Biorefinery - From Biomass to Building Blocks of Biobased Products, Certificate | Part time online | edX - online learning platform | United States
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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the Biorefinery - From Biomass to Building Blocks of Biobased Products Certificate in collaboration with Wageningen University and Research - WageningenX. Learn how to design an effective biorefinery to obtain valuable components from various biobased feedstocks such as plants, organisms and waste streams.

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The Biorefinery - From Biomass to Building Blocks of Biobased Products  Certificate from EdX is offered in partnership with Wageningen University and Research - WageningenX.

The use of fossil resources is a controversial topic and there is much scientific research to argue against their use for energy, chemicals, and in the production of almost every product. Because of this, we're seeing a huge shift towards sustainable biobased and renewable resources and away from fossil-based ones. In this new world, it’s critical to know how to efficiently and effectively obtain valuable elements from biomass. 

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Join this course and gain the latest academic knowledge on biorefinery which can be applied to their ongoing studies or to advance their careers. 

Just as the petrochemical refinery is a crucial part of the fossil-based industry, so is the biorefinery for the biobased industry. In a biorefinery, a complex biobased feedstock is separated and processed in such a way to maximize sustainability and application opportunities. 

Upon completing this course, you  will understand the tools and techniques needed to efficiently disentangle, separate and convert different biomass based feedstocks into simpler (functional) components.

First, you'll learn about available techniques and processes for biomass activation, disentanglement and separation. Next, you’ll explore how to design a biorefinery taking into account feedstock and sustainable energy use and dive into:

  • Mass and energy balances
  • Design of biorefinery process units to obtain multiple products from one type of biomass
  • How to recover energy and resources in the biorefinery system
  • Evaluation of the designed system with respect to sustainability and economic criteria
  • Evaluation of criteria for successful implementation

This course is part of the MicroMasters Program in Chemistry and Technology for Sustainability.

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Biorefinery
  • Biomass and Biorefineries
  • Conversion
  • Downstream Processing
  • Process Evaluation and Improvements
  • Process Design

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 2 months
    • 12 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.




  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

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General requirements

  • BSc in technology, engineering (and applied) sciences. You should have at least BSc level knowledge on courses and topics such as chemistry, mathematics and process engineering.

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