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Postgraduate course

Biorefinery technology and applications

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeKJBIOREF
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

1. Basics of a biorefinery technology
2. History of biorefinery and comparison with conventional petroleum refinery
3. Classification and definition of biorefineries
4. Industrial aspects
5. Co-production of industrial platform chemicals and innovative energy carriers from biomass
6. Validation criteria of sustainability of a biorefinery
7. Selected examples

Learning Outcomes

To introduce the students to the idea of biorefining which is the sustainable processing of biomass into a

spectrum of bio-based products (food, feed, chemicals, materials) and bioenergy (biofuels, power and/or


After reading the course, the student should be able to:
- evaluate the aspects of feedstocks, products, technology and processes of different biorefinery concepts,
- discuss the potential of biofuels in a future energy system, including 1G and 2G,
- describe the major components of lignocellulosic raw materials,
- explain their conversion pathways for biofuels, platform chemicals,
- identify strengths and limitations for the different processes and products.

Required Previous Knowledge

KJEM130, KJEM131 or equivalent organic chemistry background

Recommended Previous Knowledge

KJEM231, KJEM203 or equivalent organic chemistry and petroleum chemistry background

Access to the Course

The course will be open for students at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The students also need to fulfil the prerequisites for the course.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Intensive teaching in two blocks estimated to be 20 hours of lectures each. The students write a project thesis in between the teaching blocks.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Project, included oral presentation. Compulsory work is valid for six following semesters

Forms of Assessment

Oral exam. Compulsory work is valid for five following semesters.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Exam only in the semester of teaching.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation is conducted according to the quality assurance system at University of Bergen.



Contact Information

Please contact the Department of Chemistry: studieveileder@kj.uib.no / post@kj.uib.no

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