Advanced Specialization Course in Technologies for Plant Biomass Valorization

Department of Chemical Engineering

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Academic year


Course Type

Non Degree Course

Qualification Awarded



1 Year(s)

ECTS Credits


General Objectives of the Course
The Course aims at training top-level professionals specialized in the field of Biorefineries in order to demonstrate their skills in integrated valorization of biomass from agro-forestry sources for the production of new chemical products, fuels and energy. This approach leads to the adoption of multi- product manufacturing strategies, so it is critical to have human resources with expertise in this area.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
- Have a thorough knowledge of the chemistry of biomass (depending on the available source);
- Know the most common technologies for fractionation / extraction and separation of biomass components, depending on the complexity and specificity of each raw material;
- Know the main technology platforms for the conversion of biomass into a product port-folio (biological conversion or heat treatment).
- Ability to promote technological progress in professional context.
Mode of Study
Full-time, face-to-face and daytime
Admission Requirements

a) Master's degree holders in Chemical Engineering or on a related scientific area; b) holders of a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering or on a related scientific area with a number of courses equivalent to 300 ECTS (5 years); c) holders of a relevant academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out the course, by the Course Coordination.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Recognition of Prior Learning
It is possible to recognize prior curricular units concluded successfully within the Doctoral Program in Biorefineries Framework (except Thesis Project).
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Item d), article 39º, DL 74/2006 in its actual form, in particular the specific regulations from both universities
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
The grading of each student in each curricular unit (c.u.), is translated into an integer mark between 0 and 20; students who obtain a final mark equal or above 10 are considered approved. The student will be approved in the course when 36 ECTS are completed, 18 ECTS of which correspond to three compulsory c.u. and 18 ECTS to optional c.u. The final course grade is calculated by the individual grade of each c.u. multiplied by the corresponding ECTS number, divided by the total number of ECTS (36).
Study Programme
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1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018