FACULTY

Richard Gustafson

Richard Gustafson

Professor
Biofuels and bio-based products; Process simulation; Process control; Instrument development
http://depts.washington.edu/sfrbbl/

Office: Bloedel 364
Phone: 206-543-2790 
Email: pulp@uw.edu

Graduate Interest Group(s): BIORESOURCE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

B.S., Wood and Fiber Science, University of Washington, 1977
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, 1982


A worldwide effort is underway to produce the fuels and chemicals we use every day from biomass instead of petroleum. This transformation has enormous technical and economic challenges that must be met to be successful. The bioresrouce science and engineering interest group is investigating development of integrated biorefineries that produce a range of products, from commodity fuels to high value food additives, from biomass. These biorefineries are characterized by having good process economics with minimal environmental impact. Process simulation is the major tool we use for our process development work. We work with our colleagues doing fundamental research to integrate state-of-the-art conversion technologies to produce globally optimized processes. Results from our process models are then used in economic assessments to determine financial viability and in life cycle assessments to evaluate the broad environmental impact of candidate process configurations. Our process modeling work also extends to developing new methods to measure and control critical unit operations in biorefineries. We working with chemists to develop robust probes to measure critical performance variables and developing process control strategies to maximize productivity and product quality.
Courses Taught:Quarter offered:
BSE 150 Bioresource Science and Engineering Seminar (1)Autumn
BSE 422 Bioresource Engineering III (4)Autumn
BSE 480 Bioresource Design I (4)Winter
BSE 481 Bioresource Design II (5)Spring
Current Sponsored Research:
CORRIM
Production of Aviation Biofuels
System for advanced biofuels production from woody biomass
Washington state biofuels industry development
Recent Publications:
Lippke,B, R. Gustafson, R. Venditti, T. Volk, E. Oneil, L. Johnson, M. Puettmann, and P. Steele. 2011. Sustainable biofuel contributions to carbon mitigation and energy independence. Forests 2: 861-874.
SEFS Committee Membership:Chair?
Planning Committee
Scholarship and Financial Aid Committee
Curriculum Committee