Tom Richard

Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Tom Richard

Research Summary

Application of fundamental engineering science to microbial ecosystems, developing innovative strategies for a more sustainable agriculture and the emerging bio-based economy.

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Biomass Biofuels Agriculture Energy Lignin Wastewater Crops Food Economics Greenhouse Gases Acids Life Cycle Glucose Crop Production Carboxylic Acids Carbon Bioenergy Ethanol Biodiversity Climate Soybeans Plant Cells Proteins Climate Change Wastewater Treatment

Most Recent Publications

Steph Herbstritt, Tom L. Richard, Sergio H. Lence, Huaiqing Wu, Peter L. O’Brien, Bryan D. Emmett, Tom C. Kaspar, Douglas L. Karlen, Keith Kohler, Robert W. Malone, 2022, Agriculture (Switzerland)

Lisa A. Schulte, Bruce E. Dale, Stefano Bozzetto, Matt Liebman, Glaucia M. Souza, Nick Haddad, Tom L. Richard, Bruno Basso, Robert C. Brown, Jorge A. Hilbert, J. Gordon Arbuckle, 2022, Nature Sustainability on p. 384-388

Kathryn Hayden, Matthew Jones, Kyle Elkin, Michael Shreve, William Clees, Shirley Clark, Michael L. Mashtare, Tamie Veith, Hershel Elliott, John Watson, Justin Silverman, Thomas L. Richard, Andrew F. Read, Heather E. Preisendanz, 2022, Journal of Environmental Quality on p. 1066-1082


Daniel Ciolkosz, Berrak Memis, Tom L. Richard, 2022, Journal of the ASABE on p. 1201-1209

Redefining marginal land for bioenergy crop production

Madhu Khanna, Luoye Chen, Bruno Basso, Ximing Cai, John Field, Kaiyu Guan, Chongya Jiang, Tyler Lark, Thomas Richard, Seth Spawn‐Lee, Seth A. Spawn-Lee, Pan Yang, Katherine Y. Zipp, 2021, GCB Bioenergy on p. 1590-1609

Techno-economic Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment of an Integrated Wastewater-Derived Duckweed Biorefinery

Ozgul Calicioglu, Pandara Valappil Femeena, Christopher L. Mutel, Deborah L. Sills, Tom L. Richard, Rachel A. Brennan, 2021, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering on p. 9395-9408

Designing circularity into corn-soybean systems

Bruno Basso, James Jones, Tom Richard, Charles Sukup, Lalit Verma, Marty Matlock, Rabi Mohtar, Stephanie Herbstritt, Rafael Martinez-Feria, 2021, Resource: Engineering and Technology for Sustainable World on p. 10-14

Felipe Montes, Eric S. Fabio, Lawrence B. Smart, Tom L. Richard, A. Rodrigo Masip, Armen R. Kemanian, 2021, Journal of Production Agriculture on p. 1287-1302

Bruce E. Dale, Stefano Bozzetto, Christian Couturier, Claudio Fabbri, Jorge A. Hilbert, Rebecca Ong, Tom Richard, Lorella Rossi, Kurt D. Thelen, Jeremy Woods, 2020, Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining on p. 1335-1347

John L. Field, Tom L. Richard, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Hao Cai, Mark S. Laser, David S. LeBauer, Stephen P. Long, Keith Paustian, Zhangcai Qin, John J. Sheehan, Pete Smith, Michael Q. Wang, Lee R. Lynd, 2020, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 21968-21977

Most-Cited Papers

Gustavo G.T. Camargo, Matthew R. Ryan, Tom L. Richard, 2013, BioScience on p. 263-273

Susan Carroll, J. William Carey, David Dzombak, Nicolas J. Huerta, Li Li, Tom Richard, Wooyong Um, Stuart D.C. Walsh, Liwei Zhang, 2016, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control on p. 149-160

Take a closer look: Biofuels can support environmental, economic and social goals

Bruce E. Dale, James E. Anderson, Robert C. Brown, Steven Csonka, Virginia H. Dale, Gary Herwick, Randall D. Jackson, Nicholas Jordan, Stephen Kaffka, Keith L. Kline, Lee R. Lynd, Carolyn Malmstrom, Rebecca G. Ong, Tom L. Richard, Caroline Taylor, Michael Q. Wang, 2014, Environmental Science & Technology on p. 7200-7203

John L. Field, Tom L. Richard, Erica A.H. Smithwick, Hao Cai, Mark S. Laser, David S. LeBauer, Stephen P. Long, Keith Paustian, Zhangcai Qin, John J. Sheehan, Pete Smith, Michael Q. Wang, Lee R. Lynd, 2020, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 21968-21977

Integrated acidogenic digestion and carboxylic acid separation by nanofiltration membranes for the lignocellulosic carboxylate platform

Boya Xiong, Tom L. Richard, Manish Kumar, 2015, Journal of Membrane Science on p. 275-283

Weiguo Liu, Jingxin Wang, Tom L. Richard, Damon S. Hartley, Sabrina Spatari, Timothy A. Volk, 2017, Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining on p. 633-647

Cellulosic biofuel potential of a winter rye double crop across the U.S. corn-soybean belt

Gary W. Feyereisen, Gustavo G.T. Camargo, Ryan E. Baxter, John M. Baker, Tom L. Richard, 2013, Journal of Production Agriculture on p. 631-642

Nikki Kapp, William J. Barnes, Tom L. Richard, Charles T. Anderson, 2015, Journal of Experimental Botany on p. 4295-4304

Development of a clickable designer monolignol for interrogation of lignification in plant cell walls

Natalie Bukowski, Jyotsna L. Pandey, Lucas Doyle, Tom L. Richard, Charles T. Anderson, Yimin Zhu, 2014, Bioconjugate Chemistry on p. 2189-2196

Xiongjun Shao, Kay Dimarco, Tom L. Richard, Lee R. Lynd, 2015, Biotechnology for Biofuels

News Articles Featuring Tom Richard

Scientist sees Penn State as a 'living lab' for climate action

With the University working to draw down greenhouse gas emissions and reduce its carbon footprint, plant biologist Charlie Anderson is likewise advancing the cause of a greener, more-sustainable future through research and advocacy.

Researcher gets grant to study biofilters to reduce livestock facility methane

A scientist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to lead a team conducting research on using biofilters to mitigate methane from enteric emissions produced in livestock facilities.

New art installation reflects Penn State research on energy and environment

Visitors to the Energy and the Environment Laboratory (EEL) on Penn State’s University Park campus will now find themselves greeted by a trio of large eels. A new metal wall sculpture featuring three individually themed eels has been permanently installed in the lobby of the EEL building.

Wastewater sampling may give advanced warning of potential COVID-19 outbreaks

Wastewater sampling for coronavirus on campus and in the surrounding community could alert University decision makers to a potential outbreak several days before individuals exhibit symptoms of an infection. The initiative — part of Penn State’s multilayered approach to test, monitor and mitigate for COVID-19 — could enable leaders to take swift actions to minimize the virus’s spread with the goal of helping to protect the health and safety of the community.

Advanced biofuels show promise for replacing some fossil fuels

Plant-based biofuels can play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and growing these crops in certain landscapes offers net climate benefits compared to other land use options, according to a team of international scientists.