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Dr. Aonghus McNabola

Assistant Professor (Civil Struct & Env. Eng.)

Dr. McNabola is a graduate of the School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, obtaining his BA, BAI degree in 2002 with first class honours. He subsequently worked in Engineering Consultancy for 2 years as a Civil & Environmental Engineer. Following on from this he carried out a PhD at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2007. The subject of his research was in air pollution measurement and CFD modelling of commuter traffic in Dublin. He worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at TCD on biofuel production prior to being appointed as an Assistant Professor in energy and environment in the Dept of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, TCD. Since his appointment Dr. McNabola has continued his research work in the fields of air pollution and CFD analysis, focusing on many aspects such as: air pollution control device development, health impacts, emissions modelling, exposure assessment and modelling. He has also expanded his work into the area of energy efficiency including projects in energy recovery in the water industry and energy recovery in buildings. His research interests include: the application of CFD analysis to engineering problems such as air pollution dispersion, fluid structure interactions, energy devices (wave/hydro/energy recovery); the study of air pollution exposure and its impact on human health; and the recovery of energy in urban systems. He is also active in the field of third level education research and a member of the TCD higher education research group CHEST. Dr. McNabola currently has 7 PhD students in his group and is involved in a number of international collaborative projects, funded by EU-FP7, INTERREG Ireland-Wales, PRTLI, Enterprise-Ireland and the EPA. Dr. McNabola also acts as a College Tutor and is a member of the University Council. He is the Director of the MSc in Engineering Course at Trinity and is engaged in the teaching of fluid dynamics and environmental engineering at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  Air pollution monitoring and assessment   Coastal & Ocean Engineering   Computational Fluid Dynamics   Energy Engineering   Environmental aspects of transportation   Environmental Effects, Fossil Energy   Environmental engineering   Environmental Impacts of Transport   Fluid Physics   Greenhouse gas emission assessment   Hydraulics engineering   Hydro power   Pollution   Pollution Control   Renewable energies   Tidal and Wave Energy
 Towards a More Sustainable System of Water Supply in Ireland and Wales: Exploring Opportunities for Hydropower in Break Pressure Tanks (Hydro-BPT)
 Activity/Location GIS Personal Exposure Air Pollution Model
 Ablative Flash Pyrolysis of Biomass and Waste
 Development of a Personal Exposure Reduction Strategy for Pedestrians using Active and Passive Low Boundary Walls
 The AER project

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Member of the Aerosol Society 2009 to date
Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers 2000 to date
Member of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
Volume 1: Hydro Energy in, editor(s)Leal, W., McNabola, A., Bessafi, M., Otieno, H.O., Chen, Z., Hameer, S.J., Scherer, P., Surroop, D.,Willner, T., Sass, I. , Handbook of Renewable Energy, Springer link, 2015, [Kucukali, S.], Book Chapter, SUBMITTED
McNabola, A & Morgan D., Full-scale long-term assessment of the performance of an aspiration efficiency based air pollution control device for Building HVAC systems , Healthy Buildings Europe , Eindhoven, 18-20th May, 2015, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
J Brady, S Patil, A McNabola, J Gallagher , P Coughlan, I Harris, A Packwood, P Williams, An assessment of climate change impacts on micro-hydropower energy recovery in water supply networks, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, 12-17th April, 2015, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Power, C., Coughlan, P., McNabola, A. , A Parametric Experimental Investigation of the Operating Conditions of Gravitational Vortex Hydropower (GVHP), Journal Conference on Clean Energy Technology, Florence, Italy, 19th & 20th March, 2015, pp1-8 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Lydon, T., Coughlan, P., McNabola, A., Pump-as-turbine: Testing and characterisation as an energy recovery device, for use within the water distribution network., ICWEEM 2015: XIII International Conference on Water, Energy and Environmental Management, Madrid, Spain, 26-27 March, 2015, pp1-8 , Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Alam S, Duffy P, Hyde B, McNabola A., Estimation and back extrapolation of CO2 emissions from the road transport sector: Emissions in Ireland, 1990 to 2013, 23rd International Conference on Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution, Valencia, Spain, 1st-3rd June , 2015, pp1-13 , Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
McCreddin, A. Alam M.S. McNabola A., Modelling Personal Exposure to Particulate Air Pollution: An Assessment of Time-Integrated Activity Modelling, Monte Carlo Simulation & Artificial Neural Network Approaches, International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 218, 2015, p107 - 116, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Alam, M.S. & McNabola, A., Exploring the modelling of Spatio-temporal variations in ambient air pollution within the land use regression framework: Estimation of PM10 concentrations on a daily basis, Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, 2015, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Gallagher, J., Gill, L.W., McNabola, A., Passive Control of Air Pollution Exposure in Dublin, Ireland: A Combined Measurement and Modelling Case Study, Transport Research Board, Washington USA, 2014, pp1-8 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
McCreddin, A. & McNabola A., Predicting the Personal Exposure of Office Workers to PM10 using Three Different Modelling Techniques, Indoor Air: 13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Hong Kong, 7th-12th July, V, 2014, pp1-8 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED

