Recycling Research

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Hubert J. (Hugh) Savoy
Associate Professor, Emeritus
Soil fertility/testing for sustainable production



Patent Issued to UT Researchers for Development of Sustainable Food Packaging Alternative from Soy Oil, 9/9/2019


(1 mention)

River Cleanup 
Agriculture students worked to clean up the Tennessee River and some of its tributaries of plant growth and trash.

(1 mention)

Bottle Art at UT Gardens Jackson 
More than 6,000 bottles were used to create this stunning garden display!


Recent Publications

Recycling hot-water extractions of lignocellulosic biomass in bio-refinery for synthesis of carbon nanoparticles with amplified luminescence and its application in temperature sensing Zhang, L., S. Lyu, Q. Zhang, S. C. Chmely, L. Wu, C. Melcher, K. Rajan, D. P. Harper, S. Wang, and Z. Chen.  2020.  Industrial Crops and Products.

Biodegradable Plastic Mulch Films for Sustainable Specialty Crop Production Hayes, D. G., M. B. Anunciado, J. M. DeBruyn, S. Bandopadhyay, S. M. Schaeffer, M. English, S. Ghimire, C. Miles, M. Flury, and H. Y. Sintim.  2019.  Polymers for Agri-Food Applications, Gutierrez, T.J. (Editor), Berlin, Springer Nature, pp. 183-213. [Abstract]

Recycling waste polyester via modification with a renewable fatty acid for enhanced processability Akato, K., N. Nguyen, V. Bonnesen, D. P. Harper, and A. K. Naskar.  2018.  ACS Omega.

Formation of Nanoplastics from Biodegradable Plastic Mulch Films and Characterization of their Behavior in Soil Hayes, D. G., A. Astner, H. M. O'Neill, B. R. Evans, S. V. Pingali, and V. S. Urban.  2017.  BioEnvironmental Polymer Society 24th Annual Meeting, Albany, CA, 20-22 September 2017. [Abstract]

Recycling railroad ties comes with benefits.  Ritter, S., and N. Labbe.  2017.  Chemical & Engineering News, Vol 95, issue 38, p 8. September 25, 2017.

Long-Term Impacts of Biodegradable Plastic Mulches for Sustainable Production of Fruits and Vegetables Hayes, D. G., L. C. Wadsworth, N. F. Omar, A. L. Wszelaki, J. M. DeBruyn, and S. M. Schaeffer.  2016.  American Ecological Engineering Society 16th Annual Meeting, Knoxville, 7 June 2016. [Abstract]

Recycling of used railroad ties via a thermochemical process using a semi-pilot scale auger reactor system.  Kim, P., N. Abdoulmoumine, J. Lloyd, and N. Labbe.  2016.  AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 13-18, 2016.

Recycling of used railroad ties via two-staged pyrolysis for production of wood preservatives and bio-oil: pyrolytic investigation by TGA and Py-GC/MS.  Kim, P, L. Lloyd, J. Kim, and N. Labbe.  2015.  The International Research group on Wood Protection annual meeting (IRG 46), May 10-14, 2015, Viņa del Mar, Chile.

Recycling Your Christmas Tree; The Mixed Stand (Pine-Hardwood) Management Alternative; Brown Needles on White Pine.  Clatterbuck, W. K.  2013.  FWF Monthly Update Articles, FWF Monthly Update Articles.

Transcriptome profiling of the intoxication response of Tenebrio molitor larvae to Bacillus thuringiensis Cry3Aa protoxin Oppert, B., S. Dowd, P. Bouffard, L. Li, A. Conesa, M. D. Lorenzen, M. Toutges, J. Marshall, D. L. Huestis, J. Fabrick, C. J. Oppert, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2012.  PLoS ONE, 7(4):e34624. [Abstract]

Recycling Food Processing Wastes in Pennsylvania: A project summary report for the Ben Franklin Partnership Program.  Robillard, P. D., H. W. Harpster, J. H. MacNeil, K. S. Martin, L. O. Pordesimo, and R. B. Taylor.  1992.  Pennsylvania Food Industry Council, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.