Troy Runge, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

Assistant Professor: Biomaterials, Bioenergy, Bioprocessing

Agricultural Engineering Building
Room B35
Madison, WI 53706
Tel: (608) 890-3143
Email: trunge@wisc.edu 
WI Energy Institute Building
Room 2121
1552 University Ave
Madison, WI  53726

Education and Certificates

  • B.S. - Paper Science and Engineering (University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point)
  • MS - Paper Science and Engineering (Institute of Paper Science and Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Ph.D. - Paper Science and Engineering (Institute of Paper Science and Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology)

Fields of Interest

  • Bioenergy - biomass composition impact on bioprocessing systems, including anaerobic digestion, combustion, gasification, and catalysis
  • Biomaterials - pulp, paper, bio-based chemicals, cellulose composites and nonwoven structures

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications:

    1.       David N Thompson, David; Campbell, Timothy; Bals; Bryan; Runge, Troy; Teymouri; Farzaneh; Ovard, Leslie; Chemical Preconversion: Application of Low-severity Pretreatment Chemistries for Commoditization of Lignocellulosic Feedstock. Biofuels 4(3): 323–340(2013).

    2.       Digman, M.F.; Runge, T.M.; Shinners, K.J.; Hatfield, R.D.; Wet Fractionation for Improved Utilization of Alfalfa Leaves.  Biological Engineering Transactions 6(1): 29-42 (2013).

    3.       Runge, Troy; Houtman, C. Negri, A.; Heinricher, J.; Timber Bamboo Pulp.  Tappi Journal, 12 (2): 9 -15 (2013).

    4.       Runge, Troy; Wipperfurth, Pamella; Zhang, Chunhu; Improving Biomass Combustion Quality using a Liquid Hot Water Treatment, Biofuels, Vol. 4, No. 1, Pages 73-83 (2013).

    5.       Madalika, Anurag; Runge, Troy; Enabling integrated biorefineries through High-yield Conversion of Fractionated Pentosans into Furfural,  Green Chem.,14, 3175-318 (2012).

    6.       Runge T, Zhang CH. Two-Stage Acid-Catalyzed Conversion of Carbohydrates into Levulinic Acid. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 51(8), 3265-3270 (2012).

    7.       Zhang C, Runge T. Fractionating Pentosans and Hexosans in Hybrid Poplar. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 51(1), 133-139 (2011).

    8.       Shinners, Kevin J. ; Digman, Matthew F. ; Runge, Troy M.; Biomass Logistics – Harvest and Storage; Sustainable Production of Fuels, Chemicals, and Fibers from Forest Biomass.  ACS Publications. January 1, 2011, 65-86.

    9.       Laccase N-Hydroxybenzotriazole Full-Sequence Bleaching with Hydrogen Peroxide and Chlorine Dioxide. Sealey, J.E., Runge, T.M., Ragauskas, A.J., TAPPI J., 83(9), 66(2000).

    10.   Facile Detection of Ortho- and Para-Quinone Structures in Residual Lignin by 31P NMR Spectroscopy. Zawadzki, M.; Runge, T.; Ragauskas, A.J., J. Pulp Paper Science, 26(3), 102(2000).

    11.   Investigation of ortho- and para-Quinone Chromophores in Alkaline Extraction Stage Residual Lignins. Zawadzki, M.; Runge, T.; Ragauskas, A.J. In ACS Symposium Series 742, Lignin: Historical, Biological, and Materials Perspectives, Eds. Glasser, W.G.; Northey, R.A.; Schultz, T.P., ACS, Washington, 254, 505(1999).

    12.   NMR Analysis of Oxidative Alkaline Extraction Stage Lignins. Runge, T.M.; Ragauskas, A.J., Holzforschung, 53, 623(1999).

US Patents:

    1.       US Patent 8,177,939 B2. Moncla, B. M.; Wevers, R.; Liang, W.; Felix, H.; Lostocco, M.; Runge, T. M.; Dyer, T. J.; Nickel, D. J; Van Rijsbergen, J.;  Cellulose articles containing an additive composition Dow Global Technologies LLC (May 15, 2012).

