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Thomas Trabold

Department Head
Department of Sustainability
Golisano Institute for Sustainability

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Thomas Trabold

Department Head
Department of Sustainability
Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Education

BS, Ph.D., Clarkson University

Bio

Dr. Thomas Trabold teaches courses in the fundamentals of sustainability science, sustainable energy systems, sustainable mobility systems, and green chemistry. His primary research focus is in the development of alternative energy technologies including fuel cells, bio-fuels, and waste-to-energy processes. In 2014 and 2015 he was nominated for the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2007 he earned the General Motors McCuen Award for “Neutron Imaging Facility and Methods for Fuel Cell Water Visualization.” His students say he has a system-level perspective informed by fundamental understanding and experiential knowledge. When Dr. Trabold isn’t in the lab or classroom, he enjoys soccer, basketball, trail hiking, biking, and gardening.

Prior to RIT, Dr. Trabold spent 20 years in positions at General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Xerox and General Motors. Most recently, he managed a research and development team in the General Motors fuel cell vehicle program, with engineers working in New York, Michigan, Germany, and India. Dr. Trabold holds BS and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University.

Teaching

My graduate teaching philosophy is based upon complementing and broadening our current research activities in sustainable energy and mobility systems. I encourage students to think critically and independently, and to challenge their understanding of how technical fundamentals link to applications of interest. It is expected that students develop their analysis skills to the extent that they can understand and communicate the broader implications of their specific research specialty.

Returning to academia after a 20-year industrial career, which included both technical and managerial roles, I also strongly emphasize the value of experiential education. Whereas traditional lecture-based learning is central to establishing foundational knowledge, gaining “hands-on” experience enhances the learning process and improves retention of core principles. Whenever appropriate, I invite guest lecturers to present their experience in applying fundamental knowledge to developing “real world” sustainable systems. Moreover, my courses have taken ample opportunities to visit local companies where sustainable technologies are beginning to realize meaningful market penetration.

Outreach

Our research program is largely of an applied nature, and we therefore maintain close collaborative relationships with many large and small businesses in New York State. I also make an effort to disseminate sustainability principles within the local community, through presentations to groups such as the Rochester Science Café, church organizations and neighboring universities and colleges. Additionally, I represent GIS on the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, as a member of the Agriculture & Food Production Work Team. I also serve as on the Editorial Board for the peer-reviewed Sustainability journal, in the Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife section.

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Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

ISUS-790
1 - 6 Credits
Independent research in sustainability leading to the completion of the MS thesis. This course requires a formal proposal and a faculty sponsor.
ISUS-877
0 Credits
The Research Internship is designed to enhance the educational experience of PhD students through full-time employment.
ISUS-780
1 - 6 Credits
An independent project in sustainability serving as a capstone experience for students completing the non-thesis option. This course requires a formal proposal and a faculty sponsor.
ISUS-791
0 Credits
MS or PhD students requiring additional time to complete their thesis
ISUS-890
1 - 9 Credits
Research fulfillment of Sustainability Ph.D. dissertation requirements.
ISUS-807
1 - 9 Credits
Research in fulfillment of Sustainability Ph.D. dissertation or M.S. capstone requirements.
ISUS-699
0 Credits
The Sustainability Co-Op is designed to provide Capstone research experience for MS students or enhance the educational experience of PhD students through full-time employment.
ISUS-702
3 Credits
This course prepares students to conduct original research related to sustainable production and consumption systems and apply the scientific method in an integrative, team-based approach to graduate research. This course introduces the fundamental concepts of industrial ecology, ecological economics, ecosystem health and social ecology that are essential to understanding the interaction of industrial and ecological systems. Successful students will understand multiple perspectives on sustainability such as strong and weak formulations, the importance of sustainability as an ethical concept and a life-cycle approach to organizing research related to sustainability. It is a core course within the Sustainability Ph.D. program.
MTSE-777
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a capstone project using research facilities available inside or outside of RIT.

