UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering


Sustainable Industrial Bioprocesses and Biorefineries

Course Code
Level MSc
Credits 15 credits
Module Tutor
Dr Frank Baganz
Two-hour written examination (50%)
Coursework (50%)
Prerequisites BENG201P, BENG203P or courses with similar content


This module provides students with an understanding of the principles, technologies and design of sustainable bioprocesses and biorefineries. A biorefinery is an overall concept of a processing plant where biomass feedstocks are converted and extracted into a spectrum of valuable products (in analogy to petrochemical refinery).

Learning Outcomes

Following completion of the course, students will have an understanding of:

  • Understand the general principles of sustainable bioprocesses and biorefineries
  • Be able to specify component technologies including monitoring and control systems
  • Be able to evaluate different strategies for operation and control of complex plants/biorefineries using simulations
  • Be able to plan and design integrated biorefineries
  • Understand the concept and applications of life cycle assessment

Learning Hours


Lectures: 30h
Case studies/practicals: 30h


Biorefinery concept and biomass treatment
Biochemical processing
Energy supply and waste treatment
Thermo-chemical processing
Control and operation of complex plants/biorefineries
Process design and Lifecycle assessment