TBP01x: Technology for Biobased Products


Learn the basics of process design for biobased products. From feedstock to biomaterials, chemicals and biofuels.

About this Course

As fossil-based fuels and raw materials contribute to climate change, the use of renewable materials and energy as an alternative is in full swing. This transition is not a luxury, it is has become a necessity. We can use the unique properties of microorganisms to convert organic waste streams into biomaterials, chemicals and biofuels. This course provides the insights and tools for biotechnological processes design in a sustainable way. Five experienced course leaders will teach you the basics of industrial biotechnology and how to apply these to the design of fermentation processes for the production of fuels, chemicals and foodstuffs. Throughout the course, you will be challenged to design your own biotechnological process and evaluate its performance and sustainability. The undergraduate course includes guest lectures from industry as well as from the University of Campinas in Brazil, with over 40 years  of experience in bio-ethanol production. The course is a joint initiative of TU Delft, the international BE-Basic consortium and University of Campinas.


The course materials of this course are Copyright Delft University of Technology and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Netherlands License.

Course Staff

  • Isabel Arends

    Isabel Arends is head of the TU Delft Department of Biotechnology and professor of Biocatalysis and Organic Chemistry in this department. Her research focuses on the development of catalysts for green products and medicines, with emphasis on development and application of enzymes. She studies oxidative enzymes, as well as metal hybrid proteins and explores their potential for sustainable production of epoxides, alcohols and ketones. In addition, she is vice-president of the Post-Graduate School (Biotechnological Sciences Delft Leiden) and member of the board of Technology Foundation STW. She teaches the courses “Green Chemistry and Sustainable technology” and “Biocatalysis” on BSc- and MSc-level and the advanced course “biocatalysis” for industry and PhD students.

  • Sef Heijnen

    Sef Heijnen has 15 years of experience working in industry and is since 1988 full professor at the TU Delft and group leader Cell Systems Engineering at the Department of Biotechnology. His group is focused on metabolic engineering and systems biology for application in industrial microbial processes. He teaches BSc- and MSc-level courses, including metabolic engineering, systems biology, thermodynamics and bioprocess design. In addition, he teaches advanced courses like microbial physiology, environmental biotechnology and fermentation technology for industrial partners and PhD students. In 2003 he was elected TU Delft’s best lecturer of the year. He is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and advisor of DSM and Corbion.

  • Henk Noorman

    Henk Noorman was trained as Chemical Engineer from Groningen University (NL). He obtained a PhD in Biotechnology from Delft University of Technology (NL), on microbal systems modeling (1991). He became a post-doc fellow in a Nordic research consortium, and co-ordinated a fermentation scale-up project among academic groups in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. He then joined Gist-brocades and DSM in Delft (NL, 1994) and worked on fermentation development and implementation projects, mainly in the area of antibiotics and biobased chemicals. He also has been project manager for innovation projects. Henk Noorman is currently working as Corporate Scientist Bioprocess Technology in the DSM Biotechnology Center and involved in numerous projects in Industrial Biotechnology, Food Specialties, Anti-Infectives, and the Corporate Research Program. In addition to this he is honorary professor at TU Delft working on Bioprocess Design and Integration.

  • Patricia Osseweijer

    Patricia Osseweijer is full professor and group leader Biotechnology and Society, at the Department of Biotechnology, TU Delft. She is Flagship Manager of the BE-Basic program “Societal embedding of a Sustainable Biobased Society” (14 M€) and coordinator for the BE-Basic activities in Brazil and Malaysia. She is advisor of the Brazilian Bioenergy program. During her career she organised the international course, “Bioethics and public perceptions” in Oxford among others. Her research interests focus on responsible biobased innovation - in particular on its societal impact -, public opinion forming, novel designs of public communication and their relevance for policy making and ethics. She aims to bridge societal challenges to (bio)technology solutions and encourages engineers to think from a society’s perspective.


  • Luuk van der Wielen

    Luuk van der Wielen is distinguished Professor for Biobased Economy as well as full professor and group leader Bioprocess Engineering at the Department of Biotechnology of TU Delft. The activities of the section resulted in several spin-off companies. His research interests include thermodynamics for bioprocesses, bio-separation/-conversion technologies, multifunctional bioreactors and miniaturized (‘on-chip’), high throughput technology for rapid process development, as well as analysis and development of large scale and distributed, low carbon bio-renewables production systems, and their societal impacts. Since 2004 he is director of BE-Basic, the globally operating private-public research organisation for Biobased Sustainable Industrial Chemistry & Energy. This consortium, with 40 academia and industrial partners, is based in The Netherlands with hubs in Southeast Asia and Brazil, with a cumulative budget exceeding 250 M€.

  • 27 October 2014, 7 weeks
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