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KBT145 - Biorefinery
 
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-19 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPISC
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Bioengineering, Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology, Chemical Engineering
Department: 21 - CHEMISTRY AND CHEMICAL ENGINEERING


Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: A

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   19 Mar 2016 pm M,  05 Apr 2016 pm EKL,  23 Aug 2016 pm SB

In programs

TIKEL CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, Year 3 (elective)
MPISC INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)
MPISC INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPSES SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (elective)

Examiner:

Professor  Hans Theliander



Eligibility:


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic course in organic chemistry
Unit operations in Chemical engineering

Aim

Within the next 50 years we will se a gradual transition from an oilbased society to a biobased society. In this transition there will be a necessity to find new process routes to produce some of the materials used today as well as new materials that can replace some of the materials normally used today. The aim of this course is to give basic knowledge needed to understand how biomaterial can be used and how different biorefinery concepts can be developed based on both environmental and economical criteria.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

After this course the students should have knowledge in: The chemical composition of the most common sources of biomaterial; methods of extracting components; the most important chemical reactions; the most common processes for extracting components and post treatment of extracted materials.

Content

The course will shed light upon some general questions such as what type of biomaterial that are available, how these can be used as well as important reactions and how biomaterial can be processed. The course can be divided in the following parts:

Part I An overview: what biomaterial and biorefinery are; common types of biomaterial and where those can be found; finally, some common process routes will also be discussed

Part II This part will be dedicated to some basic items: the chemical composition and the structure of biomaterial will be discussed. Also some important reactions with different constitutes in biomaterial is treated. A special emphasis will be on the most abundant biomaterial, the wood material.

Part III Process concepts: In this part different process concepts will be learned. Both hot methods (e.g. gasification) and wet methods (eg. pulping and ethanol production) will be treated.

Part IV Post treatment of components from biomaterial: In this part, examples of post treatment routes to products are discussed.

Organisation

The course consists of lectures, tutorials with hand-in assignments and laboratory tasks. To form larger and more realistic tasks, the tutorials and laboratory tasks will be integrated.

Literature

Selected chapters from "Wood Chemistry -
The Ljungberg textbook"
will be used as course literature,
supplemented by lecture notes and literature
that
students refer to retrieve from the available e-books and -journals.

Examination

There will be a written examination of the course. There will also be hand-in assignments and laboratory tasks which must be approved to pass the course. The grade of the course will be based on both the written exam and the hand in-assignments.


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