chemical Process since 2019.
Competences in Process Research & Development (PR&D), Process Optimization, Continuous Improvement Process (CIP), Green Process Development, Organic Synthesis, Chiral Catalysis, Industrial Chemistry, Process Simulation.
Coordinator of module C6.

Fiorella Lucarini
Associate professor since 2022.
Competences in analytical methods for quantification of pollutants in environmental matrices, migration of trace pollutants, and quantification of contaminants in food.

Dr. Olimpia Mamula Steiner
Lecturer of Organic Chemistry since 2010.
Competences in organic and inorganic synthesis, metallasupramolecular chemistry, coordination compounds with d and f metals, (nano) catalysis, and tribology.
Dr. Roger Marti
Lecturer of Organic Chemistry & Process Chemistry since 2009.
Competences in synthesis & process research, chiral catalysis, new synthesis technologies (micro reactors & solid phase synthesis), and molecules for applications in life sciences.
Coordinator of module S01.
Dr. Olivier Nicolet
Lecturer of Physical Chemistry since 2016. Head of CDP specialization.
Competences in thermodynamic, kinetic, optical spectroscopy and physical characterization of food.
Cyril Portmann
Associate professor since 2020.
Competences in analytical chemistry, drug development, natural product chemistry and bioassays
Coordinator of module S22.
Olivier Vorlet
Lecturer of Automation since 1999.
Competences in process automation, process control and instrumentation.