Klaus Dölle | Paper and Bioprocess Engineering | SUNY-ESF
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Klaus DölleAssociate Professor

 Klaus Dölle

421 Walters Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

315-470-6531 | 315-470-6501

Past and Present Courses

  • BPE/PSE 132 Introduction to Process Engineering I
  • BPE/PSE 133 Introduction to Process Engineering II
  • PSE 200 Introduction to Papermaking
  • PSE 296 Papermaking Processes (ESF-Outreach)
  • BPE 296 Biological Systems Engineering (ESF-Outreach)
  • PSE 361/561 Engineering Thermodynamics
  • PSE 437/637 Troubleshooting and Maintenance
  • PSE 468/668 Papermaking Processes https://wordsfromwalters.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/papermakers-and-printmakers/
  • PSE 467 Wet End Chemistry
  • PSE 481 Engineering Design
  • PSE 496 Special Topics
  • PSE 498 Research Problem Paper Engineering
  • PSE 552 Fiber Materials Recycling and Processes
  • PSE 596 Papermaking Experience (Syracuse University Students Only)
  • PSE 596 Research Experience Bioprocess Engineering
  • PSE 596 Research Experience Paper Engineering
  • PSE 667 Colloidal and Interface Science Applications in Papermaking
  • PSE 898 Professional Experience/Synthesis
  • BPE 430 Process Operations Laboratory
  • BPE 498 Research Problem Bioprocess Engineering
  • BPE 798 Research in Bioprocess Engineering
  • BPE 898 Professional Experience/Synthesis
  • ENS 498 Research Problems in Environmental Sciences
  • ENS 797 Environmental Science Seminar
  • ENS 798 Problem Environmental Science
  • ENS 898 Professional Experience



Paper and Bioprocess Engineering Exchange Program

This program is open to all ESF students interested in studying at the Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS), in Munich, Germany.

MUAS is located in the heart of Munich. It is the largest university of its kind in Bavaria and is the second largest in Germany. Students can choose courses taught in English from among 14 departments, including the areas of papermaking, printing, technology, economy, social studies, and design.

Munich, one of the most beautiful cities in the world is ranked as one of the safest cities in Germany.

The city of Munich, capital of the State of Bavaria, is a green city and major European cultural center, with a reputation as a high-tech location. Munich is home to headquarters of leading companies such as BMW and Siemens. Bavaria is considered one of the strongest economic regions in Europe.

Munich’s goal of being the first city with over one million inhabitants to supply electricity only through the use of renewable energies by 2025, is resulting in a massive implementation of renewable energy projects, including photovoltaic, wind, biomass and hydropower.

Interested students need departmental approval and have to submit the MUAS online application material through our International Education Office.

Interested students should first schedule an appointment per e-mail.



Current Graduate Advisees

Graduate Advisees

Richard BatesRichard Bates

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Doelle
  • Area of Study: Paper and Bioprocess Engineering
  • Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (PSE )

Aziz DemirAziz Demir

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Doelle and Chatterjee
  • Area of Study: Bioprocess Engineering

Qian WangQian Wang

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Doelle and Hussein
  • Area of Study: Water & Wetland Resource Studies
  • Undergraduate Institution: Hohai University (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Pharmaceuticals in wastewater

Favorite Quote
Create the miracles by yourself

Research Interests


  • Papermaking & related processes,
  • Paper development
  • Paper Recycling,
  • Bleaching,
  • Filler materials,
  • Energy savings,
  • Water Treatment,
  • Engineering, machine & processes design in the papermaking field.

Undergraduate Program

Graduate Program


Environmental Sciences:

  • Constructed wetlands and biofilters,
  • Water and waste water treatment,
  • Remidiation,
  • Renewable energy & processes including hydropower,
  • Recycling,
  • Composting,
  • Agricultural applications,
  • Aquaponics,
  • Engineering of biological systems,
  • Engineering, machine & process design in the chemical, biolgical sytems, and waste water field.

Undergraduate Program

Graduate Program



Research Projects

Projects are available for undergraduate research classes BPE/PSE 498 and BPE/PSE 596, internships, as well as for BS, MS and doctoral research based on available funding.

