CHEM-E1100 Plant Biomass provides a broad basis for understanding biomass and its use as a renewable source of materials, chemicals and energy. The lectures (20 h) on the course cover the motivation and importance of using biomass over the fossil carbon sources, the chemical and physical structure of biomass, its conversions by mechanical, chemical, thermochemical and biochemical processes and the chemical and material products obtained through these processes. The weekly laboratory works (24 h) cover the structure of plants observed by optical and electron microscopy and the basic chemical characterization of biomass.
The 'lectures' and laboratory works have equal weight in grading the course. Instead of having an exam, student groups write a report on a selected biomass source and present their main observations in a seminar, reflecting the contents of the lectures. The laboratory works will be conducted in small groups on a given biomass sample. Each group needs to write a report on their experiments with main conclusions on the sample.
There are two alternative times for the weekly laboratory works, you need to do them on Wednesday afternoons (1-5 pm) or Friday afternoons (1-5 pm).
NOTE! Working in CHEM's laboratories requires passing its laboratory safety course. If you haven't done it earlier, register on CHEM-E0140 - Laboratory Safety Course in WebOodi and do the electronic course under MyCourses before entering the labs.