Major in Finnish: Biomassan jalostustekniikka
Extent: 60 cr + 4-5 cr
Professor in charge: Herbert Sixta
Biomass refining constitutes the sustainable processing of biomass into a spectrum of marketable products and energy. The key technological contents of the major are treatment of biomass with tailored mechanical, chemical, biochemical and thermochemical processes leading to selective and efficient fractionation of the biomass components into functional fractions, and further refining of the fractions to fibres, polymers, chemical compounds and fuels or their reactants. The focus point of the major is the physiological function and structure of plants as well as the reactivity of the chemical components of lignocellulosic biomass in the conversion processes. Great attention is paid to process integration modelling, taking into account recycling and waste management. This includes the development of an integrated, rational and transparent evaluation framework for sustainable assessments, such as Life Cycle Assessments (LCA).
The major Biomass Refining applies knowledge of the fields of biotechnology, chemistry, and process technology.
After graduating from the major, the students:
For the major (60 ECTS + 4-5 ECTS credits) all students have to take the same common and compulsory studies of 4-5 cr + 60 cr.
Figure 2. Structure of Biomass Refining major
Table 2. Common compulsory courses (4-5 cr)
|CHEM-E0100||Academic Learning Community||4-5||I-V / 1st|
Table 3. Compulsory courses (60 cr)
|CHEM-E1100||Plant Biomass||5||I / 1st|
|CHEM-E1110||Lignocellulose Chemistry||5||II / 1st|
|CHEM-E7100||Engineering Thermodynamics, Separation Processes, part I||5||I / 1st|
|CHEM-E7110||Engineering Thermodynamics, Separation Processes, part II||5||II / 1st|
|CHEM-E1120||Thermochemical Processes||5||III-V / 1st|
|CHEM-E1130||Catalysis||5||III-IV / 1st|
|CHEM-E1140||Catalysis for Biomass Refining||5||IV-V / 1st|
|CHEM-E3140||Bioprocess Technology II||5||II / 1st|
|CHEM-E1150||Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation – in Class||5||III-V / 1st|
|CHEM-E1160||Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation – in Laboratory||5||III-V / 1st|
|CHEM-E1200||Integration and Products||10||I-II / 2nd|