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.

Master thesis

The Master thesis is divided into three modules. Please follow the links below to access the module descriptions:

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.

C1Materials Science3AutumnOlten
C2Surface Characterisation3AutumnOlten
C3Polymers and Applications3Winter SchoolFriborug
C4Green Chemistry3SpringOlten
C5Chemistry and Energy3SpringOlten
C6Industrial Chemical Process Safety3Summer SchoolFribourg


Additional Offer from other Clusters

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

BECS1Modelling of Complex Systems3AutumnOlten
BP1Compound Profiling in Pharmaceutical Drug Discovery3AutumnOlten
BP3Design of Biopharmaceutical Production Facilities3AutumnWädenswil



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. Jean-Pascal Bourgeois
Lecturer of Analytical Chemistry since 2009.
Competences in analytical science, organic and inorganic supra molecular chemistry, environmental chemistry.
Coordinator of module S22.
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.
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.
Olivier Vorlet
Lecturer of Automation since 1999.
Competences in process automation, process control and instrumentation.