This course is more or less the mission course of the master programme. The course aims to make the students comprehend the importance of the transition from a petrol-based to a more sustainable biobased economy and society. The problems associated with this transition will be a central theme in this course. First the current state of biobased products, like bio-fuels, bio-plastics and biobased materials will be studied. Then the production strategies for these products will be considered in the context of sustainability. Furthermore, the problems associated with feed-stock and biobased building blocks are presented and will be discussed. Finally, the students will make a short study on the importance of a biobased material (or a group of biobased materials) for society and its future in a changing world economy.
To create a detailed understanding of the importance of biobased materials in the transition towards the biobased economy · To define what biobased materials are and how these can contribute to a more sustainable economy · To study different forms and sources of biomass and their processing technologies · To deepen the understanding and knowledge of biorefinery and cascading principles · To increase understanding about the current state of bio-fuels, bio- plastics, and other biobased materials · To create an understanding of the impact of bio-fuels, bio-plastics, and biobased materials on society and the environment and the methods to evaluate this impact (LCA) · To study and increase knowledge on the circular economy and its implications for society.