Massive open online course ‘Technology for Biobased Products’

Learn the basics of process design for biobased products. From feedstock to biomaterials, chemicals and biofuels.

October 27th, BE-Basic and TU Delft will launch the first MOOC on biobased economy, ‘Technology for Biobased Products’.

This MOOC will cover a range of topics, teaching the basics of process design for biobased products, from feedstock to biomaterials, chemicals and biofuels.

The MOOC is hosted by course leaders of the TU Delft Department of Biotechnology. In addition, guest lecturers from DSM, Brazilian partner universities and TU Delft will contribute to the MOOC. To register for this first Biobased MOOC go to the edX platform.

About this Course

As fossil-based fuels and raw materials contribute to climate change, the use of renewable materials and energy as an alternative is in full swing. This transition is not a luxury, it is has become a necessity. We can use the unique properties of microorganisms to convert organic waste streams into biomaterials, chemicals and biofuels. This course provides the insights and tools for biotechnological processes design in a sustainable way. Five experienced course leaders will teach you the basics of industrial biotechnology and how to apply these to the design of fermentation processes for the production of fuels, chemicals and foodstuffs. Throughout the course, you will be challenged to design your own biotechnological process and evaluate its performance and sustainability. The undergraduate course includes guest lectures from industry as well as from the University of Campinas in Brazil, with over 40 years of experience in bio-ethanol production. The course is a joint initiative of TU Delft, the international BE-Basic consortium and University of Campinas.


The course materials of this course are Copyright Delft University of Technology and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Netherlands License.

Ways to take this edX course:

Audit This Course

Audit this course for free and have complete access to all the course material, activities, tests, and forums. If your work is satisfactory and you abide by the Honor Code, you’ll receive a personalized Honor Code Certificate to showcase your achievement.

More information


TU Delft, press release, 2014-10-09.


Biotech Campus Delft
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University of Campinas - UNICAMP
University of Technology, Delft (NL)