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Journal Paper
Barber, S., et al. "Closing Nutrient Cycles with Biochar - From Filtration to Fertilizer." Journal of Cleaner Production 197. (2018): 1597-1606. Print.
Win, Shwe Sin, et al. "Anaerobic Digestion of Black Solider Fly Larvae (BSFL) Biomass as Part of an Integrated Biorefinery." Renewable Energy 127. (2018): 705-712. Print.
Liu, Xuan and Thomas A. Trabold. "Non-active Area Water Mitigation in PEM Fuel Cells via Bipolar Plate Surface Energy Modification." International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 43. (2018): 908-920. Print.
Hegde, Swati, Jeffrey S. Lodge, and Thomas A. Trabold. "Characteristics of Food Processing Wastes and their use in Sustainable Alcohol Production." Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 81. (2018): 510-523. Print.
Liu, X. and T.A. Trabold. "Non-Active Area Water Mitigation in Pem Fuel Cells via Bipolar Plate Surface Energy Modification." International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 43. 2 (2017): 908-920. Web.
Hegde, S., J.S. Lodge, and T.A. Trabold. "Characteristics of Food Processing Wastes and Their Use in Sustainable Alcohol Production." Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 81. (2017): 510-523. Web.
Ebner, Jacqueline H., et al. "Anaerobic co-digestion of commercial food waste and dairy manure: characterizing biochemical parameters and synergistic effects." Waste Management 52. (2016): 286-294. Print.
Hebda, Cam, et al. "Determining economically optimal household organic material." Resources, Conservation and Recycling 108. (2016): 88-96. Print.
Waller, Michael G., Mark R. Walluk, and Thomas A. Trabold. "Performance of high temperature PEM fuel cell materials. Part 1: Effects of temperature, pressure and anode dilution." International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 41. (2016): 2944-2954. Print.
Ebner, Jacqueline H., et al. "Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Analysis of an Anaerobic Codigestion Facility Processing Dairy Manure and Industrial Food Waste." Environmental Science & Technology 49. (2015): 11199-11208. Print.
Waller, Michael G., Mark R. Walluk, and Thomas A. Trabold. "Operating Envelope of a Short Contact Time Fuel Reformer for Propane Catalytic Partial Oxidation." Journal of Power Sources 274. (2015): 149-155. Print.
Walluk, Mark R., et al. "Comparison of Reforming Performance of JP-8 and HRJ-5 for Fuel Cell Applications." Fuel 139. (2015): 35-39. Print.
Walluk, M.R., et al. "Diesel Autothermal Reforming for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems: Anode Off-gas Recycle Simulation." Applied Energy 130. (2014): 94-102. Print.
Waller, M.G., et al. "Current and Theoretical Maximum Well-to-wheels Exergy Efficiency of Options to Power Vehicles with Natural Gas." Applied Energy 127. (2014): 55-63. Print.
Owejan, J.P., T.A. Trabold, and M.M. Mench. "Oxygen Transport Resistance Correlated to Liquid Water Saturation in the Gas Diffusion Layer of PEM Fuel Cells." International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 71. (2014): 585-592. Print.
Lin, J., et al. "Bio-fuel Reforming for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Applications. Part 2: Biodiesel." International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 39. (2014): 183-195. Print.
Lin, J., et al. "Bio-fuel Reforming for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Applications. Part 3: Biodiesel-diesel Blends." International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 39. (2014): 196-208. Print.
Waller, M.G., M.R. Walluk, and T.A. Trabold. "Operating Envelop of a Short Contact Time Fuel Reformer for Propane Catalytic Partial Oxidation." Journal of Power Sources 274. (2014): 149-155. Web.
Walluk, M.R., et al. "Comparison of Reforming Performance of JP-8 and HRJ-5 for Fuel Cell Applications." Fuel 139. (2014): 35-39. Web.
