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EST 202
Bio-Chemical Conversion


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 70

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:30    Lab Hours:40


Description
The conversion of agricultural/forestry materials (biomass), organics (food and yard wastes, and dairy manure), and other solid wastes (from landfills or wastewater treatment plants) into value-added products is of significant interest today. Technologies that harness microbes to convert these materials can be deployed in many different industries to produce clean water, biogas and biomethane, renewable fuels and chemicals, heat, electricity, and soil amendment products. After some measure of pre-treatment, the lignocellulosic fabric of woody biomass is liberated into easier to use sugar units. For thousands of years, microbes have been fed sugars to produce fermented beverage and food products, and more recently, pharmaceuticals. We will review the structure of lignocellulosic biomass. The course will feature labs to produce, monitor, and analyze the fermentation and anaerobic digestion processes and their products. Recommended: WTM 190, AGPR 121, and EST 201.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Examine and draw diagrams of different production approaches which bioproducts companies use to harness microbes.
  • Distinguish between the inputs and products of respiration and fermentation at the cellular level in animals, bacteria, and fungi.
  • Apply knowledge from microbiology and chemistry to conduct enzyme, fermentation, and anaerobic digestion tabs.
  • Operate conversion processes using proper quantities of substrate, nutrients, and chemicals.
  • Optimize conditions (e.g., temperature, pH, pressure, flow rates, and agitation speed) to maximize product yields.

  • Course Topics
  • Block flow diagrams
  • Business models
  • Biorefinery concept
  • Biomass structure and chemistry
  • Pre-processing and pre-treatment (including catalysts)
  • Enzymes
  • Monitoring and control of parameters
  • Microbes
  • Cellular metabolism
  • Fermentation
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Chemistry
  • Operations

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    EST 202
    Winter 2016
    0962
    Jason Selwitz
    EST 202
    Winter 2016
    5233
    Jason Selwitz
    EST 202
    Winter 2015
    0962
    Jason Selwitz


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
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    *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.