February 12, 2018 – February 17, 2018 all-day
MSB 241
Mechanical Sciences Block
Alumni Ave, Indian Institute Of Technology, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600036
Dr. R. Vinu, Dr. Rajnish Kumar

About Course [Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass for Energy and Fuels]

Environmental awareness and dwindling of fossil fuel reserves have ignited interest in utilizing renewable feedstocks like lignocellulosic biomass, algae, waste plastics and other solid wastes for energy and fuels. Lignocellulosic biomass, which refers to plant and plant-derived matter produced by photosynthesis is the only renewable source of carbon on earth. In fact, only 3% of the 170 million metric tons is utilized for food and non-food applications. Thermochemical technologies involve direct conversion of biomass to fuels, chemicals, heat and energy by the application of heat in a controlled environment.

This short term course will provide a basic understanding of the principles of various thermochemical processes like combustion, gasification, (catalytic) pyrolysis, and hydrothermal liquefaction, and the effect of operating conditions of various processes on product yields and quality. A fundamental insight into the chemistry and mechanism involved in the complex transformations of biomass will be discussed. The participants will be introduced to various characterization techniques for biomass and biofuels. Finally, an overall approach towards the design of a biorefinery will be discussed.

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