Dr Eoghan Clifford

Ph.D

Contact Details

Lecturer
Civil Engineering
ENG-1035
Civil Engineering, College of Engineering and Informatics
NUI Galway
Galway

T: 091 492219
E: eoghan.clifford@nuigalway.ie
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researcher

Biography

I am currently a lecturer in Civil Engineering, NUI Galway with 12 years’ experience in the areas of water, wastewater, waste treatment and sustainable transport in the academic, research and private spheres. In my current role I am the Programme Director of the 1st year engineering at NUI Galway and lecture in various water and transport engineering modules. I currently manage over € 4.5 m in research funding; I am the coordinator of an ongoing recent FP7 grant - WATERNOMCS (€ 2.95 m). I have been involved as lead investigator, co-investigator or collaborator in € 7 m worth of research funding. My current research team comprises 16 postgraduate students and research staff. My key research and educational interests lie in the areas of wastewater and water engineering and the development of tools and sustainable technology that can improve outcomes in these sectors. I have a particular interest also in areas such as policy, improving educational outcomes and awareness that lead to more sustainable water and energy usage and the links between water and energy at a local, national and international scale. I am leading with projects that involve Irish Water, the private wastewater/water sectors, second and third level educational sector, agriculture and aquaculture sector and work with numerous international partners. I also host visiting students from various water/wastewater engineering departments in France, USA and Brazil. 

