Pseudomonas putida MC2 produces 3-methylcatechol from toluene in aqueous medium. A second phase of 1-octanol may improve total product accumulation. To optimise the design of such a biphasic process, a process model was developed, both for one- and two-phase applications. The insights obtained by the model predictions showed the importance of different process parameters (like growth substrate concentration and partition coefficient) on growth of biomass, accumulation of 3-methylcatechol and processing time. For future applications, the process model can be used to ensure enough extraction capacity from aqueous to octanol phase. It is a useful tool to define the optimum process conditions, depending on the desired optimisation parameter: product concentration or processing time.