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Wageningen University

Chemistry and Technology for Sustainability

Wageningen University via edX MicroMasters


The world is moving from using fossil resources to sustainable biobased ones. In order to be truly sustainable, alternative, biobased resources also need to be economically viable. To be successful, corporations need to be able to navigate the challenges and opportunities in this dynamic field. This MicroMasters program is intended for those currently working in the energy, chemical and biotech industries and seeking to make a shift to more sustainable practices. It will focus on the use of chemical and biotechnological approaches for the production of energy-carriers, polymers, chemical building blocks and materials from renewable resources and waste streams.

Completion of this MicroMasters program in Chemistry and Technology for Sustainability will enable you to discover new resources and help your company make the switch from fossil to renewable, biobased resources.

The only way to obtain the MicroMasters program certificate is to complete and pass all courses in the programme with a verified (paid) certificate. You may browse individual courses for free before deciding to pursue the entire programme. However, some course content is only available to verified learners.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: From Fossil Resources to Biomass: A Business and Economics Perspective

Learn about the basic consumer science, business, logistics, supply chain, and economic principles that are essential for a successful transition from fossil resources to renewable biomass resources in a biobased economy.

Course 2: Biorefinery: From Biomass to Building Blocks of Biobased Products

Learn how to design an effective biorefinery to obtain valuable components from various biobased feedstocks such as plants, organisms and waste streams.

Course 3: Catalytic Conversions for Biobased Chemicals and Products

Design new (bio)catalytic conversion routes that allow you to use biobased feedstocks to their highest potential as building blocks for chemicals, materials and fuels.

Course 4: Capstone Chemistry and Technology for Sustainability

This Capstone project is the final part of the MicroMasters Program in Chemistry and Technology for Sustainability. Design a sustainable biobased process and evaluate the technological, societal and economic impact to finish the MicroMasters Program.


Taught by

Jacqueline Bloemhof, Arnout Fischer, Harry Bitter, Corjan van den Berg, Marian Vermue, Costas Nikiforidis, Ellen Slegers, Argyris Kanellopoulos, Dmytro Krushynskyi, Emiel Wubben and Justus Wesseler


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