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Professor Aonghus Mc Nabola

Professor in Civil Eng / Head of Dept (Civil Struct & Env. Eng.)

Prof. McNabola is a Professor in Energy and the Environment at the Dept of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, TCD. His research interests lie in the field of Environmental Fluid Dynamics where he has applied this expertise in air pollution, energy efficiency and/or water services sectors. He has been active in this field of research for over 15 years. Prof. McNabola teaches at postgraduate and undergraduate levels in the subject areas of hydraulics, air pollution and renewable energy. He holds a qualification in teaching and learning at third level and has been involved in teaching activities in Italy and India. Prof. McNabola is a Visiting Reader at the Global Centre for Air Research(GCARE), at the Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the University of Surrey, UK. He is also a Colaborador Honorario (Adjunct Professor) at the Hydraulic division of the Agronomy Department at University of Córdoba, Spain. Prof. McNabola is an Associate Editor for the international journal, Transport Research Part D: Transport and the Environment. He is also a regular reviewer for journals such as Renewable Energy, Atmospheric Environment, Water Resources Management, etc. Prof. McNabola currently leads a group of 8 PhD students and 3 postdoctoral researchers and is involved, primarily as the lead partner and principal investigator, in a number of national and international collaborative projects, funded by Horizon 2020, INTERREG ERDF,SEAI and the EPA. Prof. McNabola has a h-index of 25 and an i-10 index of 45. He has generated funding of over €5.25 Million from national and primarily EU sources in over 20 funded research projects since 2008.
  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 International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate 2014 to date
Member of the International Association of Hydraulics Research (IAHR) 2015 to date
Member of the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI) 2013 to date
Member of the WATEF Network (water efficiency) 2016 to date
Helena M Ramos, Armando Carravetta, Aonghus McNabola & Kemi Adeyeye, Environmental Hydraulics Research. , Print edition of Special Issue, Switzerland, MDPI, 2021, 1 - 270pp, Book, PUBLISHED  URL
Mitrovic D, Garcia Morillo J, Rodriguez Diaz JA, McNabola A., Optimization based methodology for selection of a PAT to replace a PRV in water distribution networks: Theoretical upper bound of energy recovery & comparison of three different objective functions., 6th IAHR Europe Congress, Warsaw Poland, 30th June - 2nd July, 2021, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Mitrovic D, Garcia Morillo J, Rodriguez Diaz JA, McNabola A., Optimization-Based Methodology for Selection of a Pump-as-Turbine in Water Distribution Networks: Effects of Different Objectives & Machine Operation Limits on Best Efficiency Point., Journal of Water Resources Planning & Management, 147, (5), 2021, p04021019 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Crespo Chacon M., Rodriguez Diaz JA., Garcia Morillo J., McNabola A., Evaluation of the Design and Performance of a Micro hydropower Plant in a Pressurized Irrigation Network: Real World Application at Farm-level in Southern Spain, Renewable Energy, 169, 2021, p1106 - 1120, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Merida Garcia A, Rodriguez Diaz JA, Garcial Morillo J, McNabola A., Energy recovery potential in industrial and municipal wastewater networks using microhydropower in Spain, Water. special Issue: Integrated Management of Water Systems: Energy Recovery, Pressure Control, and Smart Solutions, 13, (691), 2021, p1-14 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mitrovic D, Crespo Chacón M, Mérida García A, García Morillo J, Rodríguez Diaz JA, Ramos HM, Adeyeye K, Carravetta A, McNabola A, Multi-Country Scale Assessment of available Energy Recovery Potential using Micro-hydropower in Drinking, Pressurised Irrigation and Wastewater Networks, covering part of the EU, Water, 13, (889), 2021, p1 - 18, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Merida Garcia A, Gallagher J, Crespo Chacon M, McNabola A, The Environmental and Economic Benefits of a Hybrid Hydropower Energy Recovery and Solar Energy System (PAT-PV), under varying energy demands in the Agricultural Sector , Journal of Cleaner Production, 303, (127078), 2021, p1-11 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Considine B, Gallagher J, Kumar P, McNabola A, Numerical investigation on the ingress of particulate matter from ambient air into the inlet of a building air handling unit, Indoor Air, 00, 2021, p1 - 12, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Nagpal H, Spriet J, Murali M, McNabola A., Heat Recovery from Wastewater - A Review of Available Resources, Water, 13, (1274), 2021, p1-26 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ramos HM, Carravetta A, McNabola A., New Challenges in Water Systems, Switzerland, MDPI, 2020, 1 - 200pp, Book, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Novara, D., McNabola, A., Field Demonstration of Pump as Turbines as Micro-hydropower Converters, All Energy Conference & Exhibition , Glasgow, 15-16 May, 2019, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Crespo Chacon M., McNabola, A, Hydropower energy recovery potential from irrigation networks, The 28th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ 2018), Cork, 26-28 March, 2018, Poster, PUBLISHED
Mitrovic D & McNabola A, Hydropower energy recovery potential of water distribution networks: Assessing the correlation between the potential and geographical data, The 28th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ 2018), Cork, 26-28 March, 2018, Poster, PUBLISHED
Kougias, I, Moro A, Novara. D, McNabola, A et al., Emerging Technologies in the Hydropower sector, Joint Research Centre: Conference & Workshop Reports, JRC111048, Ispra, European Commission JRC, 2018, p1 - 54, Report, PUBLISHED
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
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
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
Garcia Morillo, J., Camacho, E., Montesisnos, P., Rodriguez-Diaz, J.A., McNabola, A., Exploring hydro potential in a pressurized irrigation network, International Journal of Hydropower & Dams, 24, (5), 2017, p66-73-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
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


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