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Dr. Tom O'Dwyer

Biography

Tom O'Dwyer was awarded his Ph.D. degree from the University of Limerick in 1993. Prior to joining the University of Limerick in 1996, he worked with the Environmental Division of Bord Na Mona, a division of the company which engages in the design and manufacture of waste treatment technologies as well as broader environmental monitoring and consultancy work. He has also worked in technical roles in the pharmaceutical, dairy and food sectors. His research interests span various areas including pollutant removal from waste streams, environmental technology development, waste minimisation, water recovery and reuse and occupational hygiene. he also has a strong interest in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Since joining UL Tom has graduated a number of Ph.D. and M.Sc. students and has published extensively in a host of international peer reviewed technology and environmental research journals. He has also worked extensively in the areas of curriculum design and programme development, particularly in relation to the B.Sc. Environmental Science and B.Sc. Health & Safety programmes. He is currently Course Director for the B.Sc. Environmental Science.

Research Interests

  • Waste Minimisation, Recovery & Recycling
  • Optimisation of industrial waste separation processes
  • Application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to environmental issues
  • Adsorbent design for water treatment
  • Nutrient (P, N) waste minimisation approaches in the biotechnology sector
  • Removal and recovery of metals from waste streams

Teaching Interests

Environmental Technology
Environmental Monitoring
Environmental Fate Modelling
Occupational Hygiene
Geographical Information Systems

Professional Activities

Association

  • 2004 Council Member, Occupational Hygiene Society of Ireland
  • 2004 Affiliate Member, Institute of Occupational Safety & Health
  • 2000 Member, ESAI (Environmental Scientists Association of Ireland)
  • 1997 Member, AWMA (Air & Waste Management Association)

Committee

  • 2004 Executive Committee Member, Materials & Surface Science Institute,
  • 2004 Chairman, Programme Design Team, B.Sc. Health & Safety,
  • 2004 National Council Member, Occupational Hygiene Society of Ireland,
  • 2002 Chairman, Programme Modification Committee, B.Sc. Environmental Science,
  • External Panel Member, Programme Review, B.Sc. (Hons) Health & Safety, Sligo IT,
  • External Panel Member, Programme Validation, B.Sc. (Hons) Environmental Bioscience, Dundalk IT,

Award

  • 2003 - Research - Special Achievement (Nominated/short-listed)
  • 1998 - Teaching - Excellence (Nomination/short-listed)

Employment

  • 1994 Bord Na Mona (Environmental) - Deputy Section Head
  • 1986 RIMA Pharmaceuticals Ltd. - Development Technologist
  • 1982 Tipperary Co-op Creamery - Analyst

Publications

Book Chapters

2010

The Degradation of Oligonucleotide-based Pharmaceutical Products by Selected Chemical Means
Robinson C., Walsh G. & O'Dwyer T.F.
(2010) The Degradation of Oligonucleotide-based Pharmaceutical Products by Selected Chemical Means
In Environmental Engineering & Sustainability,; South Africa : ATINER, SA pp. 349-363

2008

Removal of copper, nickel and lead from wastewater using a modified cellulose material: A comparison
O'Connell D.W., Birkinshaw C. and O'Dwyer T.F.
(2008) Removal of copper, nickel and lead from wastewater using a modified cellulose material: A comparison
In Waste Management & The Environment IV; Southampton, U.K. : WIT Press pp. 809-818

2007

Removal of Organic Compounds from Waste Streams
O'Brien J., Curtin T. & O'Dwyer T.F.,
(2007) Removal of Organic Compounds from Waste Streams
In Water Resources Management IV; Southampton UK : WIT Press pp. 447-456

2006

Design of a Novel Cellulose Based Adsorbent for Use in Heavy Metal Recovery from Waste Streams
O'Connell D.W., Birkinshaw C. and O'Dwyer T.F.
(2006) Design of a Novel Cellulose Based Adsorbent for Use in Heavy Metal Recovery from Waste Streams
In Water Pollution VIII; Southamptom, UK : WIT Press pp. 489-498

