Environmental Biotechnology


Environmental Biotechnology

(Code: 244KEY, Course outline)

Semester:  5 Teaching Credits: 3 ECTS: 5 Type: Compulsory
Prerequisite Courses: Course type: Special background Instructor: Fountoulakis M.

Knowledge

– To describe the basic principles of microbiology and biochemical processes related with waste and wastewater treatment

– To recognize products produced by microorganisms during treatment

– To describe existing and emerging technologies that are important in the area of environmental biotechnology

Skills

–  To distinguish the appropriate biological process for the treatment of waste and wastewater

–  To determine microbial growth rates, biomass yield, substrate concentration and removal rate using basic chemostat theory

Competence

– To design the appropriate bioprocess in relation with characteristics of wastes

– To combine different biological processes for waste and wastewater treatment

Topics pr week:
  1. Introduction to Environmental Biotechnology
  2. Bioprocess kinetics and types of bioreactors
  3. Composting
  4. Laboratory exercise- Solid waste composting- preparation and monitoring of process
  5. Membrane bioreactors
  6. Biofuels
  7. Anaerobic digestion
  8. Design of anaerobic digesters
  9. Laboratory exercise- Biochemical methane potential tests
  10. Soil bioremediation
  11. Algae Biotechnology
  12. Microbial fuel cells
  13. Laboratory exercise- Algae growth
Theory – Lectures
(hours / week):
2
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week):
1
Other Activities:  –
Grading: A. Compulsory final examination (60%)

– Multiple choice questionnaires

– Short-answer questions

– Problem solving

B. Laboratory exercises (10%)

C. Two team assays (30%)

Notes:
Basic Textbook:
  • Λυμπεράτος Γ., Παύλου Σ. 2010. Εισαγωγή στη Βιοχημική Μηχανική. Εκδόσεις Τζιόλα, ISBN: 978-960-418-290-9
  • Shule, M.L, Kargi F. 2005. Μηχανική Βιοδιεργασιών. Εκδόσεις ΕΜΠ., ISBN: 960-254-653-0
  • Ντούγιας Σ., Αιβαζίδης Α., Μελίδης Π. 2012. Περιβαλλοντική Μικροβιολογία, Εκδόσεις Έμβρυο, ISBN: 978-960-8002-66-1
Bibliography:
  • Λυμπεράτος Γ., Παύλου Σ. 2010. Εισαγωγή στη Βιοχημική Μηχανική. Εκδόσεις Τζιόλα, ISBN: 978-960-418-290-9
  • Shule, M.L, Kargi F. 2005. Μηχανική Βιοδιεργασιών. Εκδόσεις ΕΜΠ., ISBN: 960-254-653-0
  • Ντούγιας Σ., Αιβαζίδης Α., Μελίδης Π. 2012. Περιβαλλοντική Μικροβιολογία, Εκδόσεις Έμβρυο, ISBN: 978-960-8002-66-1
  • Rittmann B.E., Perry L. 2001. Environmental Biotechnology: Principles and Applications. McCarty, McGraw-Hill Education – Europe, ISBN: 978-0071181846.
  • Evans GM, Furlong JC. 2003. Environmental Biotechnology. Theory and Application. Willey and Sons, ISBN: 0-470-84372-1
Language:  The course is taught in Greek. For exchange students, English literature is proposed and examinations are given in English.
Internet Links:
  1. Water Research, Elsevier
  2. Bioresource Technology, Elsevier
  3. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Springer
  4. Environmental Science and Technology, ACS Publications
  5. Waste Management, Elsevier