The German-Polish Double-Degree Program is the only internationally cooperative Master's program in biotechnology in the state of Baden-Württemberg.





Bioenergy fundamentals and basic laboratory skills

Basics of biology and bioengineering

Teaching methods Lecture/Seminar/Lab
Learning target / Competences

Students know trends, perspectives and limits of the future biobased economy. They understand the close relationship between energy, raw materials, end products, processes, equipment, and process control, and can apply their knowledge in research and development as well as production.

Duration 1
Hours per week 8.0
Classes 120
Individual / Group work: 180
Workload 300
ECTS 10.0
Credits and grades

Written examination (60 min), laboratory report(s) and presentation and defense

The module grade is the product of the individual course grades multiplied by the respective C, divided by the total C of 10 for the module.

Responsible person

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christiane Zell (Ms.)

Maximum number of participants 1
Recommended semester MBT 1
Frequency Annually (ws)

Master MBT


Biotechnological conversion processes

Type Lecture
Nr. M+V583
Hours per week 2.0
  • Biogas process: Engineering aspects, biological stages, economic and ecological aspects, current research topics
  • Biotechnological ethanol process: Microbiological background, application, current research topics
  • Biotechnological acetone/butanol process
  • Research in biotechnological conversion processes: Microbial fuel cells, microalgae technology (cultivation, oil production)


  • Khanna, M. (ed.); Scheffran, J.; Zilberman, D.: Handbook of Bioenergy Economics and Policy; E-book;
    Springer, New York, 2010
  • Deublein, D.; Steinhauser, A.: Biogas from Waste and Renewable Resources; Wiley-VCH, Weinheim,
    2nd ed. 2010
  • Blaschek, H.-P.; Ezeji, T.; Scheffran, J.: Biofuels from Agricultural Wastes and By-Products; Wiley Blackwell, 2010
  • Vertes, A. (ed.); Qureshi, N.; Yukawa, H.; Blaschek, H.-P.: Biomass to Biofuels: Strategies for Global Industries; Wiley, 2010


Bioenergy - Lab

Type Lab
Nr. M+V584
Hours per week 2.0

Students enhance their theoretical knowledge with practical aspects of exemplary bioenergy production processes.


  • Cholostiakow, T. (2017): In-situ Methanation in Biogas Reactors with regulation of Hydrogen Production Rate and pH control by addition of inorganic buffer. Master'sThesis Hochschule Offenburg

Biobased Industry

Type Lecture/seminar
Nr. M+V585
Hours per week 4.0
  1. Basics in Polymer Chemistry
    a. Definition of Polymers, Copolymers and Biopolymers
    b. Synthetic Polymers vs. Biopolymers
    c. Spatial Structure of Biopolymers
    d. R/S configuration
    e. Polysaccharides
  2. Production, sources of raw materials and biogedradabtity of Bioplastics
    a. Polylactid acid
    b. Cellulose-based plastics
    c. Starch-based plastics
    d. Polyhydroxyalkanoates
    e. Bio-derived Polyethylene
    f. Paramylon derivatives
  3. Cellulose and its derivates: chemical, physical, technical properties, applications, composition and chemical structure
    a. Nitrocellulose
    b. (Carboxy-)Methylcellulose
    c. Cellulose acetate
    d. Viscose
  4. Widely used Agro-Polymers: chemical, physical, technical properties, applications, composition and chemical structure
    a. Xanthan gum
    b. Alginate
    c. Agar
    d. Carrageenan
    e. Scleroglucan
    f. Pullulan
    g. Chitin
    h. Chitosan
    i. Pectin
    j. Galactomannans
  5. Starch and its derivates: chemical, physical, technical properties, applications, composition and chemical structure
    a. Temperature/enzymatically modified starch (Maltodextrin, Dextrin, Glucose syrup)
    b. Cyclodextrin
    c. Oxidized Amylose = Superabsorber
    d. Hydroxyethyl starch (HES)
    e. Foamed starch
  6. Production and sources of raw materials for Biofuels
    a. Bioethanol
    b. Biomethanol
    c. Biodiesel
    d. Microalgae biofuels
  7. Bioleaching
    a. Heap leaching vs. Bioleaching
    b. Bioleaching of electronic waste
  8. Synthetic routes of bio-based chemicals, applications, composition and chemical structure
    a. Methane
    b. Carbon Monoxide
    c. Methanol
    d. Ethylene
    e. Mono-Ethyleneglycol
    f. Lactic acid
    g. Propylene
    h. Acrylic acid and derivatives
    i. Butanol




  • Lewandowsky, I.: Bioeconomy. Springer; 1st ed. 2018
  • OECD: The Bioeconomy to 2030. 2009