Paper Engineering:

Novel Paper Filler Development

Pulping Process Development

Novel Bleaching Process Development using Sustainable Bleaching Agents



Specialty Paper Development and Production

Scanning Electron Microscope study

Bioprocess Engineering:

Biomass characterization

Biomass pre- and post-preparation

Anaerobic and aerobic fermentation including biogas production

Biogas clean-up

Gasification of biomass

Energy conversion of syngas

Energy Conversion

Biomass Conversion into Ethanol using Fermentation

Scanning Electron Microscope study

Environmental Science:

Recycling and waste repurposing

Waste Water treatment process development

Subsurface biofilters & constructed wetlands

Water remediation with black soldier fly larva

Removal of contaminants from effluent streams using filtration 

Scanning Electron Microscope study

Composting and Heat Recovery

Salt Water Remediation using Mangrove


For more Information please contact  Dr. Klaus Doelle.




  • Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, 2002, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering, 1990, Aalen University, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor 8/2014 - present SUNY-ESF
  • Assistant Professor 3/2008 - 7/2014, SUNY-ESF
  • Professor 3/2007-2/2008, University of Applied Sciences Brandenburg, Germany
  • Voith 05/1986 – 2/2007
    • Head Engineering and Technology, 10/2004 - 2/2007 Voith Fabrics Düren, Ravensburg, Germany,
    • Manager Research and Development, Center of Product Coordination, (09/2002-9/2004) Voith Paper Fiber Systems, Ravensburg, Germany
    • Manager Research & Development Engineering, (11/1997 – 08/2002) Voith Paper Inc. Fiber Systems, Appleton, Wisconsin.
    • Development Engineer / Special Product Group Leader, (01/1995 – 10/1997) Voith Paper Fiber Systems Division, Heidenheim and Ravensburg, Germany
    • Design and Development Engineer, (10/1993 – 12/1994) Voith Paper Inc. Fiber System Division, Appleton
    • Design and Development Engineer. (10/1990 - 9/1993) J.M. Voith GmbH, Paper Stock Preparation Division
    • Machine Fitter Apprenticeship J.M. Voith GmbH, Heidenheim, Germany

Memberships, Activities, and Awards

  • New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA)
  • Water Environmental Federation (WEF)
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI)
  • ESF in the High School (ESF-Outreach)
  • ESF - SUNY Senator
  • ESF - Executive Chair of Academic Governance
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office, Certificate of Appreciation, 7/2001


Number of refereed publications, patent applications, articles, seminars, reports, etc.: >800; Number of Issued Patents: over 180 in 33 different countries.

