Waste valorisation toward energy generation
Learn fundamental and practical aspects for the treatment and simultaneous valorisation of waste (including wastewater) toward energy generation← Back to courses
- CIVIS focus area
- Climate, environment and energy
- Open to
- Field of studies
- Engineering & Technology
- Environment & Agriculture
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- Course dates
- October 2022 - February 2023
- Apply by
- 1 September 2022
This is a transdisciplinary course where chemistry, unit operations, microbiology, separation technologies, and systems engineering approaches will be taught to understand different options to convert wastes into energy. In particular, the possibility to transform waste materials (including wastewater) into useful and desired products brings the double advantage of treating and stabilizing wastes (thereby reducing their impact on the environment) while simultaneously valorizing them. This perfectly fits with the developing criteria of the circular economy whereby waste is no longer simply disposed of but is rather recycled to close the loop. Indeed, the lack of long-term availability as well as the environmental concerns linked to the use of fossil resources for the production of energy and, more in general, chemical platforms, are leading research towards the exploitation of alternative resources.
Main topics addressed
- Methods typically used for the analysis and characterization of waste and wastewater
- Fundamental principles of the kinetics of biological reactions
- Commonly used biotechnological processes for waste and wastewater treatment and valorization as both secondary resources and energy carrier
- Combined chemical-biological processes for the conversion of waste biomass resources into biofuels
- Knowledge and understanding of techniques to study the sustainability of the conversion and its economic viability
- Awareness of the global energy scenarios
- Understanding of actions that can be applied in the context of environmental protection and sustainability
- Skills in main principles of chemical and biotechnological waste-to-energy processes
- Understanding of advantages of waste-to-energy conversion and their difficulties to be implemented
- Tools and knowledge for the techno-economic analysis of the studied processes
|Dates: October 2022- February 2023||ECTS: 6*|
|Format: Virtual||Weekly study: 10-12 hours|
|Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org||Language: English (B2)|
* Recognition of ECTS depends on your home university.
The course will be running for 15 weeks, divided into 6 hours per week. The weekly study is 10-12 hours in total, this includes online course work and work at home.
6 hours per week: 4 hours are recorded videos to watch and 2 hours of live-streamed sessions.
The course is open to Bachelor's students that have finished their first year of study. Basic chemistry and/or biology knowledge is required.
Students interested to attend the course should send a short CV and a cover letter indicating their motivation to the indicated email addresses:
The application deadline is 1 September 2022.
Selected students will be notified by mid-September 2022.
The course evaluation will be assessed by means of writing reports and performing quiz tests. Also, participation in activities during the course (such as seminars) will be evaluated.
The main evaluation criteria will be the following:
- Participation in at least 80% of the course activities
- Answering to quiz and submission of a final report
General Eligibility Criteria for CIVIS Courses
Applicants need to be enrolled at their home university in order to be eligible for selection and participation. If uncertain about your status at your home university (part-time or exchange students etc) please check with your home university’s website or International Office.
Applicants who will be receiving other Erasmus funds for the duration of the course are not entitled to funding. Participation in the course may still be possible under “zero-grant” status, but applicants should contact their home university in order to confirm this.
A list of links and contacts for each university can be found in this Q&A.
Prof Largus Angenent, PhD
University of Tübingen (Germany) - Centrum for Applied GeoSciences - Environmental Biotechnology Group.
Area of expertise: chain elongation, syngas fermentation, power-to-gas, extracellular electron transfer in natural systems.
Associate Prof Rodica Zavoianu
University of Bucharest (Romania) - Department of Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Catalysis.
Area of expertise: organic chemistry, catalysis, wastewater treatment, waste recovery.
Associate Prof. Marianna Villano, PhD
Sapienza Università diRoma (Italy) – Department of Chemistry.
Area of expertise: biopolymers production, anaerobic bioprocesses, microbial electrochemical technologies.