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Fall 2017-2018
* ENE 418 / CBE 418 (STN)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Fundamentals of Biofuels

José L. Avalos

What are biofuels, and why are we making them? What are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation biofuels? What is the controversy surrounding the food versus fuel debate? Will thermocatalysis or genetic engineering improve biofuel production? Can we make biofuels directly from light or electricity? These are some of the questions we will answer through engaging discussions, primary literature readings, and hands-on experience in making biofuels. In precept we will make bioethanol from corn (beer) or molasses (wine), biodiesel from cooking oil, and oil from algae. Grades are based on participation, an oral presentation, and three short lab reports.

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. Three short lab reports will be required (40% of grade) and a final oral presentation project (40% of grade).

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

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

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

Other information:
Interested graduate students should contact the professor.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22920 L01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W   Andlinger Center   017   Enrolled:12 Limit:30
22947 P01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm F   Andlinger Center   017   Enrolled:12 Limit:30