Lin, J., et al. "Bio-Fuel Reforming for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Applications. Part 1: Fuel Vaporization and Reactant Mixing." International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 39. (2013): 12024-12034. Print.
Lin, J., et al. "Bio-fuel Reforming for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Applications. Part 2: Biodiesel." International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. (2013): 1-12. Web.
Lin, J., et al. "Bio-Fuel Reforming for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Applications. Part 3: Biodiesel-Diesel Blends." International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. (2013): 1-12. Web.
Lin, J., et al. "Auto-Thermal Reforming of Biodiesel-Ethanol-Diesel Blends for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Applications." Energy & Fuels 27. (2013): 4371-4385. Print.
Lin, J., G. Gaustad, and T.A. Trabold. "Profit and Policy Implications of Producing Biodiesel-Ethanol-Diesel Fuel Blends to Specification." Applied Energy 104. (2013): 936-944. Print.
Lin, J., C.W. Babbitt, and T.A. Trabold. "Life Cycle Assessment Integrated with Thermodynamic Analysis of Bio-Fuel Options for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells." Bioresource Technology 128. (2013): 495-504. Print.
Trabold, T.A., et al. "Measurement and Analysis of Carbon Formation During Diesel Reforming for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells." International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 37. (2012): 5190-5201. Print.
Owejan, J.P., et al. "Proton Resistance Correlated to Liquid Water Content of Gas Diffusion Layers." Journal of Power Sources 209. (2012): 147-151. Print.
Lin, J., C.W. Babbitt, and T.A. Trabold. "Life Cycle Assessment Integrated with Thermodynamic Analysis of Bio-Fuel Options for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells." Bioresource Technology. (2012): 1-10. Web.
Trabold, T. A., et al. "Measurement and Analysis of Carbon Formation During Diesel Reforming for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells." International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. (2011): 1-12. Web.
Daino, M. M., et al. "Through-plane Water Transport Visualization in PEMFC by Visible and Infrared Imaging." Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters 14. (2011): B51-B54. Print.
Published Conference Proceedings
Nunziato, Ryan, et al. "Mechanical Properties and Anaerobic Biodegradation of Thermoplastic Starch/Polycaprolactone Blends." Proceedings of the 21st IAPRI World Conference on Packaging. Ed. Zhi-Wei Wang. Zhuhai, China, China: n.p., 2018. Print.
Hegde, Swati, et al. "Anaerobic Biodegradation of Bioplastic Packaging Materials." Proceedings of the 21st IAPRI World Conference on Packaging. Ed. Zhi-Wei Wang. Zhuhai, China, China: n.p., 2018. Print.
Samadi, Kosar, et al. "Mechanical Behavior and Anaerobic Biodegradation of a Poly(lactic acid) blend containing a Poly(lactic acid)-co-Poly(glycolic acid) Copolymer." Proceedings of the ANTEC Conference and Tradeshow. Ed. SPE. Orlando, FL: Society of Plastics Engineers, 2018. Print.
Win, S.S., et al. "Feasibility Assessment of Low-Volume Anaerobic Digestion Systems for Institutional Food Waste Producers." Proceedings of the ASME Power and Energy Conversion Conference. Ed. Advanced Energy Systems Division. New York, NY: ASME, 2017. Print.
Hegde, S., S.S. Win, and T.A. Trabold. "Stabilizing Anaerobic Digestion of Food Waste for Biomethane Production." Proceedings of the ASME Power and Energy Conversion Conference. Ed. Advanced Energy Systems Division. New York, NY: ASME, 2017. Print.
Freire, Felipe, et al. "Performance Analysis of a “Green” Building Photovoltaic System." Proceedings of the 43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. Ed. IEEE. Portland, OR: IEEE, Print.
