Modules and ECTS
All modules target some specific skills and expertise to be acquired:
1. BIO-BASED MATERIALS module
The group of lectures in Sem 1: Bio-based composites and polymers + Synthesis and fabrication of biobased materials + Microorganisms in synthesis, give the basis of biomaterials composition and synthesis methodology, while group of laboratory practice: Molecular analysis and Optimization of bio-based materials + Instrumental analysis of biomaterials’ structural and chemical properties + Thermogravimetry for oxy-combustion analysis, give the opportunity to acquire analytical skills in the preparation of samples, the ability to operate the advance instrumental equipment and most importantly experience in analysis of data obtained. These courses will be supported by research institutions specialized in advanced materials analysis (see the Associate Partners). The UCLM partner will support this module in Sem 2 in the course related to fabrication by the production of polymers directly from naturally occurring compounds or from bio-based materials. The LUT partner in Sem 3 will give technological course focuses on bio-based materials processing and applications in e.g. food packaging and textile fibrous materials.
2. BIO-PRODUCT PROCESSES module
This module refers to design of processes and technologies for the sustainable manufacture of bioproducts (materials, chemicals and energy) from renewable biological resources. In Sem 1 the WUST partner will start lectures and laboratory on Biochemical unit operations and reactors. Then in Sem 2, the UCLM partner will provide the group of lectures: Bioprocesses design + Bioprocesses simulation by AspenHysys and AspenPlus + Dynamic and control of bioprocesses, laboratory/bench scale work with a technical focus on methodology of numerical design and optimization of the processes, process control and industrial measurement. In the Sem 3 the LUT will give the course on development of new sustainable bio-products processes focusing on implementation, pilot scale demonstration and case studies in the field application.
3. BIOREFINERIES module
In Sem 1 the WUST partner will give the theoretical basis and laboratory practice on Chemical-thermal biomass conversion processes + Biomass treatment, purification and modification to be marketed as biofuel. Then, in Sem 2 the UCLM partner will provide the group of lectures related to engineering aspects of different unit operation involved in the Production of biofuels (including lab-synthesis of biodiesel, bioethanol, biogas and waste biomass pyrolysis). In Sem 3, the LUT partner will give a course on Lignocellulosic biorefineries detailing current (e.g. Kraft pulping) and emerging (e.g. organosolv processes) large-scale processes employing lignocellulose as the raw material. The course includes a site visit to an industrial biorefinery. A project course Separation technology in biorefining implements a problem-based learning approach to develop the students engineering analysis and design skills in the context of separation unit operations.
4. SUSTAINABLE BIOBASED BUSINESS module
The courses on Biobased economy + Recycling of materials + SigmaPro Lab will give fundamentals of circular economy and introduce the methodology of conversion of resources, residues, by-products and side streams into value added products. Good laboratory practice course will familiarize students with safety, consistency, high quality, and reliability of chemicals in laboratory. Group of lectures on Material and energy valorisation of waste in a circular economy will introduce the methodology of the valorisation of the biomass/biogenic fraction of waste into different bioenergy products (heat, power cooling, liquid and gaseous biofuels) as well as production of renewable chemicals. The courses on Project management tools for biomarket + Economic assessment + Business model (General rules, Canvas, DAFO) targeting on sustainable bio-economy related to sustainable economic development on issues such as climate warming and fossil resources, natural resource scarcity, biomass competition, biodiversity, waste streams, governance, social well-being.
5. PRACTICAL SKILLS module
The goal of this module is to guide novice students in writing an effective research methodology by helping them gain a clear understanding of a research structure as well as familiarise them with current trends in scientific data analysis. After finishing this set of courses, graduates will be capable of participating in applied research projects, designing and building assessment instruments, analysing and interpreting data, and translating research findings for application to educational settings.
6. ADDITIONAL COURSES module
Maintains by the partner universities with epical attention to: sport classes as compulsory at every level of study and beneficial for student health and way to create good relationships between students; philosophical classes as its important role in clarification of scientific concepts and theories, critical assessment of scientific assumptions or methods, and fostering of dialogue between science and society; language skills as the tool of modern communication. We define excellence in English language as the one of the teaching outcomes. In parallel, students will learn basics of the local languages to easy adaptation in different countries and assimilation with local student community.