Circular Economy MOOC


Capstone Chemistry and Technology for Sustainability

This Capstone project is the final part of the MicroMasters programme in Chemistry and Technology for Sustainability. Design a sustainable biobased process and evaluate the technological, societal and economic impact to finish the MicroMasters programme.

Organisator Wageningen University & Research

di 4 september 2018 tot do 15 augustus 2019

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Content of the course

In this capstone project, you will focus on designing a sustainable biobased process. The emphasis of the project is on conversion. You will design a process from biomass to a finished product and discuss your choices for a catalyst, reactor type, organism and feedstock. You should be able to discuss your choices in the broad picture of sustainability while emphasising the conversion aspects of the process. The final product in this capstone project is a written report. Complete your MicroMasters credential by signing up for a virtually-proctored exam. This 2 hour, multiple choice exam will test your knowledge on all topics discussed in the 5 MicroMasters programme courses.

When can you subscribe to the capstone?

You can only start the capstone project after completing all other courses in the MicroMasters programme in Chemistry and Technology for Sustainability with a verified certificate for every MOOC.

  • Biorefinery: from biomass to building blocks of biobased products; Design an effective biorefinery to obtain valuable components from various biobased feedstocks
  • Catalytic conversions for biobased chemicals and products; Design new (bio)catalytic conversion routes to use biobased feedstocks to their highest potential C
  • Transition from fossil resources to biomass: a business perspective; Learn how to market and sell biobased products within a profitable business model

    What you will learn

    You will be able to:

    • Design a sustainable biobased process.
    • Choose an appropriate catalyst for the process and discuss the consequences of that catalyst on the process.
    • Choose an appropriate organism for the process and discuss the consequences.
    • Choose the appropriate feedstock for your biobased process and discuss the consequences.
    • Calculate the mass balance of the process.


      This MOOC is part of the MicroMasters Chemistry and Technology for Sustainability, which is a programme that enables you to discover new resources and help your company make the switch from fossil to renewable, biobased resources. 

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