Course Syllabus for

Industrial Biorefineries
Industriella bioraffinaderier

KET095F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2021
Decided by: Margareta Sandahl
Date of establishment: 2017-01-18

General Information

Division: Chemical Engineering
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The objective of the course is to provide a broad knowledge on biorefinery concepts as well as specific knowledge on a number of current "biorefineries". Insights on what factors promote or hinders the development of new biorefineries will be sought through analysis of technology, environmental impacts and economy of selected processes.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must acquired a good overview of the currently industrially implemented biorefineries. Furthermore, they shall be able to - in detail - account for the specific processes that their project group have worked with in preparation for their seminars. This includes both the technical aspects and market perspectives.

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must after finishing the course be able to make a preliminary new process design (including the unit operations) for a renewable raw material taking into account all parts of this raw material. Furthermore, the participants shall be able to identify the most likely bottlenecks hindering or restricting the commercial applicability of the new process.

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must be able to take part in and contribute to the societal discussion on transition towards a less fossile-based chemical industry.

Course Contents

The course gives an overview of a number of current Industrial processes based on renewable biomass resources. These processes will be analyzed in terms of their fundamental conversion and separation processes, as well as their market perspectives. The course will cover 10 selected processes from the text book. In addition there will be an open-ended designproblem, which the course participants will work on and which will be discussed.

Course Literature

Kuila, A.: Biorefinery Production Technologies for Chemicals and Energy. Wiley, 2020. ISBN 9781119591429.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Seminars, project. This course is based on industrial cases. These cases will be discussed in seminars, in which responsibilities are distributed among the participants.

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written report, seminars given by participants. The course requires the participants to prepare - in groups - seminars on selected cases from the course literature. Furthermore, an open-ended project shall be completed and reported in writing as well as in a seminar. The course is given when a sufficient number of students are interested.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

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