materials provide a raw material source for biofuel conversion and offer several
advantages over fossil fuels- usage of a renewable resource, reduced greenhouse
emissions, a decreased dependence on foreign oil, and stimulation of the
agricultural sector. However, a primary technological challenge in converting
lignocellulosic biomass into fuel is overcoming the recalcitrance of its matrix
to enzymatic hydrolysis. To overcome these problems for chemical processing,
naturally occurring cellulose biomass must be pretreated before it can be
further processed using enzymatic hydrolysis or bioconversion.
The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of biomass energy crops, conventional and emerging pretreatment technologies, their effectiveness, models for prediction, scale-up opportunities, economics, and outlook for the future.
After completing Biomass Treatment Technologies students will be equipped with a basic understanding of the following:
Module 1: Lignocellulose
Module 2: Energy crops
Module 3: Pretreatment technologies
Module 4: Heating mechanisms
Module 5: Measuring pretreatment effectiveness
Module 6: Models for prediction
Module 7: Scale up
Module 8: Economics
Module 9: Outlook
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