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Alam S, Duffy P, Hyde B, McNabola A., Common Air Pollutant Projections from the Irish Road Transport Sector under the Emissions Celling Directive (NECD) and Convention on Long-range Trans boundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP): A preliminary Analysis for 2035, 25th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ 2015), Sligo, 9th & 10th April, 2015, pp1-2 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Aonghus McNabola, The Air Pollution Impacts of Transport on Health, Strengthening the link between transport policy and public health through transdisciplinary collaboration, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1st-2nd May, 2014, Prof. M Hatzopoulou, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
McNabola, A & GIll L.W., Air Quality Research Group, Tobacco Control Research, ASH Ireland, TobaccoFree Research institute :10th 10th Anniversary of the introduction of the Workplace smoking ban in Ireland, Royal College of Physicians, Dublin., 24th February, edited by Prof. Luke Clancy , 2014, Poster, PUBLISHED
McNabola, A., Coughlan , Energy recovery in the water industry using micro-hydropower, Water Ireland: implementing a national water utility, Ashbourne, 15th May, 2013, Water & Wastewater Treatment, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
J. Gallagher, A. P. Williams, D. Styles, I. Harris, P. Coughlan, C. Power, L. Corcoran, A. McNabola., The Hydro-BPT Project: Realising the True Potential for Energy Recovery in the Water Industry in Ireland & Wales, ENVIRON 2013, Galway Ireland, 30th Jan - 1st Feb, 2013, Poster, PUBLISHED
McNabola, A, Docherty, N. Fellenz, M., The Perceived Benefits, Barriers & Solutions to Shared Critical Reflective Practice as a Component of Scholarship in Teaching: A Case Study from an Irish Higher Education Community of Practice., 10th Symposium on Higher Eduation: The Written Word: writing, publishing and communication in Higher Education, Galway, Ireland, 7th-8th June, 2012, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Gallagher, J., Williams, A.P., Styles, D., Harris, I.M., Packwood, A.J., Coughlan, P., Power, C., Corcoran, L., McNabola, A., Energy Recovery in the Water Industry: A Technical, Economic and Commercial Feasibility Study in Ireland and Wales, SPI Water Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 3rd & 4th December, 2012, Poster, PUBLISHED
Carr, D., McNabola, A., Gill, L.W., Developing Rock Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converters in Ireland, 5th Annual INORE Symposium , Southhampton UK, 9th-13th May, 2011, Poster, PUBLISHED
McCreddin A, Broderick B, Gill L.W, McNabola A., Preliminary Results of an Investigation of Personal Exposure by Activity & Location for the Greater Dublin Area, 12th Annual National Environmental Health Research Colloquium, Ireland, May 2010, edited by B. Delany , 2010, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
D. Carr, L.W. Gill, A. McNabola, Developing Rock Oscillating Water Column (OWC) Wave Energy Converters in Ireland. , TCD-UCD Innovation Day, Dublin, 27th April, 2010, Poster, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Colleens Prize for Civil Engineering 2002
Nominated for Siemens/I.E.I Young Engineer of the Year 2002
Enterprise Ireland, Industrial Technologies, Commercialisation Award 2011
Trinity College Dublin: Campus Company Award 2011
Accelerated Advancement Beyond Merit Bar (TCD) 2013