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One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592
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Dr. Hongmei Gu
Dr. Hongmei Gu

Hongmei Gu

Economics, Statistics and Life Cycle Analysis Research
Unit: FPL-4851
Research Forest Products Technologist
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI
United States
53726

Phone: 608-231-9589
Fax: 608-231-9508
hongmeigu@fs.fed.us

Current Research

Life Cycle Analysis on Biofuel, Bioproducts from forest or mill residues using modular biomass gasification system.Life Cycle primary energy and carbon footprint of recovering wood from buildings for reuse and comparing to virgin wood building materials.


Research Interest

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.


Past Research

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;


Research Importance

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.


Education

  • 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

Professional Experience

  • Forest Products Technologist, USDA Forest Products Laboratory 2013 - Current Carrying research on LCA for Biofuel and Bioproducts 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;

Professional Organizations

  • Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST), Member 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. (1997 - Current)
  • Forest Products Society (FPS), Member Presenting research at the annual conferences; being a judge for Students' Poster competition; (1997 - 2007)
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST), Chair Of The Visiting Scientist Committee Update the Visiting Scientists profile, communicating with the members, soliciting the applications, and evaluating the applications. (1997 - 2007)
  • Graduate Student Assembly At Virginia Tech, Chair Being the vice chair on the Budget Board committee, screening the budget reports and applications from different graduate students organizations at Virginia Tech; Evaluating and awarding the budget applications every year; (1997 - 2000)

Awards

  • 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

Below are the 20 US Forest Service publications sorted by year. You may re-sort the list by: Title, Date Posted, Category, Publication or Year.

Publication Year: 2017
 
Title: Life cycle analysis of biochar [Chapter 3]
Source: In: Bruckman, Viktor; Varol, Esin Apaydin; Uzun, Basak; Liu, Jay, eds. Biochar: A Regional Supply Chain Approach in View of Climate Change Mitigation. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 46-69.
Author(s) Bergman, Richard D.; Gu, Hongmei; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S.; Anderson, Nathaniel M.
Year: 2017   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2016
 
Title: Estimating GHG Emissions from the Manufacturing of Field-Applied Biochar Pellets
Source: Proceedings of the 59th International Convention of Society of Wood Science and Technology
Author(s) Bergman, Richard D.; Zhang, Hanwen; Englund, Karl; Windell, Keith; Gu, Hongmei
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Life cycle assessment and environmental building declaration for "design building"
Source: fplrip-4851-015-Athena-Gu-OConnor
Author(s) Gu, Hongmei; O’Conner, Jennifer
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Life-Cycle Assessment of a Distributed-Scale Thermochemical Bioenergy Conversion System
Source: Wood and Fiber Science, 48(2), 2016, pp. 129-141; 2016.
Author(s) Gu, Hongmei; Bergman, Richard
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2015
 
Title: Engineered Molded Fiberboard Panels and Methods of Making and Using the Same
Source: U.S. Patent B2 8,936,699. January 20, 2015. 24 pgs. Int. Classif. D21J 1/04.
Author(s) Noble, Robert; Hunt, John; Newburn, Timothy; Gu, Hongmei
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Title: LCA Study for Pilot Scale Production of Cellulose Nano Crystals (CNC) from Wood Pulp
Source: Proceedings from the LCA XV Conference
Author(s) Gu, Hongmei; Reiner, Richard; Bergman, Richard; Rudie, Alan
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Life-cycle GHG emissions of electricity from syngas produced by pyrolyzing woody biomass
Source: Proceedings of the 58th International Convention of Society of Wood Science and Technology June 7-12, 2015 Jackson Lake Lodge, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA, pp. 376-389.
Author(s) Gu, Hongmei; Bergman, Richard
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2014
 
Title: Life-Cycle Inventory Analysis of Bioproducts from a Modular Advanced Biomass Pyrolysis System
Source: In: Proceedings, Society of Wood Science and Technology 57th International Convention. June 23-27, 2014. Zvolen, Slovakia: 2014; pp. 405-415.
Author(s) Bergman, Richard, PhD.; Gu, Hongmei
Year: 2014   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2013
 