Waller, Michael G., Mark R. Walluk, and Thomas A. Trabold. "Design of an integrated propane fuel reformer and fuel cell system for unmanned aerial system (UAS) applications." Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) STRATUS Workshop: Systems and Technologies for Remote Sensing Applications through Unmanned Aerial Systems. Ed. IEEE. Rochester, NY: IEEE, Print.
Barber, Steven T., Josh M. Dranoff, and Thomas A. Trabold. "Initial Assessment of Microbial Fuel Cells for Treatment of Tofu Processing Waste." Proceedings of the International Power and Energy Conference, June 28 - July 2, 2015, San Diego, CA. Ed. Yunho Hwang. New York, NY: ASME, Print.
Ebner, Jacqueline H., Anahita A. Williamson, and Thomas A. Trabold. "Quantifying the Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Pathways for Treatment of Secondary Resources Generated in the Food Supply Chain." Proceedings of the International Power and Energy Conference, June 28 - July 2, 2015, San Diego, CA. Ed. Yunho Hwang. New York, NY: ASME, Print.
Hegde, Swati, et al. "Feasibility Assessment of Medium-Scale Anaerobic Digesters for Treatment of Brewery and Dairy Farm Waste Streams." Proceedings of the International Power and Energy Conference, June 28 - July 2, 2015, San Diego, CA. Ed. Yunho Hwang. New York, NY: ASME, Print.
Waller, Michael G., Mark R. Walluk, and Thomas A. Trabold. "Performance of a High-Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (HT-PEMFC) Operating on Simulated Reformate." Proceedings of the International Power and Energy Conference, June 28 - July 2, 2015, San Diego, CA. Ed. Antonio B. Silvera. New York, NY: ASME, Print.
Win, Shwe Sin, Swati Hegde, and Thomas A. Trabold. "Techno-Economic Assessment of Different Pathways for Utilizing Glycerol Derived from Waste Cooking Oil-Based Biodiesel." Proceedings of the International Power and Energy Conference, June 28 - July 2, 2015, San Diego, CA. Ed. Yunho Hwang. New York, NY: ASME, Print.
Waller, M.G., M.R. Walluk, and T.A. Trabold. "Towards the Development of a Fuel Cell System for Residential Applications: Propane Reforming Via Catalytic Partial Oxidation." Proceedings of the ASME 8th International Conference on Energy Sustainability & 12th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference. Ed. J. Brouwer et al. New York, NY: ASME, 2014. Print.
Ebner, J., et al. "Estimating the Biogas Potential from Colleges and Universities." Proceedings of the ASME 8th International Conference on Energy Sustainability & 12th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference. Ed. J. Brouwer et al. New York, NY: ASME, 2014. Print.
Fenton, D.J., J.J. Gagliardo, and T.A. Trabold. "Analysis of Water Morphology in the Active Area and Channel-to-manifold Transitions of a PEM Fuel Cell." Proceedings of the ASME 8th International Conference on Energy Sustainability & 12th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference. Ed. J. Brouwer et al. New York, NY: ASME, 2014. Print.
Chan, W.H., et al. "Food Waste Resources for Sustainable Energy Production in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State." Proceedings of the ASME 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, Minneapolis, MN, July 14-19, 2013. Ed. M.W. Ellis. New York, NY: ASME, Web.
Rankin, M.J., T.A. Trabold, and R. Blythe. "Environmental Impact Assessment of an Anaerobic Codigestion System in Western New York State." Proceedings of the ASME 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, Minneapolis, MN, July 14-19, 2013. Ed. M.W. Ellis. New York, NY: ASME, Web.
Waller, M.G. and T.A. Trabold. "Review of Microbial Fuel Cells for Wastewater Treatment: Large-Scale Applications, Future Needs and Current Research Gaps." Proceedings of the ASME 11th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, Minneapolis, MN, July 14-19, 2013. Ed. M.W. Ellis. New York, NY: ASME, Web.