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'An embodied carbon and embodied energy appraisal of a section of Irish motorway constructed in peatlands'
Duggan, A.R., McCabe, B.A., Goggins, J., Clifford, E. (2015) 'An embodied carbon and embodied energy appraisal of a section of Irish motorway constructed in peatlands'. Construction And Building Materials, 79 :402-419 [Details]
(2015) 'An embodied carbon and embodied energy appraisal of a section of Irish motorway constructed in peatlands'
Duggan, A.R., McCabe, B.A., Goggins, J., Clifford, E. (2015) 'An embodied carbon and embodied energy appraisal of a section of Irish motorway constructed in peatlands'. Construction And Building Materials, 79 :402-419 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'An evaluation of the performance and optimization of a new wastewater treatment technology: the air suction flow-biofilm reactor'
Forde, P,Kennelly, C,Gerrity, S,Collins, G,Clifford, E (2015) 'An evaluation of the performance and optimization of a new wastewater treatment technology: the air suction flow-biofilm reactor'. Environmental Technology, 36 :1188-1204 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Carbon costs and savings of Greenways: creating a balance sheet for the sustainable design of cycling routes'
Manton R., Duggan A., Goggins J., Clifford E. (2014) 'Carbon costs and savings of Greenways: creating a balance sheet for the sustainable design of cycling routes'. Int. J. of Environment and Sustainable Development, 13 (1):3-19 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Liquid phase optimisation in a horizontal flow biofilm reactor (HFBR) technology for the removal of methane at low temperatures'
Kennelly, C,Gerrity, S,Collins, G,Clifford, E (2014) 'Liquid phase optimisation in a horizontal flow biofilm reactor (HFBR) technology for the removal of methane at low temperatures'. Chemical Engineering Journal, 242 :144-154 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Efficacy of measuring cellular ATP levels to determine the inactivation of pulsed UV treated Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts suspended in water'
Garvey, M,Hayes, J,Clifford, E,Kirf, D,Rowan, N (2013) 'Efficacy of measuring cellular ATP levels to determine the inactivation of pulsed UV treated Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts suspended in water'. Water Science And Technology-Water Supply, 13 :202-213 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Inactivation of recalcitrant protozoan oocysts and bacterial endospores in drinking water using high-intensity pulsed UV light irradiation'
Hayes, J.C., Garvey, M., Fogarty, A.M., Clifford, E., and Rowan, N.J. (2012) 'Inactivation of recalcitrant protozoan oocysts and bacterial endospores in drinking water using high-intensity pulsed UV light irradiation'. Water Science And Technology, 12 (4):513-522 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Performance of a woodchip filter to treat dairy soiled water'
Ruane, EM,Murphy, PNC,Clifford, E,O'Reilly, E,French, P,Rodgers, M (2012) 'Performance of a woodchip filter to treat dairy soiled water'. Journal Of Environmental Management, 95 :49-55 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Inactivation of recalcitrant protozoan oocysts and bacterial endospores in drinking water using high-intensity pulsed UV light irradiation'
Hayes, JC,Garvey, M,Fogarty, AM,Clifford, E,Rowan, NJ (2012) 'Inactivation of recalcitrant protozoan oocysts and bacterial endospores in drinking water using high-intensity pulsed UV light irradiation'. Water Science And Technology-Water Supply, 12 :513-522 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'A horizontal flow biofilm reactor (HFBR) technology for the removal of methane and hydrogen sulphide at low temperatures'
Kennelly, C,Clifford, E,Gerrity, S,Walsh, R,Rodgers, M,Collins, G (2012) 'A horizontal flow biofilm reactor (HFBR) technology for the removal of methane and hydrogen sulphide at low temperatures'. Water Science And Technology, 66 :1997-2006 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Optimization of a horizontal-flow biofilm reactor for the removal of methane at low temperatures'
Clifford, E,Kennelly, C,Walsh, R,Gerrity, S,Reilly, EO,Collins, G (2012) 'Optimization of a horizontal-flow biofilm reactor for the removal of methane at low temperatures'. Journal Of The Air & Waste Management Association, 62 :1166-1173 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Treatment of dairy soiled water using a woodchip filter'
Ruane, E., Clifford, E., Murphy, P.N.C., Healy, M.G., French. P., Rodgers. M. (2011) 'Treatment of dairy soiled water using a woodchip filter'. Journal of Environmental Management, [Details]
(2011) 'Operation of a full-scale pumped flow biofilm reactor (PFBR) under two aeration regimes'
O'Reilly, E,Rodgers, M,Clifford, E (2011) 'Operation of a full-scale pumped flow biofilm reactor (PFBR) under two aeration regimes'. Water Science And Technology, 64 (6):1218-1225 [DOI] [Details]
(2009) 'Horizontal flow biofilm reactor for carbon and nitrogen removal from domestic strength wastewaters'
Rodgers, M. and Clifford, E. (2009) 'Horizontal flow biofilm reactor for carbon and nitrogen removal from domestic strength wastewaters'. Water Environment Research, 81 (4):339-347 [Details]
(2008) 'Dairy washwater treatment using a horizontal flow biofilm system'
Clifford, E,Rodgers, M,de Paor, D (2008) 'Dairy washwater treatment using a horizontal flow biofilm system'. Water Science And Technology, 58 :1879-1888 [DOI] [Details]
(2008) 'Dairy washwater treatment using a horizontal flow biofilm reactor'
