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Bio-Chemical Conversion

Course Number: EST 202
Credits: 5
Hours per Quarter: 70

Lecture Hours:30    Lab Hours:40


Description
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 Skills and Attitude Outcomes


Syllabi Listing
Course
Year Quarter
Item
Instructor  
EST 202
Winter 2015
0962
Jason Selwitz


Two Year Projected Schedule

Year One* Year Two**
Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer
Mini 
Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer
Mini
 
X
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 

*Year one is all odd years (2003-2004)
**Year two is all even years (2004-2005)