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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 Chapter

2010

The Degradation of Oligonucleotide-based Pharmaceutical Products by Selected Chemical Means
Robinson C., Walsh G. & O'Dwyer T.F.
Environmental Engineering & Sustainability,

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.
Waste Management & The Environment IV

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.
Water Pollution VIII

Conference Contribution

2014

Conference Publication

2014

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

2012
2010

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

2010

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

2010

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

2010

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

2009

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

2009

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

2008

WASTE MANAGEMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT IV
OConnell, DW; Birkinshaw, C; ODwyer, TF
DOI: 10.2495/WM080821

2007

Water Resources Management IV
OBrien, J; Curtin, T; ODwyer, TF
DOI: 10.2495/WRM070421

2006

Peer Reviewed Journal

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
Aquatic Biology DOI: 10.3354/ab00431

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
Journal Of Applied Polymer Science 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.*
Bioresource Technology

2006

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

2006

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

2006

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