    2.       US Patent 8,030,226 B2. Bradley, E. O.; Runge, T. M.; Hurley, S. M.; Uecker, C. J.; Cunningham, C. T.; Vogel, N. J.; Van Himbergen, T. J.; Bunyard, W. C.; Soerens, D. A. Wet wipes having a liquid wipe composition with anti-adhesion component. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. (October 4, 2011).

    3.       US Patent 8,029,646 B2. Moncla, B. M.; Wevers, R.; Liang, W.; Felix, H.; Van Rijsbergen, J.; Lostocco, M.; Runge, T. M.; Dyer, T. J.; Nickel, D. J. Cellulose articles containing an additive composition. Dow Global Technologies LLC. (Oct. 4, 2011)

    4.       US Patent 7,993,490 B2. Runge, T. M.; Coe, L. C. E.; Goulet, M. T.; Nishihata, R. T.; Sacon, V. M. Method for applying chemical additives to pulp during the pulp processing and products made by said method. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc. (Aug. 9, 2011).

    5.       US Patent 7,883,604 B2. Dyer, T. J.; Lostocco, M. R.; Nickel, D.; Runge, T. M. Creping process and products made therefrom. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. (February 8, 2011).

    6.       US Patent 7,879,191 B2. Dyer, T. J.; Lostocco, M. R.; Nickel, D. J.; Runge, T. M.; Zwick, K. J.; Goulet, M. T.; Timm, J. J.; Clough, P. H.; Rekoske, M. J. Wiping Products Having Enhanced Cleaning Abilities. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. (February 1, 2011).

    7.       US Patent 7,879,190 B2. Dyer, T. J.; Lostocco, M. R.; Nickel, D.; Runge, T. M.; Zwick, K. J.; Goulet, M. T.; Timm, J. J.; Clough, P. H.; Rekoske, M. J. Tissue products with controlled lint properties. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc. (February 1, 2011).

    8.       US Patent 7,879,189 B2. Dyer, T. J.; Lostocco, M. R.; Nickel, D. J.; Runge, T. M.; Zwick, K. J.; Goulet, M. T.; Timm, J. J.; Clough, P. H.; Rekoske, M. J.; Fetner, C. B. Additive compositions for treating various base sheets. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. (February 1, 2011).

    9.       US Patent 7,879,188 B2. Dyer, T. J.; Lostocco, M. R.; Nickel, D.; Runge, T. M.; Zwick, K. J.; Goulet, M. T.; Timm, J. J.; Clough, P. H.; Rekoske, M. J. Additive compositions for treating various base sheets. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc. (February 1, 2011).

    10.   US 7,842,163 B2. D. Nickel; M.R. Lostocco; T.J. Dyer; T.M. Runge. Embossed tissue products Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. (Nov. 30, 2010).

    11.   US 7,837,832 B2. C.B. Fetner; T.J. Dyer; M.R. Lostocco; D.J. Nickel; T.M. Runge; K.J. Zwick; M.T. Goulet; J.J. Timm; P.H. Clough; M.J. Rekoske. Additive compositions for treating various base sheets. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. (Nov. 23, 2010).

    12.   US 7,837,831 B2. T.J. Dyer; M.R. Lostocco; D. Nickel; T.M. Runge. Tissue products containing a polymer dispersion Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. (Nov. 23, 2010).

    13.   US 7,820,010 B2. M.R. Lostocco;T.J. Dyer;D. Nickel;T.M. Runge;J.W. Baker;T.G. Shannon 2010 Treated tissue products having increased strength Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Treated tissue products having increased strength (Oct. 26, 2010).

    14.   US 7,803,250 B2. T.J. Dyer; M.R. Lostocco; D.J. Nickel; T.M. Runge; K.J. Zwick; M.T. Goulet; J.J. Timm; P.H. Clough; M.J. Rekoske. Wiping products having enhanced cleaning abilities. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. (Sep. 28, 2010).

    15.   US 7,803,249 B2. T.J. Dyer; M.R. Lostocco; D.J. Nickel; T.M. Runge; K.J. Zwick; M.T. Goulet; J.J. Timm; P.H. Clough; M.J. Rekoske. Wiping products with controlled lint properties. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide (Sep. 28, 2010).

