Wageningen University Free Online Course on Advanced Biorefinery

Wageningen University is offering a free online course on Advanced Biorefinery. This course requires the least BSc level knowledge on courses and topics such as chemistry, mathematics, and Engineering.

In this course, applicants will learn how to design an effective bio-refinery (free online course on Advanced Biorefinery) to obtain valuable components from various bio-based feedstocks (plants, organisms, and waste streams). The course will start on May 30, 2025.

Course At A Glance

Length: 8 weeks
15-20 hours PW
Wageningen University & Research and edX
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available:
Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $199
Course Starts on May 30, 2025

Providers’ Details

Wageningen University and Research center are dedicated to exploring the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Learn more about WUR. Wageningen courses train (future) professionals in sustainable food systems and help consumers making informed choices about what they eat, how it is produced, and the impact of their choices on the environment and society.

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About This Course

In a biorefinery (free online course on Advanced Biorefinery), a complex bio-based feedstock is separated and processed in such a way that sustainability and application opportunities are maximized. In this course, we will focus on tools and techniques to efficiently disentangle, separate, and convert different biomass-based feedstocks into simpler (functional) components.

First, we will discuss the techniques and processes available for the activation/elimination and separation of biomass for the study of this free online course on Advanced Biorefinery.

Next, we explore how to design a biorefinery (free online course on Advanced Biorefinery) taking into account feedstock and sustainable energy use. Therefore we will dive into:

  • Mass and energy balances;
  • Design of biorefinery process(free online course on Advanced Biorefinery) units to obtain multiple products from one type of biomass;
  • How to recover energy and resources in the bio-refinery system;
  • Evaluation of the designed system with respect to sustainability and economic criteria;
  • Evaluation of criteria for successful implementation (operational and investment costs).

Learning Outcomes                                                      

  • To choose proper (chemical) pretreatment and conversions to arrive at the required products.
  • Conceptually design a biorefinery process(free online course on Advanced Biorefinery).
  • Critically evaluate a process design regarding energy and feedstock efficiency.
  • Compare that design with fossil-based processes.
  • Know how to activate/disentangle and separate biobased feedstocks
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Ton van Boxtel                                                                                  

Ton van Boxtel is an associate professor in Biobased Chemistry and Technology at Wageningen University & Research. He is top-notch in a free online course on Advanced Biorefinery.

Corjan van den Berg                         

Corjan van den Berg is assistant professor at Wageningen University & Research.

Costas Nikiforidis                                                                                                  

Costas Nikiforidis is an assistant professor at Wageningen University & Research.


  • 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.
  • Successful completion of BB01x and BB02x is advised, but not obligatory.
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