University of Florida

ABE 6654C
Advanced Biobased Products From Renewable Resources

Semester Taught - Spring

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

This course is intended to provide the knowledge for the production of energy (fuels), chemicals and materials from renewable resources. The course includes the fundamental principles and practical applications from renewable materials to bio-based materials: biorefinery and biobased products overview, fundamental concepts in understanding biorefinery and biobased products; biomass production; materials from biomass; chemical platforms from biomass; energy and fuels from biomass; pilot-plant and process design.


It is recommended that the students have a basic background in general chemistry. The topics of this interdisciplinary course take into consideration that students will be coming to the class from varied backgrounds. Proper background materials will be provided when needed.  

Course Objectives

This course is to provide students an overview of status quo and future direction of the engineering bioproducts from renewable resources. Topics are selected to cover the fundamental understanding, conversion technologies, and practical applications from renewable biomass to energy, fuel, materials, and chemicals. The students should understand fundamental principles of bioproducts from renewable resources and also gain basic skills to further work on the biorefinery and bioproducts areas.


Zhaohui Tong
Office: Room 103 Rogers Hall
Phone: 392-1864 x103

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required

No textbook required.

Reference Texts:

  • Title: Sustainable Production of Fuels, Chemicals and Fibers from Forest Biomass
    Editors(s): Junyong (J.Y. ) Zhu, Xiao Zhang, and Xuejun (Jun) Pan
    Publication date: 2011
    Edition: First edition
    ISBN: 978-0-8412-2643-2
    Publisher(s): American Chemical Society

    Title: Biorefineries-Industrial Processes and Products
    Editor(s): Birgit Kamm, Patrick R. Gruber, Michael Kamm
    Publication date: 2006
    Edition: First edition
    ISBN: 3-527-31194-7
    Publisher(s): Wiley-VCH Verlag Gmbh &Co. KGaA

Course Outline (Tentative)

  1. Biorefinery and biobased products overview
  2. Fundamental Concepts in understanding biorefinery
  3. Energy and fuels from biomass: bioethanol, biodiesel, biohydrocarbon
  4. Energy and fuels from biomass: thermochemical conversion
  5. Energy and fuels from biomass: others
  6. Materials from biomass: overview and fundamentals
  7. Materials from biomass: natural fibers, cellulose, lignin and others
  8. Chemicals from biomass

Attendance and Expectations: Attendance is vital to class participation and in-class discussion. Absences for which a medical or court excuse is provided (professional letterhead required) will be excused. Any significant tardy or early departure from class will be figured as a half absence.


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There are two formal exams for this course. The student grade is based on homework, term presentation, quiz, and exams.

Academic Honesty

All students admitted to the University of Florida have signed a statement of academic honesty committing themselves to be honest in all academic work and understanding that failure to comply with this commitment will result in disciplinary action. This statement is a reminder to uphold your obligation as a UF student and to be honest in all work submitted and exams taken in this course and all others.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. That office will provide the student with documentation that he/she must provide to the course instructor when requesting accommodation.

Use of Library, Personal References, PC Programs and Electronic Databases

These items are university property and should be utilized with other users in mind. Never remove, mark, modify nor deface resources that do not belong to you. If you're in the habit of underlining text, do it only on your personal copy. It is inconsiderate, costly to others, and dishonest to use common references otherwise.

Software Use

All faculty, staff and students of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

UF Counseling Services

Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals which interfere with their academic performance. These resources include:

  1. University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575, personal and career counseling;
  2. Student Mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171, personal counseling;
  3. Center for Sexual Assault/Abuse Recovery and Education (CARE), Student Health Care Center, 392-1161, sexual assault counseling;
  4. Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling.