Course details

  • Study time: 6-8h

  • Target audience: Bachelor/Master students/Industry/academia representatives in the field of (Bio)chemical engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome video

    • Meet the teachers

    • Learning objectives

    • What do you want to learn?

    • Have a look at what other students want to learn

    • Present yourself to your classmates

    • Become familiar with the learning platform

    • Good practices to use this learning platform

    • How to obtain your course certificate

  • 2

    What is anaerobic digestion?

    • Can you think of a place where anaerobic digestion happens?

    • Visiting a wastewater treatment plant

    • What is anaerobic digestion?

    • Test your knowledge

  • 3

    What to do with biogas?

    • What is biogas?

    • What to do with biogas?

    • Test your knowledge

  • 4

    Stoichiometry of anaerobic digestion

    • Why do we need stoichiometry?

    • Stoichiometry of anaerobic digesters

    • The Buswell equation for palmitic acid

    • Converting a volume of methane to kWh

  • 5

    Microbiology of biogas production

    • What do the microbes do in anaerobic digestion?

    • Microbiology of biogas production

    • Test your knowledge

  • 6

    Operating anaerobic digesters

    • Can you think of some reactor operational parameters?

    • Operational aspects of anaerobic digestion

    • Test your knowledge

  • 7

    Reactor design - Bring anaerobic digestion to practice

    • Do you know any industries that use anaerobic digesters to treat their waste?

    • Reactor design - Bring anaerobic digestion to practice

    • Test your knowledge

  • 8

    Anaerobic digestion reactors

    • Anaerobic digestion reactors

    • Test your knowledge

  • 9

    Case study

    • Conclusion and integrated case study

    • Case study: Design an anaerobic digestion plant

    • Case study: Solution

  • 10


    • What did you learn?

    • Read what others learned

    • Further readings

    • Help us to improve this course

    • Thanks to our sponsors



Korneel Rabaey

Prof. Korneel Rabaey Ghent University Faculty of Bioscience Engineering Department of Biotechnology


Eleftheria Ntagia

Dr. Eleftheria Ntagia Faculty of Bioscience Engineering Department of Biotechnology Ghent University