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Master's Program in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Biomass Refining

Aalto University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Espoo
English
Fall
Aalto University

Program description

Master's Program in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Biomass Refining

Biomass refining constitutes the sustainable processing of biomass into a spectrum of marketable products and energy. The key technological contents of the major is treatment of biomass with tailored mechanical, chemical, biochemical and thermochemical processes leading to selective and efficient fractionation of the biomass components into functional fractions, and further refining of the fractions to fibres, polymers, chemical compounds and fuels or their reactants. The focus point of the major is the physiological function and structure of plants as well as the reactivity of the chemical components of lignocellulosic biomass in the conversion processes. Great attention is paid to process integration modelling, taking into account recycling and waste management. This includes the development of an integrated, rational and transparent evaluation framework for sustainable assessments, such as Life Cycle Assessments (LCA).

Graduates of the program will have achieved the key scientific and professional working methods of their area of specialisation and will be able to continuously deepen their knowledge by acquiring, evaluating and processing scientific, technical and professional information. They will gain the knowledge and skills to understand the challenges of the field from the point of view of users and technical and social systems, as well as from that of the environment and be able to use this knowledge in developing new solutions, also as members of multidisciplinary teams.

English is the language of instruction for this program, but there is a possibility to complete some courses in Finnish/Swedish.

Admission requirements

Applicants to the program must first meet the general eligibility and language requirements that are common to all Master's Programs in Science and Technology.

The following principles apply during the academic evaluation of eligible applications. These principles are revised annually.

The student selection process is competitive. The applicant’s suitability for the program is evaluated. The best applicants are granted admission to the program. The selection of students is primarily based on the application documents. Not all eligible applicants will necessarily be admitted, CHEM Master’s program does not have a minimum quota to be fulfilled.

The programs reserve the right to interview the applicants if it is necessary to clarify the applicant’s motivation or other information in the application.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Common compulsory courses

  • Academic Learning Community

Compulsory courses

  • Plant Biomass
  • Lignocellulose Chemistry
  • Engineering Thermodynamics, Separation Processes, part I
  • Engineering Thermodynamics, Separation Processes, part II
  • Thermochemical Processes
  • Catalysis
  • Catalysis for Biomass Refining
  • Bioprocess Technology II
  • Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation – in Class
  • Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation – in Laboratory
  • Integration and Products

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The full tuition price for non-EU/EEA citizens is €15000 per year

Qualification

Upon completion of this program, students will graduate with a Master of Science (Technology) degree. 

Continuing studies

Eligibility for doctoral studies.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the program you will have the skills and knowledge to work as pacesetter of your field in various managerial, planning and research duties serving industry or related stakeholders, the scientific community or public sector.

About this institute

Aalto University

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Contact info

Aalto University

Otakaari 1B
02150 Espoo
Finland

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www.aalto.fi

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