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Advances in Biorefineries -doctoral course provided an understanding of the supply and characteristics of lignocellulosic biomass

18.06.2012

International Doctoral Programme in Bioproducts Technology – PaPSaT and Docotral Programme in Biomass Refining - BIOREGS joint their efforts to organize a doctoral course “Advances in Biorefineries (8 ECTS)” from May 28th to June 1st in Aalto University, School of Chemical Technology, Department of Forest Products Technology. Prof. Herbert Sixta from Aalto University was acting as the course leader inviting all the lecturers and designing the course. The week consisted of a lot of lecturers from across the world.

Lecturers:
Prof. Herbert Sixta, Aalto University, School of Chemical Technology
Dr. Klaus Niemelä, VTT, Biorefining
Prof. Raimo Alén, University of Jyväskylä, Applied Chemistry
Prof. Adriaan van Heiningen, University of Maine, Forest Bioproducts Research Institute
Prof. Miguel Zanuttini, University of Santa Fe, Chemical Engineering Department
Dr. Ossi Turunen, Aalto University, Biotechnology and Chemical Technology
Dr. Tom Granström, Aalto University, Biotechnology and Chemical Technology
Dr. Juan Carlos Serrano Ruiz, University of Alicante, Advanced Materials Laboratory
Dr. Elisabeth Sjöholm, Innventia, Biorefinery
Prof. Emer. Bjarne Holmbom, Åbo Akademi University
Dr. Eero Kontturi, Aalto University, School of Chemical Technology
Prof. Maija Tenkanen, Helsinki University, Department of Food and Environmental Sciences
Prof. Andrea Kruse, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

The aim of the course was to provide an understanding of the supply and chemical/physical characteristics of lignocellulosic biomass, as well as of the key techno-economic barriers and regulatory policies affecting commercial implementation of lignocellulosic biorefineries. An important focus was the chemistry and engineering aspects of different (pre)treatment processes, including those integrated into existing (kraft and sulfite) and organosolv pulping operations. Different biochemical and thermochemical conversion processes and their down-stream operations to produce liquid fuels, chemicals and biomaterials were reviewed.

The course was really popular. There were 52 students attending the course. The students comprised of doctoral students from universities in Finland and Sweden and industry experts refreshing their knowledge of the subject.

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Group photo of the students and some of the lecturers. Sitting from the left: Prof. Thad C. Maloney Director of PaPSaT, Prof. Maija Tenkanen, Director of BIOREGS, Prof. Andrea Kruse and Prof. Herbert Sixta.

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