Courses Catalogue

Biochemical Conversions For Bioenergy Production

COURSE CODE: REN9206
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Science, PhD
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

The production of methane and alcohol-based fuels and their roles as a transportation fuel will lead to a re-discovery of opportunities to replace fossil-based fuels. Bio-diesel and vegetable oil topics are necessary to show a true alternate energy source for internal combustion engines. Throughout this course, students will examine advanced energy conversion technologies and bio-systems. The course gives a further in-depth knowledge of relevant fundamental aspects connected to the utilization of biomass and the biomass fractions of waste streams for energy purposes in biochemical conversion processes for production of 1st and 2nd generation biofuels. The graduate students are expected to understand what are the potentials and bottlenecks for biotechnology application in wood properties improvement, and to comprehend the current state of technical issues in the biofuels production from woody biomass and their potential environmental impact.

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

This course introduces biomass fiber morphology, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin chemistry and their chemical analyses. It also covers biomass pretreatment/fractionation, enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulose and biochemical conversion of hydrolysate to ethanol or butanol. Bioenergy and bioproducts from woody biomass will be emphasized.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

Develop a basic understanding of wood chemistry and forest biotechnology.

Gain a profound knowledge of the chemistry of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin and their chemical reactions in pulping and bleaching processes.

Develop a basic understanding of bioconversion process for biofuels and bioproducts from woody biomass.

Develop a basic understanding of wood fibers and biosynthesis of wood constituents.

Describe the theory of operation of the different types of bio-chemical conversion process and how they produce energy.

Develop a basic understanding of biotechnology application in forest industry.

Gain knowledge on Uganda’s potential for ethanol biodiesel production and able to apply advanced approaches/techniques to its production.

Design systems for harnessing ethanol, biodiesel and biogas in the most appropriate way.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A doctoral student completing the course is expected to:

Apply the theory of operation of the different types of bio-chemical conversion process and how they produce energy.

Contribute to the existing knowledge on Uganda’s potential for ethanol biodiesel production and able to apply advanced approaches/techniques to its production.

Design systems for harnessing ethanol, biodiesel and biogas in the most appropriate way.

Develop professional oral and written communication skills necessary within the discipline.

Gain an advanced knowledge of wood chemistry focused on biomass processing.

Understand the current state of technical issues related to bioconversion of biomass to liquid biofuels.