Selected Publications


  • K. Dölle, K. Baumgartner, N.F. Goodman, A. Klitsiotisoris, (2019). Hybrid Precipitated Calcium Carbonate containing Wood Flour for Papermaking Applications-a Comparative Handsheet Study, Chemical Science International Journal, 27(2), 1-13. 
  • K. Dölle, R. Dugan, (2019), Compost Heat Recovery from Municipal Residues, Researchworld (RW), pp 12-15.
  • K. Dölle, S. Zier, (2019), Application of Cellulosic-Based Wood Additives for Recycled Paper Applications – A Pilot Paper Machine Study, TAPPI, PaperCon.
  • Dölle, K., Zier, S., Lombardi, L., Stein, T., & Winkelbauer, S. (2019). Spruce Wood Flour for Paper Applications – A Handsheet Study. Asian Journal of Chemical Sciences, 6(1), 1-11. 
  • K. Dölle, (2019), Papermaking Using Willow (Salix dasiclados) as a Hardwood Source – A Handsheet and Pilot Paper Machine Study, Asian Journal of Chemical Sciences, (AJCS), 5(2):1-16.
  • K. Dölle, J. Tong, Q. Wang, V. Lorenz, A. J. Hennwood, T. M. Dominesey, (2018), ”Water Hyacinths – Biomass and Water Purifying Potential for Agricultural Applications”, Journal of Advances in Biology & Biotechnology, (JABB), 18(3):1-9.
  • Dölle K., Honig A.,  (2018), “Laboratory Bleaching System for Oxygen and Ozone Bleaching”, Advances Asian Journal of Chemical Science (AJOCS),  4(2), 1-12.
  • Bates R., Dölle K., (2018), “Dual Fueling a Diesel engine with Producer Gas Produced from Wood chips”, Advances in Research (AIR), 14(1), 1-9.
  • Doelle K., Bajrami B., (2018), “Sodium hydroxide and calcium hydroxide hybrid oxygen bleaching with system”, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 301 (2018) 012136, 1-6.
  • Doelle K., Honig A., Piatkowski J., Kuempel C., (2018) “Manufacture of a ceramic paper for art application”, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 292 (2017) 012033, 1-6.
  • Bates R., Dölle K., (2017), “Syngas Use in Internal Combustion Engine – A Practical Approach”, International Journal for Innovative Research In Multidisciplinary Field (IRMF), 3(7), 157-165, ISSN-2455-0620.
  • Dölle K., Wang Q., Tong J., “Pharmaceuticals in Surface  Water and Waste Water Plant Effluent around the World – a Review” submitted, Asian Journal of Environment and Ecology (AJEE), 1-17.
  • Bates R., Dölle K., (2017), “Start-Up of a Pilot Scale Downdraft Imbert Style Gasifier using Willow and Sugar Maple Wood Chips”, International Journal For Innovative Research In Multidisciplinary Field (IRMF), 3(6), 379-386.
  • Burry W., Doelle K., Liu S., Appleby R., (2017) “Common Reed (Phragmites Australis) Eradicate or Utilize?  Part II: Potential Use as an Industrial Fiber Source after Hot Water Extraction” BioResources 12(3), 5697-5714.
  • Bates P.R., Dölle K., (2017), ”Syngas Use in Internal Combustion Engines – A Review” British Journal of Advances in Research (BJAIR), Vol. 10 (1), 1-8.
  • K. Dölle*¹, Q. Wang, (2017), “Application of Subsurface Bioreactor for Wastewater Treatment”, International Journal for Earth and Environmental Sciences, Vol 2(132), 1-6.
  • K. Dölle. M Van Bargen, (2017), “Phosphor Removal from Waste Water using Hydrodynamic Cavitation.” British Journal of Scientific Research and Reports(JSRR), Vol. 14 (2), 1-11.
  • V. Weber1, K. Dölle, (20 17), "Hydrodynamic Cavitation Applied to Corn Oil", British Journal of Advances in Research (BJAIR), Vol. 9 (4), 1-12.
  • Ritter S., Doelle K., Van Bargen M., Piatkowski J., (2017), “Fruits in Craft Beer: A Study to Evaluate the Impact of Fruits on the pH in the Brewing Process and the Breweries Waste Water”, British Journal of Advances in Research (BJAIR), Vol. 8 (4), 1-8.
  • Doelle K., Watkins C, (2017), “Algae to Remove Phosphorous in a Trickling Filter”, British Journal of Advances in Biology & Biotechnology (BJABB), Vol. 11 (2), 1-9.
  • Doelle K., Watkins C, (2015), “Application of Algae as Biomass Feedstock Source at a Waste Water Treatment Facility”, British Journal of Advances in Biology & Biotechnology (BJABB), Vol. 4 (3), 1-9, Article no.JABB.19185, ISSN: 2394-1081.
  • Doelle K., Bajrami B., (2016), “Calcium hydroxide as an Alternative Alkali for the Oxygen Bleaching Stage of Kraft Pulp”, Cellulose Chemistry and Technology, 50(9-10), 1055-1060.
  • Oliveira F, Doelle K., Smith R.P., (2016), “External Morphology of Diptera, Stratiomyidae, Hermetia illucens (L.1758) using electron microscopy”, Journal of Annual Research & Review in Biology (ARRB), 9(5): 1-10.
  • Doelle K., Oliveira F., Smith R.P., (2016), “Gold Nanoparticle Uptake and Distribution in the Digestive Tract of Hermetia illucens Stratiomyidae: Diptera (L.1758) based on Transmission Electron Microscopy”, Journal of Annual Research & Review in Biology (ARRB), 9(3): 1-8.
  • Oliveira F., Doelle K, (2015), “Anaerobic Digestion of Food Waste to Produce Biogas: A Comparison of Bioreactors to Increase Methane Content – A Review”, Journal Food Process Technology, 6(8): 478, 1-3.
