Biobased Product Development

Subject specific module starting September 2018


To provide you with in-depth knowledge of the aims, objectives and the technologies used to produce commercial viable end-products from bio-refineries.


Drawing on research from both Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities this module will focus on potential end-products from bio-refineries including the relevant performance tests and the available processing/manufacturing technologies; both current and emerging technologies will be discussed. The module will also pay attention to the product innovation chain including commercial elements, life-cycle analysis and regulatory considerations.

The module will provide a series of units focused on:

  • Bio-based end-products: fuels, platform chemicals to fine chemicals (food ingredients, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals), resins, coatings and plastics, bio-composites (packaging) and forest products.
  • Product development technologies, performance testing, manufacturing processes, commercial prospects and regulatory position
  • Life cycle analysis of bio-based products
  • Product design concepts, tools and processes
  • Regulatory frameworks for bio-based products

The module will deliver the content through a series of recorded lectures, interviews and discussions between researchers at BioComposite Centre, SENRGy and IBERS. The students will be given a reading list of ‘essential’ and recommended’ articles and books. They will be expected to interact through forums with other students and the course tutor/researcher. The module will also contain assessments which will encourage students to apply the research they have learnt about in the module to real-life scenarios.

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Learning Outcomes

On completing this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the technological and commercial opportunities of potential bio-based end products.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the interaction between product design, product performance and the manufacturing process.
  • Analyse the relative limitations and merits (technologically, environmentally, commercially) of current/emerging product- and manufacturing technologies.
  • Assess the relevance and consequences of the different regulatory frameworks for end-products under development.
  • Identify the appropriate product design concept, design tools and process in a specific product development project.

Student Comment

'My work involves dealing with many customers interested or involved in the bio-based product sector, an increased knowledge of this sector will help me communicate ideas better with them' Colin Bright, Dynamic Extractions Ltd


UK and EU students from £750

International Students from £800 (non commercial) and from £1,363 (commercial)