Projects per year
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.
Principal Investigator - US Ireland 154 Multi-scale Investigation of Bio-Based Mineral Precipitation in Carbonate Bearing Granular Soils and Construction Waste (2020-2023) Value to QUB £299,995 Total Project Value £1.2Million
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 500 members and rising!
10 students supervised to completion 6 as first supervisor
8 actively researching projects
Professional Memberships / Affiliations
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Member of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (MCIWM)
Geogenic and Anthropogenic sources of Potentially Toxic Elements Legacy of Industrial Air Pollution– Mapping soil contamination associated with historic air pollution Estimation of Background Concentrations, Bioaccessibility of contaminants, Chemometric approaches with large geochemical datasets, Source apportionment of greenhouse gases
Contaminated Land Remediation Design and Technology - Sustainable remediation technologies, PRBs , Ex-situ chemical oxidation methods, Large scale Microbial Fuel Cells/ Biochemical Electrical Systems
Biogeophysics - Optimise / monitor insitu remediation of groundwater, natural attenuation of groundwater, Monitoring of subsurface microbial environments, Source apportionment of soil gases, monitoring of soil gas production and movement
Contaminant Biogeochemistry- Microbial architecture of contaminant plumes
Environmental Forensics - Compound Specific Isotope Analysis of PAHs, Urban Soils
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.
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.
CIV7039 Assessment of Environmental Impacts (Co-ordinator)
CIV4059 Assessment of Environmental Impacts (Co-ordinator)
CIV3007 Design 3
CIV3006 Project 3 (Co-ordinator)
CIV7040 Land Water & Air Quality (Co-ordinator)
CIV4040 Land Water & Air Quality (Co-ordinator)
CIV7019 Modelling of Contaminant Transport (Co-ordinator)
CIV8039 Sustainable Wastes Management (Co-ordinator)
20/10/2017 → 31/10/2018
29/11/2016 → 31/03/2017
Enhancement of gasworks groundwater remediation by coupling a bio-electrochemical and activated carbon systemKirmizakis, 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 journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile3 Citations (Scopus)204 Downloads (Pure)
Combined use of geophysical and geochemical methods to assess areas of active, degrading and restored blanket bogMcAnallen, 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 journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile341 Downloads (Pure)
Chronic kidney disease of unknown origin is associated with environmental urbanisation in Belfast, UKMcKinley, J., Mueller, U., Atkinson, P., Ofterdinger, U., Cox, S., Doherty, R., Fogarty, D., Pawlowsky-Glahn, V. & Egozcue, J. J., 24 Jun 2020, In: Environmental Geochemistry and Health. 2020, p. 1 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)28 Downloads (Pure)
Technical challenges and opportunities in realising a circular economy for waste photovoltaic modulesFarrell, C., Osman Ahmed, A. O., Doherty, R., Saad, M., Zhang, X., Murphy, A., Harrison, J., Vennard, A., Kumaravel, V., Al-Muhtaseb, A. H. & Rooney, D., 27 May 2020, In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 128
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile12 Citations (Scopus)115 Downloads (Pure)
Radiological evaluation of by-products used in construction and alternative applications; Part I. - preparation of natural radioactivity databaseSas, Z., Doherty, R., Kovacs, T., Soutsos, M., Sha, W. & Schroeyers, W., 30 Sep 2017, In: Construction and Building Materials. 150, p. 227-237 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile11 Citations (Scopus)415 Downloads (Pure)
Rory Doherty (Recipient)28 Mar 2019
Activity: Other activity types › Hosting a school group or open day
Impact: Public Policy Impact
Rory Doherty (Participant)
Impact: Public Policy Impact