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Fall 2016-2017
ENE 418 / CBE 418 (STN)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Fundamentals of Biofuels

José L. Avalos

The course defines biofuels and explains their essential role in the development of renewable energy. It introduces biochemical and thermochemical methods of biofuel production, and challenges to achieving their sustainable production, including land use, water use, and competition with food production issues. In the first half of the course, first-generation biofuels are discussed. In the second half, next-generation biofuels (cellulosic, drop-in, algae, and electrofuels) are covered. Synthetic biology and microbial engineering, as well as environmental, economic, and societal impacts of biofuels are also addressed.

Sample reading list:
Robert C. Brown & Tristan R. Brown, Why are we producing biofuels?
Robert C. Brown & Tristan R. Brown, Biorenewable Resources: Engineering new products for agricul

Reading/Writing assignments:
The instructor will provide reading assignments in class.

Requirements/Grading:
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 80%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry or Molecular Biology or equivalent..

Other information:
Grading will be based on two projects (40% each) and class participation (20%). Interested graduate students should contact the professor.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21027 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   Andlinger Center   017   Enrolled:8 Limit:30