Dr. Runnebaum works on improving processes for more sustainable use of natural resources, including those important in winemaking. These processes involve development and use of solid materials that can be regenerated and reused and can replace chemicals used and reduce solid waste produced. Dr. Ron Runnebaum’s wine research includes seeking alternatives for removing potassium bitartrate and proteins. Prof. Runnebaum earned his MS in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. During that time, he worked in the cellars of J. F. Mugnier in Burgundy, France and of Hanzell Vineyards and Acacia Winery, in Sonoma and Napa, California. Ron pursued his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering working on the catalytic conversion of biomass to value-added chemicals and fuels. Prof. Runnebaum completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, in aspects of chemical catalysis.