Biomass and waste recycling promoting the circular economy

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to introduce and consolidate concepts relative to biomass-waste recycling for green chemistry promoting the circular economy and the end of waste. The course will introduce the drivers to the bioeconomy, i.e. climate change, fossil fuel depletion, environmental pollution. Energy vs. food conflict, biomass production limits and other social themes will be implemented to place the bioeconomy in the new world focused on the Circular Economy.
Scientific and technical aspect related to the biomass origin, production, characteristics will become part of the knowledge to address the biorefinery concept to produce biofules, bioenergy and biochemical.
Technical excursions giving a "real touch" of what the bioeconomy does mean will complete the learning objective.
Expected learning outcomes
The student will acquire competences referred to the acquisition of skills related to: a) Climate change, environmental pollution and bio-economy: the ratio; b) Circular economy and end of waste as engine for the bio-economy; c) What it is a biomass: the origin and the characteristics; d) From the waste-biomass to energy, material and nutrient; e) From waste-biomass to bio-economy: leading case studies.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
More specific information on the delivers mode of training activities for the academic activities 2021/2022 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation
Course syllabus
Topics discussed in temporal succession:

- Climate change: description, impact and the effect on the planet
- The bioeconomy and the circular economy: the answer to the climate
change and to the shortage of the planet resources.
- How to feed the world next? The food vs. no-food conflict.
- What biorefinery is?
- Energy crops for the biorefinery: characteristics, products.
- Organic wastes for the biorefinery: characteristics, products.
- Agricultural waste for the biorefinery: characteristics, products.
- Agro industrial waste for the biorfinery: characteristics, products.
- Case studies: room discussion and guided visit to plants
Prerequisites for admission
Bachelor degree in engineering, chemistry and life science
Teaching methods
PPT recorded lesson posted on Ariel platform (, class teaching and technical visits (or webminar)
Teaching Resources
Slide and material provided by the teacher (Ariel platform on
Assessment methods and Criteria
COVID-19 emergency: oral exam by Microsoft teams platform

No COVID-19 emergency: written exames (4-5 open questions)

Exam frequency: >6/year

Rank: 30/30

Specific procedures for students with disabilities or specific learning disabilities (DSA) will be applied also for telematic exams. Here the complete information:……
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AGR/13 - AGRICULTURAL CHEMISTRY - University credits: 7
Lessons: 56 hours
Professor: Adani Fabrizio