2006

Development of a Physico-Chemical process for the Removal of Organic Compounds from Waste Streams
O'Brien, J., Curtin, T. and O'Dwyer T.F., , , Ed. , Calgary, , Section: Wastewater Treatment & Re-Use, pp: 7-12 ISBN:
(2006) Development of a Physico-Chemical process for the Removal of Organic Compounds from Waste Streams
In Advanced Technology in the Environmental Field; Canada : ACTA Press pp. 7-12

2001

Novel approaches to combat insect contamination on HLFC wings
O'Donoghue, D; O'Dwyer, TF; Young, T; Pembroke, JT
(2001) Novel approaches to combat insect contamination on HLFC wings
In AERODYNAMIC DRAG REDUCTION TECHNOLOGIES; Germany : Springer-Verlag pp. 351-358

Peer Reviewed Journals

2012

Chemical and physical features of living and non-living maerl rhodoliths
O'Reilly, SS,Hurley, S,Coleman, N,Monteys, X,Szpak, M,O'Dwyer, T,Kelleher, BP
(2012) Chemical and physical features of living and non-living maerl rhodoliths
In Aquatic Biology; pp. 215-224
DOI: 10.3354/ab00431

2010

Utilisation of phosphorus nutrient content in industrial scale plasmid DNA production: a waste minimisation study
Cliffe, FE; Walsh, G; O'Dwyer, TF
(2010) Utilisation of phosphorus nutrient content in industrial scale plasmid DNA production: a waste minimisation study
In Journal Of Cleaner Production; pp. 1066-1072
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2010.02.013

2010

A Study of the Mechanisms of Divalent Copper Binding to a Modified Cellulose Adsorbent
O'Connell, DW; Aszalos, B; Birkinshaw, C; O'Dwyer, TF
(2010) A Study of the Mechanisms of Divalent Copper Binding to a Modified Cellulose Adsorbent
In Journal Of Applied Polymer Science; pp. 2496-2503
DOI: 10.1002/app.31889

2008

Heavy Metal Adsorbents Prepared from the Modification of Cellulose: A Review
O'Connell D., Birkinshaw C. and O'Dwyer T.F.*
(2008) Heavy Metal Adsorbents Prepared from the Modification of Cellulose: A Review
In Bioresource Technology; pp. 6709-6724

2008

Removal of Aniline from Waste Streams Using a Combined Adsorption and Catalytic Oxidation Approach
O'Brien, J; Curtin, T; O'Dwyer, TF
(2008) Removal of Aniline from Waste Streams Using a Combined Adsorption and Catalytic Oxidation Approach
In Adsorption Science & Technology; pp. 311-321

2008

A novel process for the removal of aniline from wastewaters
O'Brien, J; O'Dwyer, TF; Curtin, T
(2008) A novel process for the removal of aniline from wastewaters
In Journal Of Hazardous Materials; pp. 476-482
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2008.02.064

2006

Removal of lead(II) ions from aqueous solutions using a modified cellulose adsorbent
O'Connell, DW; Birkinshaw, C; O'Dwyer, TF
(2006) Removal of lead(II) ions from aqueous solutions using a modified cellulose adsorbent
In Adsorption Science & Technology; pp. 337-347
DOI: 10.1260/026361706779319670

2006

A modified cellulose adsorbent for the removal of nickel(II) from aqueous solutions
O'Connell, DW; Birkinshaw, C; O'Dwyer, TF
(2006) A modified cellulose adsorbent for the removal of nickel(II) from aqueous solutions
In Journal Of Chemical Technology And Biotechnology; pp. 1820-1828
DOI: 10.1002/jctb.1609

2006

A chelating cellulose adsorbent for the removal of Cu(II) from aoueous solutions
O'Connell, DW; Birkinshaw, C; O'Dwyer, TF
(2006) A chelating cellulose adsorbent for the removal of Cu(II) from aoueous solutions
In Journal Of Applied Polymer Science; pp. 2888-2897
DOI: 10.1002/app.22568

2005

An investigation into adsorption of aniline from aqueous solution using H-beta zeolites and copper-exchanged beta zeolites
O'Brien J., Curtin T., O'Dwyer T.F.
(2005) An investigation into adsorption of aniline from aqueous solution using H-beta zeolites and copper-exchanged beta zeolites
In Adsorption Science And Technology; pp. 255-266
DOI: 10.1260/0263617054353582

