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Learning Opportunity: Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Biomass Refining, Master of Science (Technology) (2 yrs)

Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Biomass Refining, Master of Science (Technology) (2 yrs)

Course Information

The learning outcomes of the master's degree are based on the aims set for education leading to a Master of Science (Technology) as defined in the degree regulations of the School of Chemical Technology. The learning outcomes of the degree are further specified in the major- and course- specific descriptions of learning outcomes.

The focus areas of the education are the sustainable use and processing of natural resources and new materials, including their technical applications. In the studies towards the major, students acquire advanced knowledge in a specific area of biotechnology, chemical technology or material science and technology. The education leading to a master’s degree is based on the professional practices of fields requiring expertise in science and technology and on scientific research generating new knowledge. Students may choose their minors or elective study modules so that their degree is a combination of technology, business, and art, typical of Aalto University.

Students will adopt a responsible, goal-oriented and systematic way of working, and develop skills to work as experts in their area of specialisation both independently and in cooperation with experts of different fields, also in an international working environment. They will be able to express themselves clearly and unambiguously both orally and in writing and to tailor their communication to the target audience.

Graduates of the programme will have achieved the key scientific and professional working methods of their area of specialisation and will be able to continuously deepen their knowledge by acquiring, evaluating and processing scientific, technical and professional information. They will gain the knowledge and skills to understand the challenges of the field from the point of view of users and technical and social systems, as well as from that of the environment and be able to use this knowledge in developing new solutions, also as members of multidisciplinary teams.

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Duration Information: 

2 vuotta

Costs: 

For non-EU/EEA citizens 15000

Credits: 

120 ECTS credits

Provider Information

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Aalto University, School of Chemical Technology
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050 362 3017
Aalto University, School of Chemical Technology
hakijapalvelut@aalto.fi
ansokningsservice@aalto.fi
admissions@aalto.fi
PL 16100, 00076, AALTO
Kemistintie 1, 02150, ESPOO

Qualifications Awarded

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Qualification Awarded:
Diplomi-insinööri
Qualification awarded description:

Making bioeconomy real

Biomass refining constitutes the sustainable processing of biomass into a spectrum of marketable products and energy. The key technological contents of the major is treatment of biomass with tailored mechanical, chemical, biochemical and thermochemical processes leading to selective and efficient fractionation of the biomass components into functional fractions, and further refining of the fractions to fibres, polymers, chemical compounds and fuels or their reactants. The focus point of the major is the physiological function and structure of plants as well as the reactivity of the chemical components of lignocellulosic biomass in the conversion processes. Great attention is paid to process integration modelling, taking into account recycling and waste management. This includes the development of an integrated, rational and transparent evaluation framework for sustainable assessments, such as Life Cycle Assessments (LCA).

The major Biomass Refining applies knowledge of the fields of biotechnology, chemistry, and process technology and you are able to study:

  • chemistry and structure of biomaterials
  • manufacturing chemicals and other products from biomass
  • environmental engineering
  • processes utilising green chemistry
  • catalysis

LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE PROGRAMME

The learning outcomes of the master's degree are based on the aims set for education leading to a Master of Science (Technology) as defined in the degree regulations of the School of Chemical Technology.

Students will adopt a responsible, goal-oriented and systematic way of working, and develop skills to work as experts in their area of specialization both independently and in cooperation with experts of different fields, also in an international working environment. They will be able to express themselves clearly and unambiguously both orally and in writing and to tailor their communication to the target audience.

Graduates of the programme will have achieved the key scientific and professional working methods of their area of specialization and will be able to continuously deepen their knowledge by acquiring, evaluating and processing scientific, technical and professional information. They will gain the knowledge and skills to understand the challenges of the field from the point of view of users and technical and social systems, as well as from that of the environment and be able to use this knowledge in developing new solutions, also as members of multidisciplinary teams.

LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE BIOMASS REFINING MAJOR

After graduating from the major, you:

  • are able to describe the global availability of biomass resources and can formulate scientifically justified arguments on the sustainable use of biomass.
  • can give an overall description of biomass structure, from macro structural aspects to microscopic and molecular level the emphasis being on the plant cell wall architecture and the structure and interactions of lignocellulosic components (cellulose, lignin, hemicelluloses, resins and inorganic compounds).
  • can identify the principal cellular organisms relevant inbiomass refining and describe and apply the principles and practices in (bio)catalysis and explain how biosynthesis of plant cell wall constituents and cellular metabolites proceeds.
  • can model and simulate mass and energy phenomena in multiphase systems and are able to calculate material and energy balances of complex systems.
  • have thorough knowledge of the separation methods used in biomass refining, and based on this knowledge can formulate suggestions for practical applications.
  • can predict and describe chemical reactions of biomass components in different conditions and can design and perform experiments to test the hypotheses.
  • can give detailed scientific and technical descriptions on the industrial-scale mechanical, thermo-chemical, chemical, and biochemical methods for biomass fractionation into platforms (carbohydrates, lignin, extractives).
  • are able to suggest feasible and sustainable production schemes for value-added products from the platforms, including LCA analysis of the products.
  • can perform biomass fractionation experiments in practice and can use the most relevant analytical methods and equipment for analysing and characterising the products.
  • demonstrate an understanding of societal, economical, and environmental effects of engineering solutions.

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Kemistintie 1, 02150, ESPOO