    16.   US 7,749,356 B2. Patent T.M. Runge; L.C.E. Coe; M.T. Goulet; R.T. Nishihata; V.M. Sacon. Method for using water insoluble chemical additives with pulp and products made by said method Kimberly-Clark Worldwide (July 6, 2010).

    17.   US 7,670,967 B2. T.M. Runge; R.W. Tanzer; K.D. Branham; D.W. Koenig; L.M. Kroll; J. Mitchell; M.R. Lostocco; M.R. Lehman; W.C. Bunyard. Dispersible alcohol/cleaning wipes via topical or wet-end application of acrylamide or vinylamide/amine polymers Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. (Mar. 2, 2010).

    18.   US 7,670,459 B2 G.B.D. Garnier; M.R. Lostocco; T.M. Runge; T.H. Schulz. Soft and durable tissue products containing a softening agent Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. (Mar. 2, 2010).

    19.   US 7,588,662 B2. F.J. Lang; P.H. Clough; T.J. Dyer;M.T. Goulet;K.C. Liu; M.R. Lostocco; D.J. Nickel; M.J. Rekoske; T.M. Runge; M.L. Seabaugh. Tissue products containing non-fibrous polymeric surface structures and a topically-applied softening composition. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc. (Sep. 15 2009).

    20.   US 7,479,578 B2. G.B.D. Garnier; E.A. Allison; M.A. Berceau; T.M. Runge. Highly wettable—highly flexible fluff fibers and disposable absorbent products made of those Kimberly-Clark Worldwide (Jan. 20, 2009)

    21.   US 6,984,290 B2.  T.M. Runge; L.C.E. Coe; M.T. Goulet; S.H. Hu. Method for applying water insoluble chemical additives with to pulp fiber. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. (Jan. 10, 2006).

    22.   US 6,964,725 B2.  TG Shannon; JD Lorenz; DA Moline; TM Runge; TH Schulz. Soft tissue products containing selectively treated fibers Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. (Nov. 15, 2005).

    23.   US 6,949,166 B2. A.P. Bakken; T.M. Runge; K.J. Zwick. Single ply webs with increased softness having two outer layers and a middle layer. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. (Sep. 27, 2005).

    24.   US 6,824,650 B2. J. Lindsay; T.G. Shannon ;M. Goulet; M. Lostocco; T. Runge; K. Branham; L. Flugge; J. Foster; F. Lang; T. Sun. Fibrous materials treated with a polyvinylamine polymer Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. (Nov. 30, 2004).

    25.   US 6,607,635 B2. A.P. Bakken; T.M. Runge; K.J. Zwick. Process for increasing the softness of base webs and products made therefrom. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. (Aug. 19, 2003).

    26.   US Pat. 6,984,290B2. Runge, T., L. Coe, M. Goulet, R. Nishihata & V. Sacon. Method for applying chemical additives to pulp during the pulp processing and products made by said method. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc. (December 19, 2003)

    27.   US Pat. 6,949,166B2. Bakken, A., T. Runge & K. Zwick. Single ply webs with increased softness having two outer layers and a middle layer. Kimberly-Clark Corporation. (January 30, 2003)

    28.   US Pat. 6,582,560B2. Runge, T., L. Coe, M. Goulet & S. Hu. Method for Using Water Insoluble Chemical Additives with Pulp and Products Made by Said Method. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc. (March 7, 2001)

    29.   US 5,415,320 481B2. Patent A.M. North; T.M. Runge; L.M. Paulson. Upright facial tissue carton. Kimberly-Clark Corp. Upright facial tissue carton. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide. (September 20, 1993).

Expertise Summary

Troy Runge is an Assistant Professor in the Biological Systems Engineering in CALS where he performs research and teaches in the bioenergy field. Troy is a lignocellulose chemist by training and has Pulp and Paper Science degrees including a B.S. from UW-Stevens Point and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Troy spent several years at UW as the Director of the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative, and prior to that spent fifteen years working at Kimberly-Clark Corporation in a variety of research and engineering roles for pulp, tissue, nonwoven, and hygiene product production. Troy is currently working in several aspects of bioenergy and bio-based materials with an emphasis on biomass composition and separation technologies.