Material and Energy valorisation of waste in a Circular Economy

Tom Curran

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Ireland

Contact details:

Dr. Tom Curran
Lecturer/Assistant Professor
University College Dublin
School of Biosystems and Food Engineering
ph: +353 1 716 7362
add: Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
www: www.ucd.ie mail: tom.curran@ucd.ie

A bio:

Dr. Curran is the Director of the MSc Environmental Technology degree programme at University College Dublin (UCD). His research interests includes waste management and air quality. He has co-ordinated the EU Horizon 2020 Agrocycle project on recycling and valorising waste from the agri-food sector with 23 partners across Europe plus three in China. Dr. Curran was a Fulbright Scholar (TechImpact Award 2017-18) at North Carolina State University on a project to develop an advance warning system for sewer network blockages (fatbergs). He is a graduate of UCD’s Engineering programme, holding a BE (Ag & Food), MEngSc (Environmental Engineering) and a PhD in Biosystems Engineering. He worked in production and environmental management in the food industry for a number of years before returning to UCD as an academic staff member in Biosystems and Food Engineering.

More details at: https://people.ucd.ie/tom.curran

IEA expectations:

I am interested in contributing to a successful work programme in Task 36. I am very enthusiastic about digitalization as I have co-ordinated the H2020 AgroCycle project (with EU and Chinese partners) which produced an online trading platform for agri-food waste. This also created award-winning lesson plans about the bioeconomy for schools. I am happy to share my experiences of the circular economy from the AgroCycle project and my research on recovery of fat, oils and grease (FOG) from kitchens to prevent sewer blockages (fatbergs).