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Life Cycle Cost Analysis for mass timber buildings in North American.
Life Cycle Analysis on Cross-laminated-timber as tall building materials.
Life Cycle Analysis on Biofuel, Bioproducts from forest or mill residues using modular biomass gasification system.
Life Cycle Analysis on Nanocellulose produced from wood chips or paper pulp at a large scale.
Life Cycle primary energy and carbon footprint of recovering wood from buildings for reuse and comparing to virgin wood building materials.
Environmental Building Declaration for mass timber buildings in North American.
Environmental impacts from Biofuel, Bioproducts and newly developed biocomposite from woody biomass using Life Cycle Analysis techniques.
Environmental Product Declaration research for wood and biomass products.
Nanocellulose materials production and applications.
Environmental impacts from woody biomass Nanocellulose production and applications.
Implementing Cellulose NanoCrystals (CNC) and Cellulose NanoFribrils (CNF) mass production pilot plant;
Model for Assessing the Climate Change Impact Associated with Wood Building Materials Reuse & recycling;
Design and produce samples of patented new 3D Engineered Fiberboard from forests and agricultural residues;
Why This Research is Important
Life cycle cost (LCC) analysis is an economic technique to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of building designs or explore trade-offs between intial costs and long-term cost savings, and to identify cost-effective systems for a given application.
Life-cycle inventories (LCIs) and Life-cycle assessments (LCAs) of wood products are critically needed 1) to support LCA calculations and material selection decisions under Green Building codes and standards and 2) to provide data needed for environmental products declarations for wood products and thereby maintain their competitiveness.
LCI and LCA information can aid wood product manufactureres and users by identifying and modifying processess that have the highest environmental impacts and thereby reduce the overall emissions. These information can also provide the policy makers with the insights to lead sustainable management practices in the forest products industries.
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Ph.D. Wood Science and Forest Products 2001
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, M.S. Wood Science and Forest Products 1998
- Beijing Forestry University, B.S. Forest Engineering 1987
- Forest Products Technologist, USDA Forest Products Laboratory
2013 - Current
Carrying research on economic impacts from mass timber buildings using LCC tool, and environmental impacts from Biofuel and Bioproducts conversion from forest and mill residues using modular Biomass thermal conversion unit.
- President, Founder, B-One Technology Consulting, LLC
2008 - 2013
Assisting Forest Products Lab with developing the first pilot line for mass producing Cellulose NanoCrystal and Cellulose NanoFribrils; Studying carbon footprints for recycled wood building materials and comparing the environmental impacts between the reused materials and virgin building materials; Developing patented 3D-engineered fiberboard using recycled or agricultural fibers;
- IUFRO Working Party 5.12.01- Life Cycle Analysis of Forest Products, Officeholder (2016 - Current)
To lead a Research Group in its scientific and business activities; To initiate and encourage the organization of meetings and scientific study tours of the Research Group and Working Parties between Congresses, to organize Research Group meetings during Congresses, to be responsible for the programme of these meetings, and normally to act as their Chair; To suggest topics or problems to involve the Research Group; To propose the programmes of work of the IUFRO Research Group and Working Parties; To prepare and distribute periodic reports of the Research Group activities To arrange for publications related to the Research Group activities;
- Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST), Member (1997 - Current)
Presenting research at SWST annual conferences; reviewing manuscripts for the Wood & Fiber Science journal related to wood physics and wood composite. Was one-term member of Wood Adward Committee, evaluating the candidates' award papers.
- Forest Products Society (FPS), Member (1997 - 2007)
Presenting research at the annual conferences; being a judge for Students' Poster competition;
- Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST), Chair Of The Visiting Scientist Committee (1997 - 2007)
Update the Visiting Scientists profile, communicating with the members, soliciting the applications, and evaluating the applications.
Awards & Recognition
- Sciety of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) George Marra Award -- First Place , 2019
The Award recognizes excellence in writing and research, given to the papers published in the four quarterly issues of Wood and Fiber Science Journal.
- Patent, 2013
Engineered Modeled Fiberboard Panels and Products Fabricated from the Panels
- The Best of Technical Paper Award, 2004
Won the award while attending and presenting a paper on "Finite Element Analyses of Two Dimensional, Anisotropic Heat Transfer in Wood using ANSYS" at the 2004 International ANSYS Conference
Featured Publications & Products
- Bergman, Richard D., PhD.; Falk, Robert H.; Gu, Hongmei; Napier, Thomas R.; Meil, Jamie. 2013. Life-Cycle Energy and GHG Emissions for New and Recovered Softwood Framing Lumber and Hardwood Flooring Considering End-of-Life Scenarios.