Liu, X., et al. "Neutron Imaging of Water Accumulation in the Active Area and Channel-to-Manifold Transitions of a PEMFC." Proceedings of the ASME 11th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, Minneapolis, MN, July 14-19, 2013. Ed. M.W. Ellis. New York, NY: ASME, Web.
Lin, J., et al. "Auto-Thermal Reforming of Biodiesel-Ethanol-Diesel Blends for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Applications." Proceedings of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting, Symposium on Fuel Processing for Hydrogen Production. Ed. D. Shekhawat. Pittsburgh, PA: Americal Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2012. Print.
Rankin, M.J., et al. "Analysis of Dairy Manure and Food Manufacturing Waste as Feedstocks for Sustainable Energy Production via Anaerobic Digestion." Proceedings of the ASME 6th International Conference on Energy Sustainability & 10th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference. Ed. L. Schaefer. San Diego, CA: American Society of Mechanical Engineering, 2012. Print.
Lin, J., et al. "Mitigation of Carbon Formation During Autothermal Reforming of Biodiesel for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Applications." Proceedings of the ASME 6th International Conference on Energy Sustainability & 10th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference. Ed. L. Schaefer. San Diego, CA: American Society of Mechanical Engineering, 2012. Print.
Liu, X., et al. "Investigation of Channel-to-Manifold Water Transport in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells." Proceedings of the ASME 6th International Conference on Energy Sustainability & 10th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference. Ed. L. Schaefer. San Diego, CA: n.p., 2012. Print.
Trabold, T. A., et al. "Analysis of Waste-to-Energy Opportunities in the New York State Food Processing Industry." Proceedings of the ASME 5th International Conference on Energy Sustainability. Ed. P. Singh. Washington, D.C.: ASME, 2011. Print.
Walluk, M. R., et al. "Development of Accelerated Durability Protocols for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems." Proceedings of the 2011 NDIA Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium. Ed. GVSETS. Dearborn, MI: n.p., 2011. Print.
Lin, J., et al. "Assessment of Bio-fuel Options for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell-based Auxiliary Power Units." Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST). Ed. M. Eckelman. Chicago: IEEE, 2011. Print.
Full Length Book
Trabold, Thomas A. and Callie W. Babbitt. Sustainable Food Waste-to-Energy Systems. London, England: Academic Press, 2018. Print.
Book Chapter
Trabold, Thomas A. and Callie W. Babbitt. "Chapter 1: Introduction." Sustainable Food Waste-to-Energy Systems. Ed. Thomas A. Trabold and Callie W. Babbitt. London, England: Academic Press, 2018. 1-10. Print.
Trabold, Thomas A., Shwe Sin Win, and Swati Hegde. "Chapter 2: Waste Resources in the Food Supply Chain." Sustainable Food Waste-to-Energy Systems. Ed. Thomas A. Trabold and Callie W. Babbitt. London, England: Academic Press, 2018. 11-28. Print.
Trabold, Thomas A. and Vineet Nair. "Chapter 3: Conventional Food Waste Management Methods." Sustainable Food Waste-to-Energy Systems. Ed. Thomas A. Trabold and Callie W. Babbitt. London, England: Academic Press, 2018. 29-45. Print.
Hegde, Swati and Thomas A. Trabold. "Chapter 5: Sustainable Waste-to-Energy Technologies: Fermentation." Sustainable Food Waste-to-Energy Systems. Ed. Thomas A. Trabold and Callie W. Babbitt. London, England: Academic Press, 2018. 69-88. Print.
Win, Shwe Sin and Thomas A. Trabold. "Chapter 6: Sustainable Waste-to-Energy Technologies: Transesterification." Sustainable Food Waste-to-Energy Systems. Ed. Thomas A. Trabold and Callie W. Babbitt. London, England: Academic Press, 2018. 89-109. Print.