  • Oliveira F., Doelle K., List R. (2015), "Assessment of Diptera: Stratiomyidae, genus Hermetia illucens (L., 1758)", Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies, 3(5): 147-152.
  • Doelle K., Schomann C., (2015), “Hydrothermal Treatment of Shrub Willow Followed by Sulfate Pulping and Bleaching”, International Research Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry (JPAC), Lignocellulose Journal, Vol. 9, Number 4, pp. 1-8, ISSN: 2231-3443, Month 08, 2015.
  • Doelle K., Watkins C, (2015), “Application of Algae as Biomass Feedstock Source at a Waste Water Treatment Facility”, British Journal of Advances in Biology & Biotechnology (BJABB), Vol. 4 (3), 1-9.
  • Doelle K., Peluso C, (2015), “Earthworm and Algae Species in a Trickling Filter”, British Journal of Advances in Biology & Biotechnology (BJABB), Vol 3 (3), 132-138, Article no.JABB.2015.040, ISSN: 2394-1081.
  • Doelle K., Schomann C., Amaya J.J., (2015) “hydrothermal treatment of sugar maple (acer saccharum) followed by bleaching”, Lignocellulose Journal, Lignocellulose 4(1), 4-21.
  • Pasqua-Godkin N., Oliveira F., List R., Doelle K., (2015), “Energy, carbon dioxide, and economic comparisons of tilapia sp. nnd cyprinus carpio in aquaponics system”,  Ministério da Educação – Brasil, Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri – UFVJM, Minas Gerais – Brasil, Revista Vozes dos Vales: Publicações Acadêmicas.  
  • Doelle K., Wagmüller F., (2015), “Determination of the Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) of Hydrothermal Pretreated Hay Samples”, British Journal of Applied Science and Technology (BJAST), Vol.8, Number4, pp. 356-360, ISSN: 2231-0843, April 10, 2015.
  • Doelle K., (2015), “Water Treatment and Remediation using a Bioreactor”, Unites States Golf Association (USGA), Turfgras and Environmental Research Online, Vol. 14, Number 1, pp 12-14.
  • Burry W, Liu S., Doelle K., (2014), “Common Reed (Phragmites australis), Eradicate or Utilize? Part I: Potential Use as a Biochemical Feedstock.", Journal of Bioprocess Engineering and Biorefinery, Vol 3, Number 4, pp. 285-295.
  • Doelle K., Lee A.T., et. Al. (2014) “Use of Poly-Lactic Acid (PLA) to Enhance Properties of Paper Based on Recycled Pulp”, Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science (ACS-Journal), Jul. 2014, 4, 347-360.
  • Doelle K., Lee A.T., Amidon T.E., Bujanovic B., (2014) “Use of Poly-Lactic Acid (PLA) to Enhance Properties of Paper Based on Recycled Pulp”, Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science (ACS-Journal), Jul. 2014, 4, 347-360.
  • Karev A., Doelle K., (2013) “An economic review of the Use of the New York State Canal System for Biosolids Transportation”, Journal of Bioprocess Engineering and Biorefinery, Vol. 2, Number 3, Sept. 2013, pp. 188-192.
  • Doelle K., (2012), “Lime in Papermaking – A Historic Review Paper”, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), ASTM International STP 1557, October. 2012, pp 178–195, ISBN 978-0-8031-7543-3.
  • Doelle K., Amaya J.J., (2012), “Application of calcium carbonate for uncoated digital printing paper from 100% eucalyptus pulp”, TAPPI JOURNAL, Jan. 2012, Vol. 11 No1, pp 41-49.
  • Doelle K., Giarrusso, S., Johnson, D.L., (2011), “Zero Waste: Sustainable Biomass Conversion “, New York Water Environmental Association Inc. (NYWEA), Clean Waters Magazine, Spring 2011, Vol. 41, No.1.
  • Doelle K., Giarrusso, S., Johnson, D.L., Peluso, C.R., (2011), “Omnivorous Closed Loop Sustainable Biomass Conversion for Cost-Effective Biofuels, Bioenergy, and Value Added Products“, Water Environment Association of Ontario, WEAO Technical Symposium and OPCEA Exhibition, April 10 to12, 2011, The Westin Harbour Castle, Montreal, Ontario, Canada.
  • J.H. Klungness, A. Ahmed, N. R. Sutherland, S. AbuBakr, K. Dölle, O. Heise, Lightweight, High-Opacity Paper by Fiber Loading: Filler Evaluation, STFI, Paper & Coating Chemistry Symposium 2000, June 6-8, Stockholm, Sweden
  • K. Dölle, O. Heise, J.H. Klungness, S. AbuBakr, Lightweight, High-Opacity Bible Paper by Fiber Loading, Intertech, Specialty & Technical Papers Europe 2000, June 21-23, Berlin, Germany.
  • K. Dölle, New Environmentally Friendly Process to Manufacture PCC and its Impact on Paper Mills’ Water Resource Management, Water Resources and Environmental Research, ICWRER 2002 Dresden University of Technology, July 22 – 25, Dresden, Germany.
  • K. Dölle, Vergleich der Stickybelastung für europäische und nordamerikanische Papierproduktion, PTS-Sticky-Seminarreihe 2003, Bekämpfung und Vermeidung von Stickys für einen wirtschaftlichen Altpapiereinsatz, October 14 – 15, Heidenau, Germany.
  • K. Dölle, “A Green Future: Challenges for Paper, Forest, Chemical and Agricultural Applications”, SUNY-ESF, 12th Annual Joachim Forum, June 4-5, New York City, New York, USA.

