NOTE: this course requires compulsory attendance during the laboratory exercises! The exercises are scheduled to start on the 1st of March and going on until the end of March. There will be some flexibility in the schedule but all the participants should be aware that passing this course requires almost two weeks of full time work in the laboratory. Also, the ongoing covid-19 pandemia may cause unexpected changes in the course plans, especially concerning the practical laboratory work. Please follow very closely the messages from the course teachers!
Schedule and workload
The schedule of other sessions is announced here in MyCourses (click on the sections named after the teaching periods on the left).
The course is taught during periods III-V (total workload = 5 cr * 27 h/cr = 135 h):
Period III (11/1 - 26/2; workload 35 h)
- Kick-off: forming the groups and starting learning on the group-work skills; getting acquainted with each other and with the subject. (4 h)
- Instructing sessions. (6 h)
- Self-studying, other activities (group work, presentations...). (25 h)
Period IV (1/3 - 16/4; 80 h)
- Fractionation exercise in the laboratory. (60 h)
- Report writing, instructing sessions, etc. (20 h)
Period V (19/4 - 4/6; 20 h)
- Presenting the results, peer evaluation, and finalizing the report. (20 h)
During this course, student teams plan and carry out wood fractionation experiments in the laboratory. The results of the fractionation experiments are used as guidelines for planning new industrial-scale installations producing bioproducts from pulp mill sidestreams, transforming pulp mills into multiproduct forest biorefineries. The course is structured to be a research project commissioned by a big pulp and paper company, which is willing to increase its product portfolio through more efficient use of the mills' biomass-derived side streams. In addition to producing the end products with the wanted specifications, the student teams are responsible of providing justified evaluation on the economical and technical feasibility of the suggested processes.
In addition to learning biomass fractionation in practice, another important topic throughout the course are working life competences, especially communication and teamwork skills. Therefore, in addition of working in the classes and laboratories of Puu 1 building, teaching partially takes place in Aalto Design Factory (ADF), where especially presentations in different contexts is practiced; also, giving and receiving feedback is a focus area during this course.
Mr. Kyösti Ruuttunen is the responsible teacher of the course. Ms. Jaana Suviniitty is the collaborator from ADF, also providing a workshop on presentations in English. Lab exercises are instructed by Kyösti R., as well as post doc and Ph.D. students of the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems. Metsä Group is participating by providing ideas and support to the students teams, as well as materials for the lab exercise; the company's representative in this course is Emilia Vänskä.