- Noble, Robert; Hunt, John; Newburn, Timothy; Gu, Hongmei. 2015. Engineered Molded Fiberboard Panels and Methods of Making and Using the Same.
- Noble, Robert; Gu, Hongmei; Newburn, Timothy; Mahoney, James; Hunt, John. 2012. Engineered Molded Fiberboard Panels and Methods of Making and Using the Same.
- Noble, Robert; Hunt, John; Gu, Hongmei; Newburn, Timothy ; Mahoney, James ; Lassegard, Coleen. 2013. Engineered Molded Fiberboard Panels, Methods of Making the Panels, and Products Fabricated From the Panels.
- Sahoo, Kamalakanta ; Bergman, Richard ; Alanya-Rosenbaum, Sevda ; Gu, Hongmei ; Liang, Shaobo . 2019. Life cycle assessment of forest-based products: a review.
- Gu, Hongmei; Bergman, Richard. 2018. Life cycle assessment and environmental building declaration for the design building at the University of Massachusetts.
- Gu, Hongmei ; Bergman, Richard ; Anderson, Nathaniel ; Alanya-Rosenbaum, Sevda . 2018. Life cycle assessment of activated carbon from woody biomass.
- Liang, Shaobo ; Bergman, Richard ; Gu, Hongmei . 2018. Workflow for publishing forestry LCI data through the LCA commons: a case study.
- Gu, Hongmei; Bergman, Richard. 2017. Cradle-to-grave life cycle assessment of syngas electricity from woody biomass residues.
- Bergman, Richard D.; Gu, Hongmei; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S.; Anderson, Nathaniel M. 2017. Life cycle analysis of biochar Chapter 3.
- Liang, Shaobo; Gu, Hongmei; Bergman, Richard D. 2017. Life cycle assessment of cellulosic ethanol and biomethane production from forest residues.
- Bergman, Richard D.; Zhang, Hanwen; Englund, Karl; Windell, Keith; Gu, Hongmei. 2016. Estimating GHG Emissions from the Manufacturing of Field-Applied Biochar Pellets.
- Gu, Hongmei; Bergman, Richard. 2016. Life-Cycle Assessment of a Distributed-Scale Thermochemical Bioenergy Conversion System.
- Gu, Hongmei; Reiner, Richard; Bergman, Richard; Rudie, Alan. 2015. LCA Study for Pilot Scale Production of Cellulose Nano Crystals (CNC) from Wood Pulp.
- Gu, Hongmei; Bergman, Richard. 2015. Life-cycle GHG emissions of electricity from syngas produced by pyrolyzing woody biomass.
- Bergman, Richard, PhD.; Gu, Hongmei. 2014. Life-Cycle Inventory Analysis of Bioproducts from a Modular Advanced Biomass Pyrolysis System.
- Bergman, Richard D., PhD.; Gu, Hongmei; Napier, Thomas R.; Salazar, James; Falk, Robert H. 2012. Life Cycle Primary Energy and Carbon Analysis of Recovering Softwood Framing Lumber and Hardwood Flooring for Reuse.
- Bergman, Richard D., PhD.; Gu, Hongmei; Falk, Robert H.; Napier, Thomas R. 2010. Using reclaimed lumber and wood flooring in construction : measuring environmental impact using life-cycle inventory analysis.
- Hunt, John F.; Gu, Hongmei; Lebow, Patricia. 2008. Theoretical thermal conductivity equation for uniform density wood cells.
- Gu, Hongmei; Hunt, John F. 2007. Two-dimensional finite element heat transfer model of softwood. Part III, Effect of moisture content on thermal conductivity.
- Gu, Hongmei; Hunt, John F. 2006. Two-dimensional finite element heat transfer model of softwood. Part II, Macrostructural effects.
- Hunt, John F.; Gu, Hongmei; Walsh, Philip; Winandy, Jerrold E. 2005. Development of new microwave-drying and straightening technology for low-value curved timber.
- Hunt, John F.; Gu, Hongmei. 2004. Finite element analyses of two dimensional, anisotropic heat transfer in wood.
- Gu, Hongmei; Hunt, John F. 2004. Two dimensional finite element heat transfer models for softwood.
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