Tom Richard

Director, Institutes of Energy and the Environment
Titles and Affiliations
Director of Institute, Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Research Summary

Applies fundamental engineering science to microbial ecosystems, developing innovative strategies for a more sustainable agriculture and the emerging bio-based economy. Particular emphasis is on microbial processes that occur in three-phase porous media. These porous media systems are referred to variously as solid-state fermentation in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and food processing industries; composting in the manure management and solid waste realms; ensilage on dairy and beef cattle farms; and soils in agroecosystems.

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Recent Publications

The potential for expanding sustainable biogas production and some possible impacts in specific countries

Dale, B. E., Bozzetto, S., Couturier, C., Fabbri, C., Hilbert, J. A., Ong, R., Richard, T., Rossi, L., Thelen, K. D. & Woods, J., Nov 1 2020, In: Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. 14, 6, p. 1335-1347 13 p.

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Robust paths to net greenhouse gas mitigation and negative emissions via advanced biofuels

Field, J. L., Richard, T. L., Smithwick, E. A. H., Cai, H., Laser, M. S., LeBauer, D. S., Long, S. P., Paustian, K., Qin, Z., Sheehan, J. J., Smith, P., Wang, M. Q. & Lynd, L. R., Sep 8 2020, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 117, 36, p. 21968-21977 10 p.

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Technoeconomic and life-cycle analysis of single-step catalytic conversion of wet ethanol into fungible fuel blendstocks

Hannon, J. R., Lynd, L. R., Andrade, O., Benavides, P. T., Beckham, G. T., Biddy, M. J., Brown, N., Chagas, M. F., Davison, B. H., Foust, T., Junqueira, T. L., Laser, M. S., Li, Z., Richard, T., Tao, L., Tuskan, G. A., Wang, M., Woods, J. & Wyman, C. E., Jun 9 2020, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 117, 23, p. 12576-12583 8 p.

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Effects of ensiling time on corn silage neutral detergent fiber degradability and relationship between laboratory fiber analyses and in vivo digestibility

Hristov, A. N., Harper, M. T., Roth, G. W., Canale, C., Huhtanen, P., Richard, T. L. & DiMarco, K., Mar 2020, In: Journal of dairy science. 103, 3, p. 2333-2346 14 p.

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Anaerobic bioprocessing of wastewater-derived duckweed: Maximizing product yields in a biorefinery value cascade

Calicioglu, O., Richard, T. L. & Brennan, R. A., Oct 2019, In: Bioresource technology. 289, 121716.

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Economic comparative advantage of willow biomass in the Northeast USA

Langholtz, M., Eaton, L., Davis, M., Shedden, M., Brandt, C., Volk, T. & Richard, T., Jan 1 2019, In: Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. 13, 1, p. 74-85 12 p.

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Corn stover harvest N and energy budgets in central Iowa

Malone, R. W., Herbstritt, S., Ma, L., Richard, T. L., Cibin, R., Gassman, P. W., Zhang, H. H., Karlen, D. L., Hatfield, J. L., Obrycki, J. F., Helmers, M. J., Jaynes, D. B., Kaspar, T. C., Parkin, T. B. & Fang, Q. X., May 1 2019, In: Science of the Total Environment. 663, p. 776-792 17 p.

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Effect of pH and temperature on microbial community structure and carboxylic acid yield during the acidogenic digestion of duckweed 09 Engineering 0907 Environmental Engineering 06 Biological Sciences 0605 Microbiology 09 Engineering 0904 Chemical Engineering

Calicioglu, O., Shreve, M. J., Richard, T. L. & Brennan, R. A., Oct 8 2018, In: Biotechnology for Biofuels. 11, 1, 275.

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Enhancing carboxylic acid yields from duckweed by acidogenic digestion

Calicioglu, O., Shreve, M. J., Urban, N. L., Richard, T. L. & Brennan, R. A., May 2018, In: European Biomass Conference and Exhibition Proceedings. 2018, 26thEUBCE, p. 953-956 4 p.

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Bridging biofuel sustainability indicators and ecosystem services through stakeholder engagement

Dale, V. H., Kline, K. L., Richard, T. L., Karlen, D. L. & Belden, W. W., Jul 2018, In: Biomass and Bioenergy. 114, p. 143-156 14 p.

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