BSc minor Bio-based Technology (WUBBT)

The transition from fossil to sustainable energy and biobased materials requires technical innovation and different approaches in chain management. The BSc minor Bio-based Technology focuses on technical strategies to replace fossils by bio-mass.

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Strategies to produce suitable biomass and principles of Biorefinery will be introduced. Attention is drawn to a number of renewable resource applications, to renewable energy production as well as production of biobased materials.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:

  • describe how a biobased economy can be developed and the technical, social and political barriers that should be overcome;
  • describe technologies required for different applications of renewable resources;
  • explain strategies to provide the biobased economy with suitable biomass;
  • explain basic principles biorefinery;
  • identify bottlenechs in chemical an biotechnological synthesis routs toward platform chemicals and give logic suggestion for improvement;
  • illustrate the term 'sustainability' and determine a personal opinion on sustainability;
  • judge if a described petrochemical application can be replaced by biobased technology.

Target group

This minor is interesting for all students of life science, natural sciences or engineering .

Assumed knowledge

For beta BSc programmes.




Second semester (period 4, 5 and 6)

Programme or thematic

Thematic minor