The Biobased Product Development course examines the potential end-products from bio-refineries, such as biodegradable plastics, biocomposites and biofuels. All these products come from biomass, which is renewable and sustainable, unlike fossil oil-based conventional products.
Our knowledge of how to refine organic biomass has improved and we are able to extract new molecules (or bioproducts) that can only be made from biomass, and hence dictate availability and price of that product. Following governmental policies on banning the landfilling of recyclable plastics, single-use plastic waste and the trouble of recycling contaminated fossil-based plastics, biodegradable plastics are an important topic for the agrifood sector, not to mention using biobased items is more sustainable and thus applicable to ‘green tax’.
The course focuses on both industry standard and newly emerging technologies. This includes the product innovation chain including commercial elements, life-cycle analysis and regulatory considerations.
The course is aimed at the postgraduate level (Masters). This qualification will be of great benefit to Construction industries, any industry using plastic packaging, any industry that produces a waste stream that could be valorized.
Previous participants who benefited from thehave been involved in several biotech industries, from teaching in China to farm management and technicians based in an anaerobic digestion plant.
On completing thisyou will be able to:
Areas covered will include:
This course will deliver the content through a series of recorded lectures, interviews and discussions between researchers at BioComposite Centre, SENRGy and IBERS.
The participants will be given a reading list of 'essential' and 'recommended' articles and books.
They will be expected to interact through forums with other participants and the course tutor/researcher.
The module will also contain assessments which will encourage participants to apply the research they have learnt about in the module to real-life scenarios
AgriFood Training Partnership
The University of Reading
PO Box 226, Whiteknights
Reading RG6 6AP
T. +44 (0)330 333 4530