Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Renata Bura
BSE 406
Seattle Campus

Natural Products Chemistry

Provides knowledge of chemistry of aqueous and solvent-rich systems, natural and synthetic polymers, and of interactions with inorganic materials and trace substances present in biomass processing systems. Covers the chemistry of lignocellulosic biomass components: cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, and extractives. Presents the fundamental chemistry of biomass conversion process. Prerequisite: either CHEM 237 or CHEM 335. Offered: A.

Class description

Physical and chemical processes used in conversion of biomass to pulp and paper, fuel, biochemicals and energy are strongly affected by the interactions of the natural plant polymers, synthetic polymers and inorganic agents present or added to the processing systems. This course covers the chemistry of natural polymers in lignocellulosic biomass-celluloses, hemicelluloses, lignin, and extractives. BSE 406 describes structure and chemistry of lignocellulosic biomass, as well as chemistry behind conversion of biomass into various products. Prerequisite: either CHEM 237 or CHEM 335. This course is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students in the Bioresource Science and Engineering Program with information on the chemical structure of lignocellulosic biomass and the reactions involved in the production of chemicals and fibers from biomass feedstocks. Students will learn about the physical and chemical processes that are the basis for biomass conversion and will apply this understanding to reaction type and rates, process yields, and the product quality for lignocellulosic biomass conversion systems.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Renata Bura
Date: 09/27/2011