Biorefining: from raw materials to chemicals (co-organized with INP-ENSIACET)
3 weeks – July 1 – 19 2019
Level : M1 – M2
ects credits : 6
Deadline registration : March 18th, 2019
Location: Campus of INSA Toulouse
Biorefineries and, nowadays, more broadly, the bio-economy concepts propose interesting approaches to produce commodity products by finding alternative solutions from conventional petrochemical routes. The bioeconomy has been identified as a major theme at European and International levels for the development of processes and products using less fossil carbon. The European Commission defines the bio-economy as «an economy that encompasses the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into products for human food and animal feed, bio-based products and bioenergy through efficient and innovative technologies «(definition EFIB2017). Therefore, the value chain in bio-economy requires complementary multidisciplinary skills combining economics, biotechnology, green chemistry, and life cycle analysis, process innovation for intensive and eco-engineered bioprocesses.
- Students will be able to understand and to identify the challenges involved in the value chain in bio-economy.
- Students can analyze and propose new developments for sustainable production routes.
Students will be able to know how to search for scientific articles.
- Students will develop competencies in state-of-the-art research methodology.
- Students will be able to propose a personal research project (for a PhD application for example).
COURSE 1 – GENERAL KNOWLEDGE
- Enzymatic reactions for biomass deconstruction
- Microbial engineering to produce synthons
- Green chemistry
- Bioproducts and separation techniques
- Life cycle analysis.
COURSE 2 – INITIATION TO DOCUMENTARY RESEARCH (BIBLIOGRAPHY)
- Scientific databases (Web of Sciences…) and Tools (zotero…)
- Structuration of a bibliography
- Synthesis of articles regarding a topic
COURSE 3 – DEVELOPMENT OF A PERSONAL RESEARCH PROJECT (PRP)
Green chemistry workshop deals with small framed projects regarding bioenergy production, bioplastics, biosolvents etc … These workshops and practical works lead to oral presentation to evaluate the training.
These PRP will be evaluated at the end of the school by a Jury, in conditions close to the doctoral scholarship competition.
Bachelor in biochemical engineering or chemical engineering