Plant Derived Materials and Building Blocks
Full course description
This course aims at providing students with insights about drivers and know-how on how to convert our fossil-based organic chemical industry towards a more sustainable biobased industry. Future materials will contain other building blocks than we are using today, giving materials with substituted or outperforming (combinations of) functionalities. The framework of our current chemical practice, combined with our growing needs to make this practice more sustainable in the near future, will set the scene to design mankind’s sustainable materials of the future. This transitional evolution will be illustrated and highlighted both from scientific and business angles. The drivers for this transition are manifold: scientific challenges and limits are surrounded with many other influential parameters. But the outcome is evident: biobased is not a hype. This course prepares the student to boost his/her know-how and skills in a more sustainable chemical word.
- Overview of fossil raw materials used to serve our current needs
- Identify and understand the main fossil-based sources
- Overview of existing and future renewable plant-derived sources
- Identify and understand the main biobased sources
- Scientific and business dynamics in the evaluation of the new sources
- Identify and quantify the criteria for a successful building block
- Overview of some commercially available renewable biobased products
- Understand the success of the commercially available examples
- Overview of the main renewable building blocks and case studies
- Chemical conversions of the main building blocks from renewable sources
Industrial Organic Chemistry, 5th Edition, Hans-Jurgen Arpe, Stephen Hawkins (Translator) ISBN: 978-3-527-32002-8, 525 pages, September 2010. Additional references are included in the course material.