774125 Chemical technology of biobased materials

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Potthast, Antje
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


Monosaccharides, Oligosaccharides, Cellulose, Cellulose derivatives
Lignin, Hemicelluloses
Basic concepts of reactivity (carbohydrates and lignin)

Pulping :Mechanical Pulping, Chemical pulping: Kraft process, basic reactions of wood components, basic technological principles

Sulfite Pulping: Sulfite process, basic reactions of wood components, basic technological principles, recovery of chemicals, by-product utilization

Bleaching: Chlorine based bleaching, Oxygen based bleaching, bleaching technologies and basic reactions of wood components,

Pulp and paper testing methods: physical and chemical tests

Fiber production: Viscose and Tencel process - basic chemical reactions and technological principles, side reactions.

Cellulose Derivatives: cellulose acetate, carboxymethyl cellulose, methyl cellulose - preparation and application

Previous knowledge expected

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The aim of the LVA is the basic chemical and technological understanding of the production of important products from renewable resources , with special attention to the production of pulp and the resulting cellulosic products such as paper and fiber.

The reactions of the individual wood components (sugars, cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin) in the different process steps (cooking, bleaching, derivatization, further processing) will be discussed in detail, as well as quality parameters and degradation processes, for example related to the product aging.

Biorefinery concepts are discussed.
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