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.

Huck Affiliations


Publication Tags

Lignin Biomass Biofuels Agriculture Economics Energy Food Acids Crop Production Life Cycle Cellulose Carboxylic Acids Ethanol Crops Greenhouse Gases Biodiversity Climate Carbon Plant Cells Soybeans Climate Change Zea Mays Sales Membranes Poverty

Most Recent Publications

Meeting global challenges with regenerative agriculture producing food and energy

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

Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on pharmaceuticals in wastewater treated for beneficial reuse: Two case studies in central Pennsylvania

Kathryn R. Hayden, Matthew J. Jones, Kyle R. Elkin, Michael J. Shreve, William Irvin Clees, Shirley Clark, Michael L. Mashtare, Tamie L. Veith, Herschel Adams Elliott, John Earl Watson, Justin Silverman, Thomas L. Richard, Andrew Fraser Read, Heather E. Preisendanz, 2022, Journal of Environmental Quality

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

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

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

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

John R. Hannon, Lee R. Lynd, Onofre Andrade, Pahola Thathiana Benavides, Gregg T. Beckham, Mary J. Biddy, Nathan Brown, Mateus F. Chagas, Brian H. Davison, Thomas Foust, Tassia L. Junqueira, Mark S. Laser, Zhenglong Li, Tom Richard, Ling Tao, Gerald A. Tuskan, Michael Wang, Jeremy Woods, Charles E. Wyman, 2020, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 12576-12583

A. N. Hristov, M. T. Harper, G. Roth, C. Canale, P. Huhtanen, T. L. Richard, K. DiMarco, 2020, Journal of Dairy Science on p. 2333-2346

Most-Cited Papers

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

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

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

Effects of laccase on lignin depolymerization and enzymatic hydrolysis of ensiled corn stover

Qin Chen, Megan N. Marshall, Scott M. Geib, Ming Tien, Tom L. Richard, 2012, Agricultural Wastes on p. 186-192

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

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

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

News Articles Featuring Tom Richard

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.