Rodgers, M., de Paor, D., and Clifford, E. (2008) 'Dairy washwater treatment using a horizontal flow biofilm reactor'. Journal Of Environmental Management, 86 (1):114-120 [DOI] [Details]
(2006) 'The Performance of fibrous peat biofilters in treating domestic strength wastewater'
Corley, M., Rodgers, M., Mulqueen, J., Clifford, E. (2006) 'The Performance of fibrous peat biofilters in treating domestic strength wastewater'. Journal Of Environmental Science And Health Part A, 41 (5):811-824 [DOI] [Details]
(2004) 'Organic carbon and ammonium nitrogen removal in a laboratory sand percolation filter'
Rodgers, M., Clifford, E., Mulqueen, J., and Ballantyne, P. (2004) 'Organic carbon and ammonium nitrogen removal in a laboratory sand percolation filter'. Journal Of Environmental Science And Health Part A, 39 (9):2355-2368 [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2015) IWA Specialist Conference on Natural Organic Matter in Water
Grace, M.A., Clifford, E., Healy, M.G. (2015) A novel filtration configuration for targeted humic acid removal from drinking waters IWA Specialist Conference on Natural Organic Matter in Water Malmö, Sweden, , 07-SEP-15 - 10-SEP-15 [Details]
(2015) 15th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium
3. Brennan, R.B., Healy, M.G., Clifford, E. (2015) Impact of the landfill directive (1999/31/EC) on the concentrations, volumes and treatability of landfill leachate produced in Ireland 15th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium Cagliari, Italy, , 05-OCT-15 - 09-OCT-15 [Details]
(2015) 15th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium
2. Brennan, R.B., Clifford, E., Healy, M.G. (2015) Impact of landfill leachate loading on the performance of three wastewater treatment plants 15th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium Sardinia. Cagliari, , 05-OCT-15 - 09-OCT-15 [Details]
(2014) ESAI Colloquium
Grace, M.A., Healy, M.G., Clifford, E (2014) Development of filtration technologies for effective, cost-efficient and robust water treatment ESAI Colloquium [Details]
(2014) 11th International Conference on Hydroinformatics (HIC)
Curry, Edward and Degeler, Viktoriya and Clifford, Eoghan and Coakley, Daniel and Costa, Andrea and van Andel, Schalk Jan and van de Giesen, Nick and Kouroupetroglou, Christos and Messervey, Thomas and Mink, Jan and Smit, Sander (2014) Linked Water Data for Water Information Management 11th International Conference on Hydroinformatics (HIC) New York, New York, USA, [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 16th International Conference Water Distribution Systems Analysis (WSDA 2014)
Clifford, Eoghan and Coakley, Daniel and Curry, Edward and Degeler, Viktoriya and Costa, Andrea and Messervey, Thomas and Andel, Schalk-Jan Van and Giesen, Nick Van De and Kouroupetroglou, Christos and Mink, Jan and Smit, Sander (2014) Interactive Water Services: The Waternomics Approach 16th International Conference Water Distribution Systems Analysis (WSDA 2014) Bari, Italy, [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 7th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES)
Manton, R., Duggan, A.R., Goggins, J., McCabe, B.A., Clifford, E. (2012) Use of carbon calculation tools for sustainable cycle network design 7th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES) Ohrid, Macedonia, [Details]
(2012) IWA World Congress on Water Climate and Energy
Gerrity, S., Kennelly, C., Collins, G., Clifford E., and Rodgers, M. (2012) Efficiency and microbiology of novel, Horizontal Flow Biofilm Reactors (HFBRs) treating methane contaminated air at 10°C IWA World Congress on Water Climate and Energy , 13-MAY-12 - 18-MAY-12 [Details]
(2012) Irish Transport Research Network Conference
Manton, R., and Clifford, E. (2012) A study of travel patterns to NUI Galway: Lessons for Smarter travel in Universities Irish Transport Research Network Conference , 29-AUG-12 - 30-AUG-12 [Details]
(2012) International symposium on domestic wastewater treatment and disposal systems
O’Reilly, E., Fox, S., Rodgers, M., and Clifford, E. (2012) Research developments in the on-site treatment of wastewater International symposium on domestic wastewater treatment and disposal systems [Details]
(2012) Bridge & Concrete Research in Ireland
Duggan, A.R., McCabe, B.A., Goggins, J.M., Clifford, E., McGuinness, C. (2012) Factors affecting Embodied Carbon / Embodied Energy associated with ground improvement techniques for construction on peat Bridge & Concrete Research in Ireland [Details]
(2012) World Cycling Research Forum
Manton, R., and Clifford, E (2012) Identification and classification of constraints for cycling routes in Ireland World Cycling Research Forum [Details]
(2012) Velo-City, Global 2012
Manton, R., and Clifford, E (2012) Formation of a cycling route assessment matrix for a National Cycle Network in Ireland Velo-City, Global 2012 [Details]
(2012) IWA World Congress on Water Climate and Energy
Clifford, E., McNamara, S., Forde, P., Zhan, X., and O’Reilly, E. (2012) Application of the suction flow biofilm reactor (ASF-BR) technology in the treatment of primary treated municipal wastewater IWA World Congress on Water Climate and Energy [Details]
(2012) Society for General Microbiology Spring Conference
Gerrity, S., Kennelly, C., Clifford, E. & Collins, G. (2012) Diversity, succession and activity of methanotrophic biofilms in cold (10°C) horizontal flow biofilm reactors (HFBRs) treating methane-contaminated air Society for General Microbiology Spring Conference Dublin, Ireland, [Details]
(2011) International conference on biotechniques for air pollution control (Biotechniques-2011)
Clifford, E., Kennelly, C., Walsh, R., Gerrity, S., O’Reilly, E., and Collins, G (2011) Optimisation of a novel biofilm technology for the removal of nuisance odours and greenhouse gases at low temperatures International conference on biotechniques for air pollution control (Biotechniques-2011) [Details]
