ETE-30306 Biological Processes for Resource Recovery


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work8
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. J Weijma
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. CJN Buisman
dr. ir. JTC Grotenhuis
dr. ir. J Weijma
dr. RD van der Weijden
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. CJN Buisman

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

ETE-24804 Fundamentals of Environmental Technology + PCC-21802 Introductory Thermodynamics or comparable.


The subject of this course is the exploration of microbiological opportunities to recover resources within Environmental Technology, thereby closing material cycles with minimal losses. Thermodynamic, microbiological and biotechnological unified principles are used to assess the viability of those opportunities for application in practice. Viable opportunities are developed into technological concepts working at optimal energy conditions.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to:
- have gained an understanding in the fundamental principles underlying biological processes in Environmental Technology;
- be able to relate this knowledge via mathematical kinetic relationships to the design of systems for the biological treatment of soil, waste water, solid waste and off-gas;
- have a basic understanding of the operational aspects of the biological systems.


- attending the lectures;
- literature research;
- studying the theory and work on a case study in a group.


Judgement from written exam (50%) and case portfolio (50%), provided that both are valued 5 or higher.


Lecture notes.

Compulsory for: MBTBiotechnologyMScE: Environmental and Biobased Biotechnology4WD
Restricted Optional for: MESEnvironmental SciencesMSc4WD
MBEBiosystems EngineeringMSc4WD