The Future of Biorefining

The IMPRESS e-platform


The IMPRESS e-platform called the Future of Biorefining is an online learning environment that combines the main technologies applied in the IMPRESS project, their main advantages and project results.

The content is divided in three separate modules:

  • The first module deals with the separation processes required in biorefineries and the theory behind them; basics of mass transfer, distillation, crystallization, adsorption and simulated moving bed technology (SMB), and membrane filtration.
  • The second module deals with process design and analysis. The module is divided into two parts; conceptual process design (CPD) and life cycle assessment (LCA).
  • The third module deals with the processing of biomass into sugars and other products that can replace fossil raw materials.

We shall start opening the course in parts as they are finished. You can find updated info regarding the opening dates from the project homepage in the news section.


Opening time schedule

Module 1: Separation and purification processes in biorefineries

Mass transfer                                                          – open in Q4 2021

Distillation                                                               – open in Q1 2022

Crystallization                                                         – open in Q2 2022

Adsorption                                                              – open in Q3 2022

Membrane technology                                       – open in Q3 2022

Simulated moving bed                                       – open in Q3 2022


Module 2: Process design and analysis

Conceptual process design                                – open in Q3 2022

Life cycle assessment                                            – open in Q2 2022


Module 3: Conversion technologies

Dawn technology                                                 – open in Q4 2022

Ray technology                                                     – open in Q4 2022

Xylitol/Fodder yeast production                       – open in Q3 2022

Lignin nanospheres                                             – open in Q3 2022

Lignin activated carbon                                     – open in Q2 2022


How to sign in?

The Future of Biorefining learning environment is free and open for everyone. You only need to sign in to get started. Here are step by step instructions on how to sign in.

  1. Go to
  2. You can change the language from the top
  3. Sign up from the upper right corner
  4. Agree the Agreement of use
  5. Fill in the required fields
  6. Confirm the email address in your email
  7. Log in with your username and password
  8. Search for the course: The Future of Biorefining
  9. All three modules can be accessed through this course.




Enrol now for the Mass transfer course!




Master the principles and mechanisms of mass transfer!

The course includes:

  • Design principles of the industrial processes
  • Safety and economics





This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 869993.