2004

Adsorption of aniline from aqueous solution using copper-exchanged ZSM-5 and unmodified H-ZSM-5
O'Brien, J; Curtin, T; O'Dwyer, TF
(2004) Adsorption of aniline from aqueous solution using copper-exchanged ZSM-5 and unmodified H-ZSM-5
In Adsorption Science & Technology; pp. 743-754
DOI: 10.1260/0263617043026488

2003

An investigation of amorphous phase separation, leachability and surface area of an ionomer glass system and a sodium-boro-silicate glass system
Rafferty, A; Hill, R; Kelleher, B; O'Dwyer, T
(2003) An investigation of amorphous phase separation, leachability and surface area of an ionomer glass system and a sodium-boro-silicate glass system
In Journal Of Materials Science; pp. 3891-3902
DOI: 10.1023/A:1026240525763

2002

Advances in Poultry Litter Disposal Technology - A Review
Kelleher, BP; Leahy, JJ; Henihan, AM; O'Dwyer, TF; Sutton, D; Leahy, M
(2002) Advances in Poultry Litter Disposal Technology - A Review
In Bioresource Technology; pp. 27-36

2002

Utilisation of a mesoporous silicate material for the removal of quaternary ammonium hydroxides (QAHs) from aqueous solution
Kelleher, BP; Doyle, AM; Hodnett, BK; O'Dwyer, TF
(2002) Utilisation of a mesoporous silicate material for the removal of quaternary ammonium hydroxides (QAHs) from aqueous solution
In Adsorption Science & Technology; pp. 261-267
DOI: 10.1260/026361702760254441

2002

The use of fly ash from the combustion of poultry litter for the adsorption of chromium(III) from aqueous solution
Kelleher, BP; O'Callaghan, MN; Leahy, MJ; O'Dwyer, TF; Leahy, JJ
(2002) The use of fly ash from the combustion of poultry litter for the adsorption of chromium(III) from aqueous solution
In Journal Of Chemical Technology And Biotechnology; pp. 1212-1218
DOI: 10.1002/jctb.689

2002

An investigation of surfactant and enzyme formulations for the alleviation of insect contamination on Hybrid Laminar Flow Control (HLFC) surfaces
O'Donoghue, D; Young, TM; Pembroke, JT; O'Dwyer, TF
(2002) An investigation of surfactant and enzyme formulations for the alleviation of insect contamination on Hybrid Laminar Flow Control (HLFC) surfaces
In Aerospace Science And Technology; pp. 19-29
DOI: 10.1016/S1270-9638(01)01141-5

2002

An investigation into the adsorption characteristics of grafted mesoporous silicates for the removal of tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide from aqueous solution
Kelleher, BP; Doyle, AM; Hodnett, BK; O'Dwyer, TF
(2002) An investigation into the adsorption characteristics of grafted mesoporous silicates for the removal of tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide from aqueous solution
In Adsorption Science & Technology; pp. 787-796
DOI: 10.1260/026361702321104273

2002

Intercalation of benzamide into expanded kaolinite under ambient environmental conditions
Kelleher, BP; O'Dwyer, TF
(2002) Intercalation of benzamide into expanded kaolinite under ambient environmental conditions
In Clays And Clay Minerals; pp. 331-335
DOI: 10.1346/00098600260358085

2002

The effect of kaolinite intercalation on the structural arrangements of N-methylformamide and 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone
Kelleher, BP; Sutton, D; O'Dwyer, TF
(2002) The effect of kaolinite intercalation on the structural arrangements of N-methylformamide and 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone
In Journal Of Colloid And Interface Science; pp. 219-224
DOI: 10.1006/jcis.2002.8666

2001

Novel Approaches to Combat Insect Contamination on Hybrid Laminar Flow Control Wings
O'Donoghue, D; Young, T; O'Dwyer, TF; Pembroke, JT
(2001) Novel Approaches to Combat Insect Contamination on Hybrid Laminar Flow Control Wings
In Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics - Aerodynamic Drag Reduction Technologies, Springer-Verlag, Berlin.; pp. 357-365

