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From Feedstock to Renewable Materials



The course discusses chemical and biochemical routes for the conversion of renewable feedstock to value-added chemicals and materials with special emphasis on the underlying molecular chemistry and catalytic principles. Special emphasis is placed on establishing the conceptual links between the various types of renewables and waste streams to specific products and identifying the key challenges for the practical implementation of the respective processes in industry. The course is given in the form of lectures and interactive student assignements


This course is available only for students in the minor Sustainable Chemistry and Biotechnology.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course students:

  • have a broad knowledge of available chemical routes for the conversion of various renewable feedstock to chemicals and materials

  • can discuss and analyse alternative chemo- and bio-catalytic routes for the conversion of renewable feedstocks

  • can discuss and define key challenges for (bio)catalytic conversion of renewable feedstock

  • can design a conversion strategy for the valorisation of renewable / wastes

  • can describe and define the principles of the design of sustainable conversions of renewables



Mode of instruction

Lectures, group assigment

Assessment Methode

  • written examination with short questions (70%)

  • group assignments (30%)

Reading List

Hand-outs will be made available


Enrollment through uSis is mandatory

Information and Contact

Frank Hollmann