Ebner, Jacqueline H., et al. "Chapter 10: Environmental Aspects of Food Waste-to-Energy Conversion." Sustainable Food Waste-to-Energy Systems. Ed. Thomas A. Trabold and Callie W. Babbitt. London, England: Academic Press, 2018. 177-201. Print.
Journal Editor
Trabold, Thomas A., ed. Sustainability - Agriculture, Food and Wildlife Section. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI, 2018. Print.
Trabold, Thomas A., ed. Sustainability: Section Board for "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife". Basel, Switzerland: MDPI AG, 2016. Web.
Trabold, Thomas, ed. Sustainability:Section Board for "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife". Switzerland: MDPI AG, 2016. Web.
Provisional Patent
Barber, Steven, et al. "Novel Pigment Replacement for Commercial Printing Inks." U.S. Provisional Patent Application 62/656,676. 12 Apr. 2018.
Waller, M., T. Trabold, and M. Bradley. "Apparatus, System and Method for Fuel Cell." U.S. Provisional Patent Application US20170110749. 20 Apr. 2017.
Waller, Michael, et al. "Apparatus, System and Method for Compact Mobile Fuel Cell System." U.S. Provisional Patent Application 15/191,781. 24 Jun. 2016.
Owejan, J.P., et al. "PEM Fuel Cell Stack Inlet Water Regulation System." Patent 8,877,392. 4 Nov. 2014.
Owejan, J.P., et al. "PEM Fuel Cell Stack Inlet Water Regulation System." Patent 8,859,163. 14 Oct. 2014.
Dadheech, G.V., et al. "Graphene Coated SS Bipolar Plate." Patent 8,758,957. 24 Jun. 2014.
Schlag, H., et al. "Fuel Cell Component with Coating Including Nanoparticles." Patent 8,735,022. 27 May 2014.
Owejan, J.P., et al. "Fuel Cell Bipolar Plate Exit for Improved Flow Distribution and Freeze Capability." Patent 8,501,364. 6 Aug. 2013.
Dadheech, G.V., et al. "Amorphous Carbon Coatings for Fuel Cell Bipolar Plates." Patent 8,497,050. 30 Jul. 2013.
Elhamid, M.H. Abd, et al. "Metallic Bipolar Plates with High Electrochemical Stability and Improved Water Management." Patent 8,470,488. 25 Jun. 2013.
Owejan, J.P., et al. "Fuel Cell Bipolar Plate Exit for Improved Flow Distribution and Freeze Capability." Patent 8,394,547. 12 Mar. 2013.
Vyas, G., et al. "Super-Hydrophilic Nanoporous Electrically Conductive Coatings for PEM Fuel Cells." Patent 8,389,174. 5 Mar. 2013.
Owejan, J.P., T.A. Trabold, and T.W. Tighe. "Low-Cost Hydrophilic Treatment Method for Assembled PEMFC Stacks." Patent 8,389,047. 5 Mar. 2013.
Vyas, G., et al. "Fuel Cell Contact Element Including a TiO2 Layer and a Conductive Layer." Patent 8,377,607. 19 Feb. 2013.
Dadheech, G.V., et al. "Amorphous Carbon Coatings for Fuel Cell Bipolar Plates." US Provisional Patent Application US20130302531. 14 Nov. 2013.
Owejan, J.P., et al. "Fuel Cell Bipolar Plate Exit for Improved Flow Distribution and Freeze Capability." US Provisional Patent Application US20130122389. 16 May 2013.
Dadheech, G.V., et al. "Fuel Cell Flow Field Plate Including Non-Stoichiometric Metal Oxide Layer." US Provisional Patent Application US20130095251. 18 Apr. 2013.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Trabold, Thomas and Nenad Nenadic. "Energy Research at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability." Northeast Regional R&D Connector Workshop. Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. Albany, New York. 1 Mar. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Trabold, Thomas, et al. "Thermochemical Conversion as a Sustainable Food Waste Management Strategy." Sustainable Packaging Symposium. American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. 6 Dec. 2018. Keynote Speech.
