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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Dr.

Contact First Name: Jenny

Contact Surname: Lawler

Contact Address:

School of Biotechnology Dublin City University Dublin 9 Ireland

Telephone Contact Number: +35317005394

Fax Contact Number: +35317005412

Email Address:

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: Dublin City University

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Organisation or Individual Expertise:
Dr. Lawler heads the Membrane and Environmental Technologies research group in the School of Biotechnology at DCU. Her research focuses on the development of novel environmental technologies to address, in particular, emerging pollutants such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products and nanomaterials. She has particular expertise in membrane separations and mathematical modelling. Her group currently comprises three postdoctoral researchers and two postgraduate research students. Her current research projects include: 1. the application of graphene related materials to water treatment, including development of novel adsorbents for pharmaceutical removal, and preparation of hybrid organic-inorganic ultrafiltration and nanofiltration membranes for targeted removal of substances such as humic acids, pharmaceuticals, metals etc. 2. development of novel nanopatterned polymeric surfaces for antimicrobial materials 3. manufacture and characterisation of novel charged ultrafiltration membranes for various purposes, e.g. selective separation of proteins 4. development of membrane adsorber technologies for selective separation of glycoproteins 5. development of understanding of ecotoxicity of nanomaterials such as graphene related materials in fresh water matrices Current funding bodies include Science Foundation Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Irish Research Council.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
membrane membranes ultrafiltration nanofiltration water graphene adsorption photocatalysis proteins glycoproteins polymers block copolymers drinking wastewater nanomaterials mathematical modelling artificial neural networks

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Sustainable Environment Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified


Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

 Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability

 Developing safe water systems for the citizens

 Implementing a water-wise bio-based economy

 Promoting competitiveness in the water industry

 Closing the water cycle gap

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

Any relevant information in relation to Participation in WssTP or other relevant experts groups

Research focus on membrane separations in drinking and wastewater treatment; water recycling; removal of emerging pollutants including pharmaceuticals and other hazardous organic pollutants, metals, nanomaterials; modelling of processes; process optimisation; development of novel adsorbents

Involvement in EU-funded research projects

COST Actions only (TD1204, ES1205, MP1206)

Other areas of expertise:

Horizon 2020

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Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges

Transition towards a green economy through eco-innovation

 Strengthen eco-innovative technologies, processes, services and products including exploring ways to reduce the quantities of raw materials in production and consumption, and overcoming barriers in this context and boost their market uptake

Focus Areas

 Water innovation: boosting its value for Europe

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.

Relevant EU Research Experience

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Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

LIFE and COST Actions

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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency

COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:

Dr. Lawler is one of the Irish delegates to a number of COST Actions, including MODENA (MPNS COST Action TD1204, Modelling Nanomaterial Toxicity), ENTER (ESSEM COST Action ES1205, The transfer of engineered nanomaterials from wastewater treatment & stormwater to rivers) and ELECTROSPINNING (MPNS COST Action MP1206, Electrospun Nano-fibres for bio inspired composite materials and innovative industrial applications)

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