Key facts

Course Dates
Starts Sept 2019
14 weeks
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience
Fee info
Fee from £750
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
CQFW Level
Course Provider
Aberystwyth University
Provider Reference Number
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Aberystwyth University, Online
AFTP Cohort
Course Logistics
online distance learning

Course overview

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 the module have been involved in several biotech industries, from teaching in China to farm management and technicians based in an anaerobic digestion plant.

Learning outcomes

On completing this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the technological and commercial opportunities of potential bio-based end products.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the interaction between product design, product performance and the manufacturing process.
  • Analyse the relative limitations and merits (technologically, environmentally, commercially) of current/emerging product- and manufacturing technologies.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Bio-based end-products including:  Biodegradable plastics – used in the food and drink sectors and agriculture
  • Biocomposites – used in construction industry – resins, coatings
  • Phytoamines – used in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Fine chemicals and metabolites– (bluebell seed oil, diamorphine, artemisinin) – extraction and purification of such molecules
  • Biofuels
  • Biochemcials – chemical industry
  • Product development technologies, performance testing, manufacturing processes, commercial prospects and regulatory position
  • Life cycle analysis of bio-based products
  • Product design concepts, tools and processes
  • Regulatory frameworks for bio-based products

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

My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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