Code: CHEM3029

Extent: 20–25 cr

Language: English

Professor in charge: Tapani Vuorinen

Target group: Master's students

Application procedure: Open for all students of Aalto University.

Quotas and restrictions: Please note, that in some courses the number of participants can be limited. Then major students (Biomass Refining) have the priority.

Prerequisites: While making your study plan, you should verify that you have the prerequisites needed for the courses.

Objectives

The Biomass Refining minor provides competences that are essential in meeting some of the world’s biggest challenges, especially the climate change and the plastic problem. For its part, circular bioeconomy, based on elaborate use of biomass, offers countless possibilities in replacing fossil carbon sources in production of materials, chemicals and energy.

The Biomass Refining minor builds on understanding of biomass and its components on microscopic and molecular levels. This knowledge forms the basis for mechanical, chemical, biochemical and thermochemical fractionation of biomass into its components and their conversion into fibre products, polymers, chemical compounds and fuels. The approach pays great attention on sustainability, resource efficiency and process integration, taking into account recycling and waste management.

The compulsory course CHEM-E1100 Plant Biomass gives a broad overview on biomass and its conversion into a spectrum of marketable products and energy. With the selection of elective courses, the student can specialize in certain aspects of biomass refining.


Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:

  • describe the composition and availability of biomass.
  • explain the basic principles of sustainable conversion of biomass into a spectrum of material, chemical and energy products.
  • describe technologies required for different applications and products of renewable resources.
  • demonstrate deeper knowledge in some aspects of biomass refining.


Content and structure of the minor

Besides one compulsory course, the minor (20–25 cr) can be any combination of the elective courses listed below.


Structure of the minor

CodeNameCreditsPeriod
Compulsory studies:5
CHEM-E1110Plant Biomass5I

Elective courses:

15–20


CHEM-E1110

Lignocellulose Chemistry

5

II

CHEM-E0115

Planning and Execution of a Biorefinery Investment Project

5

I-II

CHEM-E7100

Engineering Thermodynamics, Separation Processes, part I

5

I
CHEM-E1210Bioproduct Mill Recovery Processes5I

CHEM-E1120

Thermochemical Processes

5

III–V

CHEM-E1130

Catalysis

5

III–IV
CHEM-E1220Sustainability in Bioproduct Industry5II

CHEM-E3140

Bioprocess Technology II

5

II

CHEM-E1150

Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation – in Class

5

III–V

CHEM-E1160

Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation – in Laboratory5III–V
CHEM-E1105Advanced Fibreline Processes5IV-V
CHEM-E2120Fibres and Fibre Products5I
CHEM-E2140Cellulose-Based Fibres5I-II
CHEM-E2155Biopolymers5III-IV
AAE-E2005Thermochemical Energy Conversion5III-IV
AAE-E3100Energy Carriers5I