(2011) IWA Biofilm Conference 2011
Clifford, E., McNamara, S., Forde, P., Rodgers, M., and O'Reilly, E. (2011) Treatment of municipal strength wastewater using a novel Air Suction Flow Biofilm Reactor IWA Biofilm Conference 2011 Shanghai, China, , 27-OCT-10 - 30-OCT-10 [Details]
(2011) IWA Biofilm Conference 2011
Gerrity, S., Kennelly, C., Walsh, R., O’Reilly, E., Collins, G., and Clifford E (2011) Ecophysiology of microbial populations from novel, Horizontal Flow Biofilm Reactors (HFBRs) treating methane-contaminated air IWA Biofilm Conference 2011 Shanghai, China, , 27-OCT-10 - 30-OCT-10 [Details]
(2011) IWA Urban Solutions Development Congress
Forde, P., Rodgers, M., McNamara, S., O'Reilly, E., and Clifford, E. (2011) Performance and optimisation of a new wastewater technology: The Air Suction Flow Biofilm Reactor IWA Urban Solutions Development Congress [Details]
(2011) European Transport Conference 2011
Manton, R., and Clifford, E (2011) Cycling Ireland to Work: Sustainable job creation in the tourism sector through the construction of a National Cycling Network European Transport Conference 2011 Glasgow, Scotland, , 10-OCT-11 - 12-OCT-11 [Details]
(2011) Irish Transport Research Network Conference
Manton, R., and Clifford, E (2011) Route selection, design assessment and cost considerations of cycling corridors within the National Cycle Network Irish Transport Research Network Conference , 31-AUG-11 - 01-SEP-12 [Details]
(2011) 18th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference
Hayes, J.C., Fogarty, A.M., Clifford, E., and Rowan, N. (2011) A comparison of the efficacy of pulsed UV light and pulsed plasma gas-discharge systems for the novel inactivation of Cryptosporidium Spp. and other clinically relevant microorganisms in drinking water 18th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference , pp.1574-1581 [Details]
(2011) Tourism Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference (THRIC)
Manton, R., and Clifford, E. (2011) Cycling Ireland to Work: Designing cycle networks to maximise tourism Tourism Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference (THRIC) [Details]
(2011) International Conference for Engineering Education
Clifford, E., O'Reilly, E., Rodgers, M. (2011) A unique full scale water research facility for applied and fundamental research, technology development, education and public outreach International Conference for Engineering Education Belfast, Northern Ireland, , pp.1574-1581 [Details]
(2011) 4th IWA conference on odours and VOC’s
12. Kennelly, C., Clifford, E., Gerrity, S., Walsh, R., Rodgers, M. (2011) Performance of a novel biofilm technology for remediation of odours and gases 4th IWA conference on odours and VOC’s [Details]
(2010) Agricultural Research Forum and British Society for Animal Science Joint Meeting
Ruane, E., Clifford, E., O'Reilly, E., Murphy, P., French, P., and Rodgers, M. (2010) Treatment of dairy soiled washwater using a woodchip filter Agricultural Research Forum and British Society for Animal Science Joint Meeting Belfast, [Details]
(2010) WEF/IWA Biofilm Reactor Technology Conference
O'Reilly, E., Clifford, E., and Rodgers, M. (2010) Municipal wastewater treatment using a full-scale pumped flow biofilm reactor WEF/IWA Biofilm Reactor Technology Conference Portland, Oregon, , pp.827-838 [Details]
(2010) 17th World Congress of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Ruane, E., Murphy, P., Clifford, E., O'Reilly, E., French, P., and Rodgers, M (2010) Treatment of dairy soiled water using woodchip-A Field Scale Study 17th World Congress of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering [Details]
(2010) 2nd Irish Conference on Constructed Wetlands
Rodgers, M., Wu, G., Clifford, E., and O’Reilly, E. (2010) Nitrogen and phosphorus removal from wastewater using a horizontal-flow biofilm reactor and an alternating pumped-flow biofilm reactor 2nd Irish Conference on Constructed Wetlands [Details]
(2008) IWA Biofilm Technologies 2008
O'Reilly, E., Rodgers, M., Zhan, X-M., and Clifford E. (2008) A pilot plant study of a novel sequencing batch biofilm reactor (SBBR) treating municipal wastewater IWA Biofilm Technologies 2008 Singapore, , 08-JAN-08 - 10-JAN-09 , pp.165-166 [Details]
(2008) 8th IWA specialized Conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems and 2nd specialized Conference on Decentralized Water and Wastewater International Network
de Paor, D., Clifford, E., Rodgers, M., and O'Reilly, E. (2008) Carbon and nitrogen removal rates from a laboratory and pilotscale horizontal flow biofilm reactor 8th IWA specialized Conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems and 2nd specialized Conference on Decentralized Water and Wastewater International Network Coimbatore, India, , 06-FEB-08 - 09-FEB-08 [Details]
(2008) IWA Biofilm Technologies 2008
de Paor, D., Rodgers, M., and Clifford, E. (2008) Dairy washwater treatment using a pilot-scale horizontal flow biofilm reactor IWA Biofilm Technologies 2008 Singapore, , 08-JAN-08 - 10-JAN-08 , pp.187-189 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2011) Constraints study and possible route options. National Cycle Network. Corridor 2.
Clifford, E., Manton R (2011) Constraints study and possible route options. National Cycle Network. Corridor 2. NUI Galway/ NRA, Dublin. [Details]
(2010) National Centre for Water and Wastewater Research and Demonstration.
O'Reilly, E., Clifford, E., O'Donoghue, P and Rodgers, M. (2010) National Centre for Water and Wastewater Research and Demonstration. EPA: STRIVE Report 78, Ireland. [ARAN Link] [Details]

