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EST 202
Bio-Chemical Conversion

Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 70

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:30    Lab Hours:40

The conversion of existing agricultural and forestry products and waste into biofuels or other value-added products is of significant interest today - for first generation and advanced biofuel plants, municipal wastewater treatment plants, industrial food and beverage processors, pulp and paper mills, and/or cogeneration facilities. Converting lignocellulosic biomass, material like wood and grass, into useful fuels and chemicals is an important step in reducing our reliance on petroleum, without competing with the food supply. The bio-chemical conversion approach to lignocellulosic biofuels involves first breaking down the substances that make up biomass into their chemical constituents. Next, microbes are used to ferment useful chemicals that can be separated and used as a fuel or chemical precursor to other valuable products. The first half of this course will focus on the structure of lignocellulosic biomass and methods to break it down. The second half will focus on methods for producing useful products via fermentation and anaerobic digestion.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the key biological cycles that are harnessed in a biomass conversion plant.
  • Apply knowledge in the terminology and key concepts of Microbiology and Chemistry -- key in on Anaerobic Digestion and Fermentation.
  • Operate conversion processes using proper quantities of nutrients and media.
  • Apply knowledge in enzymes and their utilization as chemical conversion catalysts.
  • Develop knowledge on optimization of temperature, pH, pressure, and other chemical variables to control, manage, and balance reactions and resulting yields.
  • Practice propagating and testing cultures of bacteria and/or fungi.

  • Course Topics
  • Biomass structure and chemistry.
  • Enzymes, Conversion, and Chemical Reactions.
  • Microbial growth and fermentation.
  • Managing products of reactions.
  • Process integration and operations.
  • Anaerobic Digestion and Wastewater Treatment labs.

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Year Quarter
    EST 202
    Winter 2015
    Jason Selwitz

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.