CHE 597A: Food and Energy Farms - Challenges to Sustainable Production on a Crowded Planet

By Rakesh Agrawal

Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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Abstract

With the world approaching a "full earth" scenario, there will increasingly be stress put upon our food, energy, and water resources. A major challenge facing humanity is the need to sustainably co-produce these resources from the same land. This course seeks to integrate knowledge from chemical engineering, agricultural engineering, biological engineering, electrical engineering, and agronomy to prepare students to tackle challenges in the food-energy-water nexus.

References

  • Connor, David J., Robert S. Loomis, and Kenneth G. Cassman, Crop ecology: productivity and management in agricultural systems, Cambridge University Press, 2011.
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  • Michael E. Webber, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival, (Yale Press, 2016).
  • Thomas W. Hertel and Uris Lantz C. Baldos, Global Change and the Challenges of Sustainably Feeding a Growing Planet, (Springer, 2017).
  • Richard Rhodes, Energy: A Human History, (Simon & Schuster, 2018

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  • Rakesh Agrawal (2019), "CHE 597A: Food and Energy Farms - Challenges to Sustainable Production on a Crowded Planet," http://nanohub.org/resources/31100.

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Forney Hall, Room 1043, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Lecture Number/Topic Online Lecture Video Lecture Notes Supplemental Material Suggested Exercises
CHE 597A Lecture 1A: A History of Few, Energy & Water View HTML
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CHE 597A Lecture 1B: A History of Few, Energy & Water View HTML
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CHE 597A Lecture 2: Current Picture of Energy Use in USA View HTML
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CHE 597A Lecture 3: The Origins of Agriculture View HTML
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CHE 597A Lecture 4: Classification of Crops YouTube
CHE 597A Lecture 5: TBD YouTube
CHE 597A Lecture 6: TBD YouTube
CHE 597A Lecture 7: TBD YouTube
CHE 597A Lecture 8: Sidebar on Soil Organic Matter, N Mineralization and C Sequestration YouTube