Media - Community Engagement

  Year Publication
(2012) A special report: Ryan Institute Galway.
Nash, S., O'Reilly, E., Collins, G., Healy, M., and Clifford, M (2012) A special report: Ryan Institute Galway. Media - Community Engagement [Details]
(2012) Waste system must meet EU standards - lecturer.
Clifford, E (2012) Waste system must meet EU standards - lecturer. Media - Community Engagement [Details]

Media

  Year Publication
(2012) On-site wastewater systems.
Clifford, E (2012) On-site wastewater systems. Media [Details]
(2012) Crunch time for owners of 440,000 septic tank systems.
Ketch, K., Clifford, E (2012) Crunch time for owners of 440,000 septic tank systems. Media [Details]
(2012) Septic tank legislation makes sense for both householders and the environment.
Clifford, E. (2012) Septic tank legislation makes sense for both householders and the environment. Media [Details]

Other Item

  Year Publication
(2009) P92360EP00/LJC/BON New European Patent Application A stratified bioreactor National University of Ireland, Galway.
Rodgers, M., Clifford, E., O'Reilly, E. and Ruane, E (2009) P92360EP00/LJC/BON New European Patent Application A stratified bioreactor National University of Ireland, Galway. Other Item [Details]
(2008) A biological reactor for wastewater.
Rodgers, M., O'Reilly, E., Clifford, E. (2008) A biological reactor for wastewater. Other Item [Details]
(2004) A Biofilm Reactor.
Rodgers, M., Mulqueen, J., Lambe, A., Xiao, L. and Clifford, E. (2004) A Biofilm Reactor. Other Item [Details]

Technical Publication

  Year Publication
(2011) Factsheet on Drip Dispersal Systems for On-site Single-House Wastewater Treatment Systems. EPA.
Clifford, E., and Rodgers, M. (2011) Factsheet on Drip Dispersal Systems for On-site Single-House Wastewater Treatment Systems. EPA. Technical Publication [Details]
(2010) Relationship between dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) and other nitrogen components in wastewaters, treated waters and receiving waters. EPA small scale study factsheet. EPA.
O'Reilly, E., Rodgers, M and Clifford, E. (2010) Relationship between dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) and other nitrogen components in wastewaters, treated waters and receiving waters. EPA small scale study factsheet. EPA. Technical Publication [Details]
(2010) SMART enforcement. OEE & EPA small scale study factsheet. EPA.
Clifford, E., Rodgers, M and O'Reilly E. (2010) SMART enforcement. OEE & EPA small scale study factsheet. EPA. Technical Publication [Details]
(2006) EPA guideline document assessment on: Percolation trench widths, hydraulic loading, holiday homes, mound systems, tree roots, garbage grinders and maintenance contracts. EPA.
Rodgers, M., Clifford, E., and O'Reilly, E. (2006) EPA guideline document assessment on: Percolation trench widths, hydraulic loading, holiday homes, mound systems, tree roots, garbage grinders and maintenance contracts. EPA. Technical Publication [Details]
(2004) Independent evaluation of a new wastewater treatment technology for single houses. Mayo County Council.
Rodgers, M., and Clifford, E., (2004) Independent evaluation of a new wastewater treatment technology for single houses. Mayo County Council. Technical Publication [Details]

Workshops

  Year Publication
(2010) Optimisation of a novel biofilm technology for the removal of nuisance odours using, molecular biology techniques and mathematical modelling. Global Innovation Forum.
Kennelly, C., and Clifford, E. (2010) Optimisation of a novel biofilm technology for the removal of nuisance odours using, molecular biology techniques and mathematical modelling. Global Innovation Forum. Workshops [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2011 industrial Technologies Commercialisation Award Enterprise Ireland
2009 Best Technology - Technology Development Competition Higher Education Authority
2008 Commercialisation of technology award Enterprise Ireland
2008 Conference paper award International Water Association & Nanyang Technological University
2002 Irish Government PhD scolarship IRCSET

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Engineering Ireland (MIEI) MIEI /
International Water Association Member /
Engineers Ireland Chartered Engineer (CEng) 10-JAN-12 /

Patents

  Patent Number Title Granted
US7,938,965 B2 A Biofilm Reactor 10-MAY-11

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
NUI Galway Disability Committee Member 01-SEP-11 /
Panel member for Level 6 and Level 7 Degrees in IT Sligo Panel member 01-MAR-12 / 30-APR-12
NUI Galway Engineering Summer School Member 01-SEP-11 /

Languages

  Language
French
Gaeilge
Polish
English