Hegde, Swati, et al. "Anaerobic Digestion of Bioplastic Packaging Materials." Sustainable Packaging Symposium. American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. 7 Dec. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Trabold, Thomas. "Biochar as a Sustainable Food Waste Management Strategy." Biochar 2018. US Biochar Initiative (USBI). Wilmington, Deleware. 22 Aug. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Trabold, Thomas. "'Neutrons don't lie!': The Transformational Role of Neutron Imaging in Fuel Cell Science and Technology." NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) 50th Anniversary Symposium. NIST Center for Neutron Research. Gaithersburg, MD. 8 Dec. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Trabold, Thomas. "Sustainable Energy and Mobility Systems." Guest Lecture. Nazareth College. Rochester, New York. 26 Jan. 2017. Guest Lecture.
Trabold, T.A. "Pathways to Sustainability of Energy & Mobility Systems." Science & Sustainability. University of Rochester. Rochester, NY. 1 Mar. 2017. Guest Lecture.
Trabold, T.A. "Innovations in Next-generation Energy and Mobility Systems." NYS Master Teacher Program. SUNY Geneseo. Geneseo, NY. 1 Apr. 2017. Guest Lecture.
Trabold, T.A. "Sustainable Food Waste Utilization Pathways." 6th International Energy & Sustainability Conference. Farmingdale State College. East Farmingdale, NY. 20 Oct. 2017. Keynote Speech.
Trabold, T.A. "Food Waste as a Resource for Sustainable Energy Production." Science & Sustainability. University of Rochester. Rochester, NY. 15 Nov. 2017. Guest Lecture.
Trabold, Thomas A. "Sustainability workshop overview for NSF-PIRE: Materials for Renewable Energy NaturE’s Way (RENEW)." NSF/PIRE Project Annual Meeting. Case Western Reserve University. Cleveland, OH. 5 Aug. 2016. Guest Lecture.
Trabold, Thomas A. "Challenges & Opportunities in Sustainable Food Production." NSF FEWS Nexus Workshop: Transformative food technologies to enhance sustainability at the food-energy-water nexus. University of Nebraska. Lincoln, NE. 17 Feb. 2016. Guest Lecture.
Trabold, Thomas A. "What's up with sustainable cars?" meRIT Alumni Webinar Series. RIT. Rochester, NY. 12 Oct. 2016. Guest Lecture.
Trabold, Thomas A. "Sustainable Food Production." Food-Energy-Water Nexus Workshop. National Science Foundation and American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Baltimore, MD. 8 Oct. 2015. Guest Lecture.
Trabold, Thomas A. "A Game-Changing Opportunity: Organics Recovery and Valorization." Organics Reduction and Recycling Roundtable. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Rochester, NY. 9 Jul. 2015. Guest Lecture.
Trabold, Thomas A. "Sustainable Energy Systems." Cultural Enrichment Committee Speakers. Roberts Wesleyan College. Rochester, NY. 30 Mar. 2015. Guest Lecture.
Trabold, T.A. "Fuel Cell Systems for Mobile Power Applications." Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series. University of Rochester. Rochester, NY. 5 Dec. 2014. Guest Lecture.
Trabold, T.A. "Sustainable Energy Pathways: Biomass Waste-to-energy and Integrated Energy Systems." ACS Annual Meeting. American Chemical Society. San Francisco, CA. 14 Aug. 2014. Guest Lecture.
Trabold, T.A. "Sustainable Energy Pathways: Wind, Solar and Electrochemical Systems." NSF Partnerships in Research and Education (PIRE). Case Western Reserve University. Cleveland, OH. 30 May 2014. Guest Lecture.
Trabold, T.A. "Fuel Cell Technology." 11th Tactical Power Sources Summit. Institute for Defense and Government Advancement. Washington, DC. 27 Jan. 2014. Guest Lecture.
Trabold, T.A. "Hydrogen Fuel Cells for Sustainable Energy Production: Stationary, Transportation and Auxiliary Power Applications." Energy for the 21st Century Symposium. University of Rochester. Rochester, NY. 15 Mar. 2013. Guest Lecture.
Trabold, T.A. "Neutron and Synchrotron Characterization Methods." National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center Site Visit. University of Delaware. Newark, DE. 24 Sep. 2012. Conference Presentation.