Title: Engineered Molded Fiberboard Panels and Methods of Making and Using the Same
Source: U.S. Patent 8,297,027 B2. October 30, 2012; 23 p. Int. Classif. E04C 2/32.
Author(s) Noble, Robert; Gu, Hongmei; Newburn, Timothy; Mahoney, James; Hunt, John
Year: 2013   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Engineered Molded Fiberboard Panels, Methods of Making the Panels, and Products Fabricated From the Panels
Source: U.S. Patent 8,475,894 B2. July 2, 2013; 43 p. Int. Classif. B32B 3/12.
Author(s) Noble, Robert; Hunt, John; Gu, Hongmei; Newburn, Timothy ; Mahoney, James ; Lassegard, Coleen
Year: 2013   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Life-Cycle Energy and GHG Emissions for New and Recovered Softwood Framing Lumber and Hardwood Flooring Considering End-of-Life Scenarios
Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Research Paper, FPL-RP-672, 2013; 35 p.
Author(s) Bergman, Richard D., PhD.; Falk, Robert H.; Gu, Hongmei; Napier, Thomas R.; Meil, Jamie
Year: 2013   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2012
 
Title: Life Cycle Primary Energy and Carbon Analysis of Recovering Softwood Framing Lumber and Hardwood Flooring for Reuse
Source: In: Proceedings , Instruments for Green Futures Markets, American Center for Life Cycle Assessment XI Conference, October 4-6, 2011; copyright 2012. pp. 44-52.
Author(s) Bergman, Richard D., PhD.; Gu, Hongmei; Napier, Thomas R.; Salazar, James; Falk, Robert H.
Year: 2012   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2010
 
Title: Using Reclaimed Lumber and Wood Flooring in Construction: Measuring Environmental Impact Using Life-Cycle Inventory Analysis
Source: Proceedings of the International Convention of Society of Wood Science and Technology and
Author(s) Bergman, Richard D.; Gu, Hongmei; Falk, Robert H.; Napier, Thomas R.
Year: 2010   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2008
 
Title: Theoretical thermal conductivity equation for uniform density wood cells
Source: Wood and fiber science. Vol. 40, no. 2 (Apr. 2008): Pages 167-180
Author(s) Hunt, John F.; Gu, Hongmei; Lebow, Patricia
Year: 2008   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2007
 
Title: Two-dimensional finite element heat transfer model of softwood. Part III, Effect of moisture content on thermal conductivity
Source: Wood and fiber science. Vol. 39, no. 1 (2007): p. 159-166.
Author(s) Gu, Hongmei; Hunt, John F.
Year: 2007   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2006
 
Title: Two-dimensional finite element heat transfer model of softwood. Part I, Effective thermal conductivity
Source: Wood and fiber science. Vol. 38, no. 4 (2006): pages 592-598.
Author(s) Hunt, John F.; Gu, Hongmei
Year: 2006   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Two-dimensional finite element heat transfer model of softwood. Part II, Macrostructural effects
Source: Wood and fiber science. Vol. 38, no. 4 (2006): pages 599-608.
Author(s) Gu, Hongmei; Hunt, John F.
Year: 2006   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2005
 
Title: Development of new microwave-drying and straightening technology for low-value curved timber
Source: Research Note FPL-RN-0296. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 4 p.
Author(s) Hunt, John F.; Gu, Hongmei; Walsh, Philip; Winandy, Jerrold E.
Year: 2005   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2004
 
Title: Finite element analyses of two dimensional, anisotropic heat transfer in wood
Source: 2004 International ANSYS Conference : Pittsburgh, PA, May 24-26, 2004. [S.l. : s.n., 2004]: 13 pages.
Author(s) Hunt, John F.; Gu, Hongmei
Year: 2004   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Two dimensional finite element heat transfer models for softwood
Source: Proceedings : 7th Pacific Rim Bio-Based Composites Symposium : Nanjing, China, October 31--November 2, 2004 : Volume 1. [S.l.] : Science & Technique Literature Press: Pages 344-354
Author(s) Gu, Hongmei; Hunt, John F.
Year: 2004   view abstract, download publication »