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Sustainable Resource Recovery MLJ660

This course introduce the fundamentals/basic theories and technologies for processing of organic wastes to biofuels and biochemical products via biotechnological unit processes. Additionally, methodologies and concepts for valorisation of wastes, biotechnological processes and bioproducts are discussed towards the perspectives of circular economy.

Course description for study year 2021-2022

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Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience

Learning outcome
Students who successfully pass this course will gain knowledge and competence on the following subjects
  1. Principles and understanding of concepts for organic waste treatment
  2. Commercial perspectives of waste-to-wealth concept
  3. Selection of suitable technologies for the optimum energy/chemical production from biomass
  4. Design and operation of energy/chemical production systems
  5. Critical evaluations of organic wastes and sustainability within the circular economy

This course provides the fundamentals/basics of processing of organic wastes to various fuels and biochemical products through biotechnological process. This also includes terminology and methods for valorisation of organic wastes, bioproducts and technology for processing. The course also focuses on design of lab scale reactor systems and pilot plant demonstrations of several waste treatment methods. Industrial scale applications and methodologies are also presented. Biomass conversion by biochemical, thermo-chemical and integrative processing is necessary to achieve sustainable conversion of organic waste into valuable chemicals. This is an underlying principle used throughout the course.

Additionally, understanding of the commercial aspects of solid/organic waste management and treatment is discussed, with focus on sustainability and the circular economy.

Required prerequisite knowledge
Basics in Chemical/process Engineering
Recommended prerequisites
KJE260 Chemical and Environmental Engineering, MLJ630 Separation Technology
MLJ630 and KJE260 (or equivalent courses).

Written mid-term exam and final group project

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written mid-term Exam 1/4 4 Hours A - F
Final group Project 3/4 A - F

Mid-term Exam =25%The Final Group Project (75%) = consists of 50% report & 25% oral presentation.All assessment parts must be passed in order to obtain a final grade in the course.There is no resit possibilities for the midterm exam or group project. Students who wish to re-take these parts, may do so the next time the course is lectured.In cases of valid absence it may be possible to complete the oral presentation at other times, where agreed with the teaching staff. This is not an entitlement. 

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Gopalakrishnan Kumar
Head of Department: Ingunn Westvik Jolma
Method of work
Lectures 4 hrs/week (2+2). Exercises.
Open for
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
Course assessment
According to the general quality assurance program at the faculty.
The syllabus can be found in Leganto