This course gives an introduction to biorefineries, with the main focus on the wood-based materials biorefinery. What is a wood-based materials biorefinery and why do we need this type?
The starting point of this course is the physical and chemical structure of the wood, including methods for chemical characterization. This will be followed with various methods (mechanical, chemical as well as enzymatic) to disassembly the wood matrix. Furthermore, some of the most important downstream separation methods (e.g. membrane fractionation and filtration) will be introduced. Examples of process concepts from wood to wood components will be discussed. A study visit at a mill is included.
The course is mandatory for WWSC PhD students. 10 spots are open for Treesearch-associated PhD-students (first come).