Biorefining : from raw materials to chemicals

Biorefining : from raw materials to chemicals

  • Summer School
  • Study field
    Biology – Biochemistry, Bioengineering - Biotechnologies, Microbiology
  • Institution
  • Teaching language



This 3-week summer school is focused on biorefining.

Date : July, 5th -25th, 2018

The summer school takes place on INSA Campus in Toulouse.

Biorefineries and, nowadays, more broadly, the bio-economy concepts propose interesting approaches to produce commodity products by finding alternative solutions from conventional petrochemical routes. The bioeconomy has been identified as a major theme at European and International levels for the development of processes and products using less fossil carbon. The European Commission defines the bio-economy as "an economy that encompasses the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into products for human food and animal feed, bio-based products and bioenergy through efficient and innovative technologies " (definition EFIB2017).

Therefore, the value chain in bio-economy requires complementary multidisciplinary skills combining economics, biotechnology, green chemistry, and life cycle analysis, process innovation for intensive and eco-engineered bioprocesses.


Access condition

This program is dedicated to students having a M2 degree.

Deadline registration : March 18th, 2018

Application must be made directly to the organizing institution. No application is possible through this website. Please click on the link "See the course website" to find out how to apply.


Training content

Courses and lectures :

  • Kinetics and reactions, enzymology, microbial engineering, life cycle analysis, green chemistry, bioproducts and separation techniques, by lectures, tutorials and practical works.
  • Initiation to documentary research (bibliography) and Development of a personal research project

Course of French as a Foreign Language (FLE) could be organized on demand.

Practical works and workshops :

Practical works are proposed in order to apply the theoretical aspects seen during the lessons/lectures. They also make it possible to work in conditions close to those encountered in our research laboratories, during research initiation projects or for PhD thesis preparation.

  • TP1 : enzymatic kinetics (sucrose and/or cellulose hydrolysis, pulp case)
  • TP2 : microbiology, discovery of microorganisms producing chemical synthons
  • TP3 : life cycle analysis (as a board game)
  • TP4 : manufacture of a bioplastic

Green chemistry workshop deals with small framed projects regarding bioenergy production, bioplastics, biosolvents etc ... These workshops and practical works lead to oral presentation to evaluate the training.              

This school will propose to each student to develop and to prepare a personal research project (PRP) related to the scientific themes of our home laboratories. These PRP will be evaluated at the end of the school by a Jury, in conditions close to the doctoral scholarship competition.


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