2001

The Preparation and Use of a Mesoporous Silicate Material for the Removal of Tetramethyl Ammonium Hydroxide (TMAH) from Aqueous Solution
Kelleher, BK; Doyle, AM; O'Dwyer, TF; Hodnett, BK
(2001) The Preparation and Use of a Mesoporous Silicate Material for the Removal of Tetramethyl Ammonium Hydroxide (TMAH) from Aqueous Solution
In Journal Of Chemical Technology And Biotechnology; pp. 1216-1222

1995

RECOVERY OF CHROMIUM FROM TANNERY EFFLUENTS USING A REDOX ADSORPTION APPROACH
ODWYER, TF; HODNETT, BK
(1995) RECOVERY OF CHROMIUM FROM TANNERY EFFLUENTS USING A REDOX ADSORPTION APPROACH
In Journal Of Chemical Technology And Biotechnology; pp. 30-37
DOI: 10.1002/jctb.280620105

1992

Materials for Advanced Technology Applications: Adsorbents for the Removal of Chromium from Effluents
O'Dwyer, T; Hodnett, BK
(1992) Materials for Advanced Technology Applications: Adsorbents for the Removal of Chromium from Effluents
In Key Engineering Materials; pp. 529-

Other Journals

1992

Adsorbents for the Removal of Chromium from Tannery Effluents
O'Dwyer, TF; Hodnett, BK
(1992) Adsorbents for the Removal of Chromium from Tannery Effluents
In Materials for Advanced Technology Applications, Key Engineering Materials, Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.; pp. 529-536

Conference Publications

2014

4th international congress on Green Process Engineering
Witt, M. O'Dwyer, T. and Walsh, G.
(2014) 4th international congress on Green Process Engineering

2012

Proceedings of the 5th international conference on sustainable energy and environmental protection
Witt, M. O'Dwyer, T. and Walsh, G.
(2012) Proceedings of the 5th international conference on sustainable energy and environmental protection

2012

BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing
Witt, M., O'Dwyer, T. and Walsh, G.
(2012) BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing

2010

Environ 2010
Witt, M. O'Dwyer, T. and Walsh, G.
(2010) Environ 2010

2010

The international conference on environmental science and technology (ICEST 2010)
Robinson, C. Walsh, G. and O'Dwyer, T.
(2010) The international conference on environmental science and technology (ICEST 2010)

2010

5th Annual International Symposium on Environment
Robinson, C., Walsh, G. and O'Dwyer, T.
(2010) 5th Annual International Symposium on Environment

2010

EPA National Research Conference 2010
Witt, M. O'Dwyer, T and Walsh, G.
(2010) EPA National Research Conference 2010

2010

EPA National Research Conference 2010
Robinson, C. Walsh, G. and O'Dwyer, T.
(2010) EPA National Research Conference 2010

2009

Environ 2009
Cliffe, F., Walsh, G. and O'Dwyer, T.
(2009) Environ 2009

2009

Environ 2009
Robinson, C. , Walsh, G. and O'Dwyer, T.
(2009) Environ 2009

2008

WASTE MANAGEMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT IV
OConnell, DW; Birkinshaw, C; ODwyer, TF
(2008) WASTE MANAGEMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT IV
pp. 809-818
DOI: 10.2495/WM080821

2007

Water Resources Management IV
OBrien, J; Curtin, T; ODwyer, TF
(2007) Water Resources Management IV
pp. 447-456
DOI: 10.2495/WRM070421

2006

Water Pollution VIII: Modelling, Monitoring and Management
OConnell, DW; Birkinshaw, C; ODwyer, TF
(2006) Water Pollution VIII: Modelling, Monitoring and Management
pp. 489-498
DOI: 10.2495/WP060481

2006

Proceedings of the Second IASTED International Conference on Advanced Technology in the Environmental Field
OBrien, J; Curtin, T; ODwyer, TF
(2006) Proceedings of the Second IASTED International Conference on Advanced Technology in the Environmental Field
pp. 7-12

2001

AERODYNAMIC DRAG REDUCTION TECHNOLOGIES
ODonoghue, D; ODwyer, TF; Young, T; Pembroke, T
(2001) AERODYNAMIC DRAG REDUCTION TECHNOLOGIES
pp. 351-358

Conference Contributions

2014

4th International Congress on Green Process Engineering
Witt, M. O'Dwyer, T. and Walsh, G.
(2014) 4th International Congress on Green Process Engineering
Sevilla, Spain