Dr. Richard Venditti is the Elis-Signe Olsson Professor in the Department of Forest Biomaterials (formerly the Wood and Paper Science) at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a teacher, researcher, advisor and short course instructor/director. Dr. Venditti’s research group has as a goal to develop and understand systems for the effective utilization of renewable resources to produce sustainable products, including polymeric materials and biofuels. His research interests include novel biobased product materials, biofuels, paper recycling, and invironmental life cycle analysis of renewable materials. He has published approximately one hundred peer-reviewed manuscripts and an equal number of scientific presentations.
Current ongoing research involves the conversion of starch and hemicelluloses into advanced particles and gels, use of hemicellulose for liquid biofuels, fractionation of recycled papermaking fibers, separation of deformable tacky contaminants with pressure screens in paper recycling, the characterization of different types of waters and their interactions with cellulose fibers, extraction of chemicals from biomass, conversion of paper residues into ethanol, and the strength properties of recycled fibers.
He is also active in analysis of emerging biofuel technologies using environmental life cycle analysis tools. In this pursuit, he is an active teacher and researcher in the area of environmental life cycle analysis. Venditti has performed LCA research for the USDA, DOE, and CORRIM in the area of LCA of biofuels, biomaterials, and conventional products such as paper. He has consulted for several companies in the area of environmental LCA.
Venditti teaches Chemical Process Control, Unit Operations of Pulp and Paper, and Life Cycle Analysis at NCSU. He was named outstanding Academic Advisor for his department in 2002 and 2004. Venditti is the director and co-instructor of the Hands-on Workshop for Pulp and Paper Basics, co-sponsored by NCSU and Tappi. This course has been conducted three times a year for the past 15 years and is one of the highest rated courses at TAPPI. Visit the Courses Taught page for more information on courses Dr. Venditti teaches.
He is a member of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment.
Dr. Venditti was awarded the The Elis-Signe Olsson Professorship in Pulp and Paper Science and Technology at North Carolina State University honor January 1, 2018. Established in 1971 by Sture Olsson in honor of his parents, its purpose is to strengthen the pulp and paper science and technology program by recognizing a professor with an established reputation in the pulp and paper community.
Venditti was awarded The Investigator of the Year Award by the AF&PA Containerboard Group Technical Division in 2001 for his research pertaining to novel methods to remove contaminants from recovered paper. In 2002 he received the Wayne Carr Best Paper Award from the Fiber Recycling Committee and in 2007 co-authored the Tappi Journal outstanding research paper. Venditti is on the International Advisory board of Progress in Paper Recycling. In 2012 he was recognized as a TAPPI Fellow, in recognition of meritorious service to the Association and the industry.
From 2005-2010 he served on the Administrative Board of the Graduate School at NCSU, as the head of the College of Natural Resources Graduate Studies Committee and as the Director of Graduate Programs and head of the Forest Biomaterials Department Graduate Studies Committee.
In 2009 he was recognized with a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Environmental Science. He was hosted by the University of Kwazulu-Natal and The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. The purpose was to discuss technical information on paper technology and science to industry, academics and research groups in order to establish contacts and provide guidance for research efforts. Stemming from this activity, Venditti was named an honorary faculty member of the Department of Chemical Engineering in the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
The Association for the Concerns of African American Graduate Students presented to Dr. Richard Venditti the ACAAGS Advocacy Award at the Twenty-Seventh Annual Awards Program, April 21, 2010. The award is presented to a director, department head, dean, or faculty member who best exemplifies positive activity towards the recruitment, retention, and graduation of African American graduate students. The awardee should best exemplify positive activity toward the recruitment, retention, and graduation of African American Graduate Students. It was noted that Dr. Venditti, in his role as Graduate Director, was instrumental in designing and leading a visitation program for students from Shaw University to the Forest Biomaterials Department, among other activities in support of African American graduate students. Venditti is also an honorary faculty member of the Department of Chemical Engineering in the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He is shown here accepting the award at the ACAAGS annual awards banquet.
In the Spring 2011 semester, Dr. Venditti took a sabbatical assignment at Duke University in the Center for Global Change in the Nicholas School of the Environment. He performed research in the areas of environment, energy and environmental life cycle analysis.
In 2012 he was recognized as a TAPPI Fellow, in recognition of meritorious service to the Association and the industry.
He received a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1994 at Princeton University (Curing and Properties of Thermosetting Polymers, advised by Dr. John K. Gillham) and B.S. degrees in 1988 in Pulp and Paper Technology and in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University.