Rory Doherty

    Dr Rory Doherty

    Senior Lecturer

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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.



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

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

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

    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


    Industry and Community Engagement


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

    EU ITNREMEDIATE – NI project partners, Belfast City Council, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Environment Agency 2014 - 2018

    Politics Plus - MLA Scientist Pairing Scheme 2014

    Founding member of the Ireland Brownfield Network 2012 – over 350 members and rising!



    PhD Supervision 

    7 students supervised to completion 3 as first supervisor

    7 actively researching projects


    Professional Memberships / Affiliations

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

    Member of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (MCIWM) 


    ORCID ID 0000-0001-7583-0592Researcher IDGoogle 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.




    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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