Welcome to Liquefaction of Biomass - Fundamentals and Practice

Description: The course is designed to teach students about biofuels and biomass liquefaction technologies in the context of energy and chemical products. The course will introduce fundamental principles of liquefaction, focussing on hydrothermal liquefaction and pyrolysis. Based on this, it will move on to process analysis and design, ,process modeling tools and process implementation. Furthermore, the course discusses analytical techniques for product stream analysis and data interpretation with specific reference to liquefaction product streams and their special characteristica. Throughout the course, material taught will be exemplified by or related to experiences and best-practice methods obtained through designing and operating advanced liquefaction equipment. Through a series of lectures, lab session on product analysis and visit to the CBS pilot plant, students will learn how to design, analyze, and scale up various biomass liquefaction technologies for bioenergy production.

Energy conversion processes and conversion technologies (hydrothermal liquefaction and pyrolysis).
Mass and energy balances, unit operations, and thermodynamics in HTL conversion technology.
Introduction and implementation of Aspen Plus® process simulator.
Product characterization techniques through laboratory instrumentation.
Prerequisites: chemistry, chemical or process engineering at BSc/MSc level

Form of evaluation: individual mini report


Organizer: Professor Lasse Aistrup Rosendahl, e-mail:, Aalborg University

Lecturers: Professor Lasse Aistrup Rosendahl, Aalborg University, Associate Professor Saqib Sohail Toor, Aalborg University, Assistant Professor Thomas Helmer Pedersen, Aalborg University and Postdoc Daniele Castello, Aalborg University. External lecturers tbd.


Time: 25-27 March 2019

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code:


Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 4 March 2019

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.