About this course
The world is moving from using fossil resources to sustainable biobased resources and circularity. In this new world, it’s critical to determine if alternative biobased resources have the potential to become truly sustainable and economically viable. For companies in this industry, it’s important to know the challenges that lie ahead. This MicroMasters programme is intended for those currently working in the energy, chemical and biotech industries. It will focus on the use of chemical and biotechnological approaches for the production of energy-carriers, polymers, chemical building blocks and materials from renewable resources and waste streams. The content of this micromaster is covered by campus courses of the master biobased sciences. The micromaster cannot be combined with those courses. Students enrolled at Wageningen University follow the campus version. The micromaster contains 4 MOOCS including the capstone.
After successful completion of this micromaster graduates are expected to be able to:
- understand the challenges of switching from a fossil fuel based economy to a biobased economy;
- understand how to identify suitable raw materials and create valuable new products;
- learn how to refine biomass without damaging its valuable components;
- perform a functional analysis of potential methods that can be used for refining a resource;
- learn how to efficiently convert biobased feedstocks into desired products