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I am an academic who applies chemistry, geophysics and microbiology to environmental problems to produce viable engineering solutions. My interests are: The Circular Economy, Reuse & Recovery of Hazardous & Valuable Materials, Restoration of Peatlands, Sustainable Remediation of Pollution, Identification and apportionment of Potentially Toxic Elements.

 

Leadership

Lead Co-ordinator EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks  REMEDIATE (2014 -2018) Total Project Value €4 million – Value to QUB €1.1 million

Principal Investigator – NERC Multidisciplinary Methods to Monitor and Manage Blanket Bogs 2018

Principal Investigator – SBRI project BEST ’BioElectrochemical Systems & Technology’ (2017)

EU H2020 MSCA International Fellowship Zoltan Sas ‘ByBM’ By Products for Building Materials (2016-2018)

Editorial Activity – STOTEN – VSI – MSCA Remediate 2018-19

Editorial Activity – Interpretation 2015 – Special Section on Characterisation and Monitoring of Subsurface Contamination 

ISEH 2016 Scientific and Organizing Committee Member

UK Member EU Cost Network – Norm4Building (2013 -2017)

Elected to Scientific and Technical Committee - Chartered Institute of Wastes Management 2013-16

Academic Lead of Stable Isotope Facility at QUB 2014

Chair of School Safety committee 2008-2013

Faculty representative – Major incident group and hazardous materials sub group 2009-2011

Level 4 Advisor of Studies – Civil Engineering 2018 -

 

Industry and Community Engagement

Award winning - Fusion Project - Environmental Forensics with CLS labs Galway –2014-2016 Total Project Value €145,500

EU ITN REMEDIATE – Project partners include, Belfast City Council, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, RSK, University Sao Paolo

Politics Plus - MLA Scientist Pairing Scheme 2014

Founding member of the Ireland Brownfield Network 2012 – over 450 members and rising!

 

PhD Supervision 

8 students supervised to completion 4 as first supervisor

6 actively researching projects

 

Professional Memberships / Affiliations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Member of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (MCIWM) 

 

ORCID ID 0000-0001-7583-0592Google Scholar MendeleyLinkedin

Research Interests

Research Statement

Research Area - The Circular Economy 

The Circular Economy is based around good design of products that can be reused and upcycled into a second, third, fourth life. My area of interest is how to regain value from materials that are often costly and difficult to manage – hazardous wastes. I am interested in how to regain value from by either the recovery of valuable materials (metals) or the reuse of these materials into products that pose no harm to health or the environment. Costs are saved through reduction in disposal and by the value of the new products. Projects include  EU H2020 IF By Products For Building Materials ‘By-BM’ with Research Fellow Zoltan Sas , Innovate UK REcovery and uSe of Cement kIN Dust as the alkali Activator for Geopolymeric (Cementless) Concrete Building Blocks ‘ RESCIND’ and EU Cost Action ‘NORM4Building’ & PhD Student Liz Gilligan 

 

 

Research Area - Biogeophysics / Bio-Electrochemical systems

Biogeophysics is an emerging discipline that utilises near surface geophysical methods (self potential, induced polarisation) to measure and modify biogeochemical environments (contaminant plumes, changes in redox state and microbial activity) in real time. These methods are of interest as they have low cost, inexpensive, non intrusive attributes - making them good candidates as sustainable remediation tools. There is promise for transfer of these methods to monitor and eventually help design biological systems such as waste water treatment, anaerobic digestion, and contaminated land technologies. Projects include REMEDIATE PhD Candidate PanagiotisKirmizakis and BEST ‘BioElectrochemical Systems and Technology’

 

Research Area - Geogenic and anthropogenic sources that affect land quality.

Urban and rural areas may also have significant sources of diffuse contamination from air pollution or from naturally occurring mineralised soils. We attempt to map and characterise the geological and industrial legacy of these sources. Projects include: PhD Candidate Laura McAnallen who is working on the effectiveness of peatland restoration using isotopic, biogeochemical and geophysical approaches. & REMEDIATE PhD Candidate Tatiana Cocerva who is developing Bioaccessibility methods to characterise urban soils.

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Teaching

The majority of my teaching is at postgraduate or final year level. I use my industrial experience to make my environmental engineering modules as relevant as possible, giving students the key skills that they will require as environmental engineers and scientists.

I incorporate the latest guidance and tools as part of the taught and assessed courses to give students the advantage as they enter the job market. 

