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Faculty Profile
Obste Therasme

Obste  Therasme

Assistant Professor

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307 Bray Hall



Ph.D., Sustainable Energy, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 2019

M.S., Chemical Engineering, Syracuse University, 2015

B.S., Chemistry, State University of Haiti, 2010

Research Interests

  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Sustainability
  • Net Zero/Negative Greenhouse Gas Emissions Systems
  • Biomass for Biofuels, Energy and Bioproducts

Current Graduate Advisees

Wondwosen AgaWondwosen Aga

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Therasme and Kumar
  • Area of Study: Environmental Science

Piumi JayalathPiumi Jayalath

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Therasme
  • Area of Study: Sustainable Energy

Gundeep KaurGundeep Kaur

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Kumar and Therasme
  • Area of Study: Paper & Bioprocess Engineering

Jean Michel LacourJean Michel Lacour

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Therasme and Volk
  • Area of Study: Environmental Science


A complete list of Dr. Therasme's publication can be found in  ?Google Scholar?.

  1. Therasme, O., Volk, T.A., Eisenbies, M.H., Amidon, T.E., Fortier, M-O. Life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of ethanol produced via fermentation of sugars derived from shrub willow (Salix ssp.) hot water extraction in the Northeast United States. Biotechnol Biofuels 14, 52 (2021).
  2. Pascoli, D. U.; Aui, A.; Frank, J.; Therasme, O.; Dixon, K.; Gustafson, R.; Kelly, B.; Volk, T. A.; Wright, M. M. The US Bioeconomy at the Intersection of Technology, Policy, and Education. Biofuels Bioprod. Biorefining 2022, 16 (1), 9–26.

  3. Therasme, O., Volk, T. A., Eisenbies, M. H., San, H. & Usman, N. Hot Water Extracted and Non-Extracted Willow Biomass Storage Performance: Fuel Quality Changes and Dry Matter Losses. Front. Energy Res. 7, (2020).
  4. Therasme, O., Eisenbies, M. H. & Volk, T. A. Overhead Protection Increases Fuel Quality and Natural Drying of Leaf-On Woody Biomass Storage Piles. Forests 10, 390 (2019).
  5. Eisenbies, M. H., Volk, T. A., Therasme, O. & Hallen, K. Three bulk density measurement methods provide different results for commercial scale harvests of willow biomass chips. Biomass Bioenergy 124, 64–73 (2019).
  6. Therasme, O., Volk, T. A., Cabrera, A. M., Eisenbies, M. H. & Amidon, T. E. Hot Water Extraction Improves the Characteristics of Willow and Sugar Maple Biomass with Different Amount of Bark. Front. Energy Res. 6, (2018).
  7. Zalesny, R. S., …, Therasme, O., Volk, T.A. & Zumpf, C.R. Positive water linkages of producing short rotation poplars and willows for bioenergy and phytotechnologies. Wiley Interdiscip. Rev. Energy Environ. 8, (2019).

Selected Presentations

  1. Volk, T.A., Yang, S., Fortier, M., Therasme, O. (July 2018) Greenhouse Gas and Energy Balance of Willow Biomass Crops are Impacted by Prior Land Use and Distance from End Users, Woody Crops International Conference, Rhinelander, WI
  2. Therasme, O., Volk, T.A., Fortier, M., Eisenbies, M.H., Amidon, T.E. (October 2019). Life Cycle Greenhouse Emissions of Biofuels Production from Willow Hot Water Extract, AIChE Bioenergy Sustainability Conference, Nashville, TN
  3. Therasme, O., Volk, T.A., Amidon, T.E., Fortier, M. (October 2018). Willow Biomass as a Feedstock for Biorefinery: Evaluation of Bark Effect on Hot Water Extraction Output and Lifecycle Assessment of Cellulosic Ethanol Production, AIChE Annual Meeting, Pittsburg, PA