Fister, D. and T.A. Trabold. "Waste Cooking Oil to Fuel Program." Climate Showcase Communities - Biodiesel Workshop. Monroe County Department of Environmental Services. Rochester, NY. 5 Oct. 2012. Lecture.
Trabold, T.A. "Environmental and Economic Benefits of Anaerobic Co-Digestion." New York State's First Co-Digestion Biogas Plant Opening. Synergy Biogas LLC. Covington, NY. 1 May 2012. Address.
Trabold, T.A. "Alternative (Sustainable) Energy." Youth Workforce Innovations Conference. Monroe County School Business Partnership. Rochester, NY. 29 Mar. 2012. Lecture.
Trabold, T. A. "Fuel Reforming for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Durability Effects and Renewable Fuel Options." Graduate Seminar Series. Department of Chemical Engineering. Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. 3 Nov. 2011. Guest Lecture.
Trabold, T. A. "Durability of SOFC-based Auxiliary Power Units." Advanced Energy Conference. Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center. Hyatt Regency, Buffalo, NY. 12 Oct. 2011. Conference Presentation.
Trabold, T. A. "Fuel Cells for Mobility, Auxiliary Power and Stationary Power Systems." Guest Lecture Series. Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. 30 Sep. 2011. Guest Lecture.
Full Patent
Nicotera, P.D., C. Ji, and T.A. Trabold. "Co-Deposition of Conductive Material at the Diffusion Media/Plate Interface." U.S. Patent 9,653,737. 16 May 2017.
Waller, Michael G., Mark M. Walluk, and Thomas A. Trabold. "Compact Fuel Cell System." U.S. Patent Application 62183885. 24 Jun. 2015.
Owejan, John P., et al. "Bipolar Plate Features for Mitigation of Exit Water Retention." U.S. Patent 9,153,826. 6 Oct. 2015.
Dadheech, Gayatri V., Thomas A. Trabold, and Mahmoud H. Abd Elhamid. "Low Cost fuel Cell Bipolar Plate and Process for Making the Same." U.S. Patent 9,136,545. 15 Sep. 2015.
Winter, Gerhard, et al. "Hydrophilic Coating for Fuel Cell Bipolar Plate and Methods of Making the Same." U.S. Patent 9,029,046. 12 May 2015.
Dadheech, Gayatri V., et al. "Amorphous Carbon Coatings for Fuel Cell Bipolar Plates." U.S. Patent 8,956,785. 17 Feb. 2015.
Owejan, Jon P., et al. "PEM Fuel Cell stack Inlet Water Regulation System." U.S. Patent Application US20150093673. 2 Apr. 2015.
Editor (book or journal)
Trabold, Thomas.Journal of Thermal Sciences and Engineering Applications. New York: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Print.
Published Article
Owejan, Jon P., JeanetteE. Owejan, Wenbin Gu, Thomas A. Trabold,Thomas W. Tighe and Mark F. Mathias. “Water Transport Mechanisms in PEMFCGas Diffusion Layers.” Journal of theElectrochemical Society, 157.10 (2010): B1456-B1464. Print. *
Daino, M.M., Z. Lu, J.M.LaManna, J.P. Owejan, T.A. Trabold and S.G. Kandlikar. “Through-Plane Water TransportVisualization in an Operating PEM Fuel Cell by Visible and Infrared Imaging.” ECS Transactions, 33.1 (2010): 1423-1433. Web. * "  É 
Kandlikar, S., Z. Lu, N. Rao, J. Sergi, C. Rath, C. McDade, T. Trabold, J. Owejan, J. Gagliardo, J. Allen, R.S. Yassar, E. Medici, and A. Herescu. “Visualization of Fuel Cell Water Transport and Performance Characterization under Freezing Conditions.” U.S. Department of Energy, 25 June 2010. DOE/GO/17018. Web.
Formal Presentation
Trabold, T.A. “Water and Thermal Management in PEM Fuel Cells.” 14th International Heat Transfer Conference (ITHC-14). Washington, DC. 14 Aug. 2010. Presentation.
Owejan, J.P., J.J. Gagliardo, and T.A. Trabold. “PEMFC Water Transport and Material Properties Correlated with Neutron Diagnostic Methods.” 2nd CARISMA International Conference on Progress in MEA Materials for Medium and High Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells. La Grand Motte, France. 19-22 Sept.2010. Presentation.
Fronk, M., N. Nenadic, S. Dewey, T. Trabold, B. Landi, and M. Ganter. “Battery Cell Durability within a Pack.” 2010 Advanced Energy Conference. New York, NY. 9 Nov. 2010. Presentation. "