Current modules 

CIV3007 Design 3 (Co-ordinator)

CIV3006 Project 3 (Co-ordinator)

CIV7040 Land Water & Air Quality (Co-ordinator)

CIV4040 Land Water & Air Quality (Co-ordinator)

CIV7039 Assessment of Environmental Impacts 

CIV4059 Assessment of Environmental Impacts

CIV7019 Modelling of Contaminant Transport (Co-ordinator)

 

 

 

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Selected Projects 2007 2018

Selected Research Output 2003 2019

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blanket bog
liquid
humification
monitoring
decomposition

Assessment of the energy recovery potential of waste Photovoltaic (PV) modules

Farrell, C., Osman, A. I., Zhang, X., Murphy, A., Doherty, R., Morgan, K., Rooney, D. W., Harrison, J., Coulter, R. & Shen, D., 01 Dec 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 13 p., 5267.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Recovery
Polymers
Pyrolysis
Crystalline materials
Silicon

Enhancement of gasworks groundwater remediation by coupling a bio-electrochemical and activated carbon system

Kirmizakis, P., Doherty, R., Mendonça, C. A., Costeira, R., Allen, C. C. R., Ofterdinger, U. S. & Kulakov, L., 01 Apr 2019, In : Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 26, 10, p. 9981-9991 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Groundwater
Remediation
Activated carbon
activated carbon
remediation
2 Citations (Scopus)
Groundwater flow
pollutant transport
Remediation
genetic algorithm
groundwater flow
5 Citations (Scopus)

Radiological characterisation of alkali-activated construction materials containing red mud, fly ash and ground granulated blast-furnace slag

Sas, Z., Sha, W., Soutsos, M., Doherty, R., Bondar, D., Gijbels, K. & Schroeyers, W., 01 Apr 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 659, p. 1496-1504 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Coal Ash
Alkalies
slag
Fly ash
fly ash
2 Citations (Scopus)

Radiological evaluation of industrial residues for construction purposes correlated with their chemical properties

Sas, Z., Vandevenne, N., Doherty, R., Vinai, R., Kwasny, J., Russell, M., Sha, W., Soutsos, M. & Schroeyers, W., 25 Mar 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 658, p. 141-151 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Radon
radon
Chemical properties
chemical property
Radioisotopes

Analysis of viral and bacterial communities in groundwater associated with contaminated land

Costeira, R., Doherty, R., Allen, C. C. R., Larkin, M. J. & Kulakov, L. A., 15 Mar 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 656, p. 1413-1426 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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contaminated land
Bacteriophages
Groundwater
plume
Bacteria

Combined use of geophysical and geochemical methods to assess areas of active, degrading and restored blanket bog

McAnallen, L., Doherty, R., Donohue, S., Kirmizakis, P. & Mendonça, C., 15 Apr 2018, In : Science of the Total Environment. 621, p. 762-771 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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blanket bog
geochemical method
geophysical method
Peat
peat
8 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
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Radioactivity
Byproducts
Radium
Construction industry
Isotopes
5 Citations (Scopus)

Organic composition and multiphase stable isotope analysis of active, degrading and restored blanket bog

McAnallen, L., Doherty, R. & Ogle, N., 01 Dec 2017, In : Science of the Total Environment. 599-600, p. 1779-1790

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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blanket bog
Isotopes
stable isotope
Gases
Peat
15 Citations (Scopus)

The relationship between historical development and potentially toxic element concentrations in urban soils

McIlwaine, R., Doherty, R., Cox, S. F. & Cave, M., Jan 2017, In : Environmental Pollution . 220, p. 1036-1049 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Poisons
Soil
Soils
Urbanization
Contamination
9 Citations (Scopus)

The Environmental Fate of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in western Taiwan and coastal waters: evaluation with a fugacity based model

O'Driscoll, K., Robinson, J., Chiang, W-S., Chen, Y-Y. & Doherty, R., Jul 2016, In : Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 23, 13, p. 13222-13234 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Halogenated Diphenyl Ethers
environmental fate
PBDE
fugacity
Taiwan
2 Citations (Scopus)

Microbial Ecology and Geo-electrical Responses across a Groundwater Plume

Doherty, R., McPolin, B., Kulessa, B., Frau, A., Kulakova, A., Allen, C. C. R. & Larkin, M. J., Nov 2015, In : Interpretation (Society of Exploration Geophysicists). 3, 4, p. SAB9-SAB21 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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microbial ecology
plume
groundwater
self potential
groundwater control
4 Citations (Scopus)

