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1 Overview of selection of wastewater and water research project at the Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork Paul Bolger, BSc, PhD, MBA Environmental Research Institute (Manager) E: p.bolger@ucc.ie W: http://eri.ucc.ie Showcasing Ireland's Water and Wastewater Research' - Enterprise Ireland, May 7th, 2014

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3 About the Environmental Research Institute Established in 2000 under PRTLI2 as a flagship UCC Institute to bring together environmental research from 10 departments and 4 research centres under a single multidisciplinary Institute. Key Drivers for the Institute The benefits of scale A strategic approach “One-stop-shop” Increased focus and expertise on funding acquisition (especially EU) Mission : To generate new research knowledge for the understanding and protection of our natural environment and develop technologies, tools and services to facilitate a transformation to a low carbon, resource efficient society.

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5 More than 250 Researchers (70 Principal Investigators, 85 Postdoctoral researchers/research staff, and 95 PhD/Master students) Funding: Over past 5 years Institute researchers have been awarded over €37 M in recurrent funding plus €16 M (PRTLI5) for the new Beaufort Laboratory in Ringaskiddy. Awarded €29 M MaREI marine renewable energy project in 2013 Research output: 699 peer reviewed research papers (2009-2013) Post-Graduate Supervision: Over 138 Postgraduate students supervised (2009-2013) UCC Research Quality Review (2009): Institute awarded the highest score of Level 5 i.e. research of a quality that is of world-leading standard (“a high level of inter-disciplinary research” “world-class facilities” “leaders in their field”) PRTLI Impact Report (2011): ERI was the only Institute/Centre in Ireland which had received funding in the environment and marine area in Ireland that demonstrated high impacts across all six evaluation categories (commercial, human capital, capability, reputation, national policy and wider impacts) and was one of the top ten funded Institutes in Ireland for generating income from non-exchequer and industry sources. Institute Capacity

6 Overview of a selection of water and wastewater projects at the Environmental Research Institute

7 Developing a zero-discharge domestic wastewater treatment system PI & Researcher: Dr Padraig Whelan, Prof Peter Jones and Fergus McAuliffe (School of BEES/ERI) Email: fergus.mcauliffe@umail.ucc.ie Funding Body: IRCSET Optimising the performance of willow-based WWT systems for Irish conditions Fergus McAuliffe, UCC

8 PI: Dr Niall O’ Leary (School of Microbiology/Environmental Research Institute) Email: n.oleary@ucc.ien.oleary@ucc.ie Funding Body: Environmental Protection Agency Applications of microbial systems for resource recovery in dairy wastewaters Bioaccumulation of Phosphate Polymers COD capture: Polyesters (plastics & biofuel) Novel Hydrolytic Enzymes We export our dairy produce but not our wastewater – can we turn this waste into a resource?

9 Optimising domestic scale biosand filters for potable water treatment Photos from http://www.cawst.org PI & Researcher: Dr Deborah Chapman and Greg Beechinor (School of BEES/ERI) Email: d.chapman@ucc.ied.chapman@ucc.ie Funding Body: IRCSET Developing a seed innoculum to catalyse the rapid development of a biolayer would protect millions of people in developing world

10 Pharmaceutical emissions in the environment PI & Researcher: Dr Deborah Chapman and Fabio Bacci (School of BEES/ERI) Email: d.chapman@ucc.ie and f.bacci@live.ied.chapman@ucc.ief.bacci@live.ie Funding Body: IRCSET Develop a model to predict likely pharmaceutical emissions based on consumption rates and population patterns

11 Pond weed –from green nuisance to green technology Using pondweed (Lemnaceae) for wastewater clean-up PI & Researcher: Dr Marcel Jansen (School of BEES/ERI) Email: m.jansen@ucc.ie Funding Body: IRCSET and EPA Devils Lake, North Dakota, 3 0 treatment Zn BCF > 1000 + Heavy metals + N and P Gammarus pulex + chlorophenols Lemna Punctata – No toxicity at high conc & able to degrade


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