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Dr. Aonghus Mc Nabola

Associate Professor (Civil Struct & Env. Eng.)

Dr. McNabola is a graduate of the School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, obtaining his Degree in Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering in 2002. 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 2008. 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 air pollution control 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 in water systems including projects on 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, water-energy devices (hydropower/energy recovery); the study of air pollution exposure and its impact on human health; and the recovery of energy in urban water systems. He is also active in the field of third level education research. Dr. McNabola currently leads a group of 4 PhD students and 6 postdocs and is involved in a number of national and international collaborative projects, funded by Horizon 2020, INTERREG ERDF, and the EPA. Dr. McNabola also acts as a College Tutor and is a member of the Quality Committee. 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   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   WATER SUPPLY
 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
Gallagher, M., McNabola, A., Kamber, B., Gill, L.W., Ghosh, B., Alam, M.S., Chemical Fingerprints of the Major Sources of PM2.5 in Dublin: A Focus on Diesel Vehicle Emissions, International Journal of Environmental Impacts, 1, (2), 2018, p127 - 138, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Alam S, Duffy P, Hyde B, McNabola A., Understanding the future landscape of PM2.5 emissions from passenger car transport in Ireland, 49th UTSG Conference, Dublin, 4-6 January, 2017, pp1-12 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Siva, V., Coughlan, P., McNabola, A., Building collaboration within a smart specialisation cluster through action learning, 4th International EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum, Milan, Italy, 27-28 February, 2017, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Novara, D., Carravetta, A., Derakhshan, S., McNabola, A., Ramos, H.M., A Cost model for Pumps as Turbines and a comparison of design strategies for their use as energy recovery devices in Water Supply Systems, 10th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Motor Driven Systems (EEMODS), Rome, 6-8 September, 2017, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Alam S, Duffy P, Hyde B, McNabola A., An Assessment of PM2.5 Reductions as a Result of Transport Fleet and Fuel Policies Addressing CO2 Emissions and Climate Change, 25th International Conference on Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution, Cadiz, Spain, 25-27 April, 2017, pp1-12 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Coughlan, P., Gallagher, J., Siva, V., Coghlan, D., McNabola, A., Developing integrated low-carbon and smart energy innovations in water and energy: creating a smart specialisation cluster, 24th Innovation and Product Development Management Conference, Reykjavic Iceland, 11-13 June, 2017, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Gallagher, M., McNabola, A., Kamber, B., Gill, L.W., Ghosh, B., Alam, M.S., Particulate Matter from Diesel Vehicles: Emission & Exposure in Dublin, The 27th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ 2017) , Athlone, 10-12 April, 2017, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Novara, D., McNabola, A., Estimation of unit cost and maximum efficiency for Pumps as Turbines, IWA 9th Eastern European Young Water Professionals Conference, Budapest, 24th-27th MAy, 2017, pp1-9 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Alam, M.S., Hyde, B., Duffy, P., McNabola, A., Downscaling national road transport emission to smaller geographical areas in Greater Dublin Area, Ireland, UK-Ireland Planing Research Conference, Queens University Beflast, 11-13 Sept, 2017, pp1-8 , Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Power, C., Coughlan, P., McNabola, A. , Micro-Hydropower Energy Recovery at Waste Water Treatment Plants: Turbine Selection and Optimisation, Journal of Energy Engineering, 143, (1), 2017, p1-7 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Novara, D., McNabola A., Pumps as Turbines technology for energy recovery from Water Supply Systems, The 27th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ 2017) , Athlone, 10-12 April, 2017, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Carravetta, A., Derakhshan, S., Gallagher, J., Malavasi, S., McNabola, A., Ramos H.M., PAT - Pump As Turbines, a reliable and economical solution for energy recovery, World Pumps, 2017, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
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


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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