Resistivity and Induced Polarization Monitoring of Biogas combined with Microbial Ecology on a Brown field Site

Mendonça, C. A., Doherty, R., Debellis Amaral, N. D., McPolin, B., Larkin, M. J. & Ustra, A., Nov 2015, In : Interpretation (Society of Exploration Geophysicists). 3, 4, p. SAB43-SAB56 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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ecology
induced polarization
microbial ecology
biogas
electrical resistivity
2 Citations (Scopus)

Integrated Earth Resistivity Tomography (ERT) and Multilevel Gas Sampling: A Tool to Map Geogenic and Anthropogenic Methane Accumulation on Brownfield Sites

Mendonça, C. A., Doherty, R., Fornaro, A., Abreu, E. L., Novaes, G. C., Fachin, S. J. S. & La-Scalea, M. A., Jul 2015, In : Environmental Earth Sciences. 74, 2, p. 1217-1226 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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brownfields
brownfield site
soil gas
soil air
tomography
20 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
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Poisons
Soils
Distribution functions
Vanadium
soil

Assessment of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in an Urban Soil Dataset

Doherty, R., McIlwaine, R., McAnallen, L. & Cox, S., 15 Jul 2015, Environmental Forensics: Proceedings of the 2014 INEF conference . O'Sullivan, G. & Megson, D. (eds.). Royal Society of Chemistry, p. 92-103 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

PAH
soil
pyrene
soil temperature
modeling
17 Citations (Scopus)

A microbial fuel cell in contaminated ground delineated by electrical self-potential and normalized induced polarization data

Doherty, R., Kulessa, B., Ferguson, A., Larkin, M., Kulakov, L. & Kalin, B., Sep 2010, In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 115, G3, G00G08.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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self potential
induced polarization
fuel cell
plume
pollutant

Prizes

Shortlisted for "Most Inspirational Teaching"

Rory Doherty (Recipient), Apr 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Champions of EU Research

Rory Doherty (Recipient) & Michael Larkin (Recipient), 28 Jun 2017

Prize: National/international honour

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EU
certification
Ireland
leadership

FUSION Project Exemplar Award

Rory Doherty (Recipient), 25 Jan 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Selected Activities 2007 2019

The Science of the total environment (Journal)

Rory Doherty (Guest editor)
2018Mar 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Chemosphere (Journal)

Rory Doherty (Peer reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Sustainable Development Goals - Infrastructure & Innovation

Rory Doherty (Recipient)
28 Mar 2019

Activity: Other activity typesHosting a school group or open day

External Examiner PhD

Rory Doherty (Examiner)
01 Oct 2018

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

REMEDIATE Conference

Rory Doherty (Organiser)
19 Sep 201820 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

External Examiner PhD

Rory Doherty (Examiner)
24 Jan 2017

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

Science of the Total Environment (Journal)

Rory Doherty (Peer reviewer)
Aug 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Dirty Old Town (Heavy Metal City)

Rory Doherty (Invited speaker), Tatiana Cocerva (Advisor), Rebekka McIlwaine (Advisor)
30 Sep 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

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Invited Speaker: Circular Economy Research

Rory Doherty (Speaker)
17 May 2017

Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind

Invited Chairperson: Brownfield and Contaminated land 2017

Rory Doherty (Chair)
11 May 2017

Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind

REMEDIATE Summer School 2017

Rory Doherty (Organiser)
19 Jun 201723 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences (Journal)

Rory Doherty (Peer reviewer)
Sep 2016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Neha Mehta

Tatiana Cocerva (Host), Siobhan Cox (Host), Rory Doherty (Host)
17 Jul 201728 Jul 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Nenad Stojanovic

Rory Doherty (Host)
Aug 2016Sep 2016

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Seyed Morteza Seyedpour

Rory Doherty (Host)
Aug 2016Sep 2016

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Carlos Mendonca

Rory Doherty (Host)
May 2016Nov 2016

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

The work of Waste Aid UK

Rory Doherty (Host)
04 May 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

REMEDIATE Summer School

Rory Doherty (Organiser)
20 Jun 201623 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Interpretation (Society of Exploration Geophysicists) (Journal)

Rory Doherty (Editor)
01 Mar 201530 Nov 2015

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

EU Cost Action TU1301 (NORM4BUILDING)

Rory Doherty (Member)
18 Sep 201331 May 2017

Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

Press / Media

Eco Eye - For Peats Sake - Peatland Research

Rory Doherty & Laura McAnallen

16/01/2018

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research