Selected Granted Patents

German Patents:
  • DE 602 9642 B3 Verfahren zum Beladen einer Faserstoffsuspension mit Füllstoff
  • DE 197 47653 C2 Sieb für Fasersuspension
  • DE 197 02043 C2 Vorrichtung zum Reinigen einer Faserstoffsuspension
  • DE 196 35156 C2 Verfahren zur Herstellung von Sieben
European Patents:
  • EP 1 318 231 B1 Vorrichtung yur Entwässerung einer Faserstofffbahn (Apperatus for dewatering a fibrous web)
  • EP 1 409 789 B1 Verfahren zum beladen einer Faserstoffsuspension mit Kalziumkarbonat (Method of loading a fiber suspension with calcium carbonate)
  • EP 1 101 858 B1 Stoffauflöser für eine Stoffaufbereitungsanlage und Verfahren zur Stoffauflösung (Pulper for a Stock Preparation System and method of pulping).
  • EP 0 982 433 B1 Siebkorb für einen Drucksortierer mit einem entfern- und ersetzbaren zylindrischem Sieb (Screening cylinder for a pressure screening device having a replacable cylindrical screen).
US Patents:
  • 7,264,689 Method of Chemically Loading Fibers in a Fiber Suspension
  • 7,179,347 Method for Fiber Stock Preparation.
  • 7,013,287 Stock Preparation Monitoring System and Method of Same.
  • 6,537,425 Process for Loading Fibers with Calcium Carbonate
  • 6,524,443 Pulping System for a Paper Machine
  • 6,451,165 Channel Pulper
  • 6,422,496 Refiner for Refining a Fiber Suspension
  • 6,413,365 Method of Loading a Fiber Suspension with Calcium Carbonate
  • 6,395,132 Washing System and Washer for a Fiber Suspension
  • 6,395,131 Flotation Machine for a Fiber Suspension and Method of Using Same
  • 6,254,729 Pulper with Extraction Plate Assembly Having Removable Inserts and Method of Manufacturing Same
  • 5,996,604 Apparatus and Method for Providing Process Water Used for Making or Processing a Fiber Suspension
Canadian Patents:
  • CA 2203325 C Process for the Manufacture of a Sifting Device with Slit-Shaped Openings and an Appropriately Manufactured Sifting

Student Diversity

Students in my research group work together from many different backgrounds and countries.

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