Enhance fertilizer efficiency and reduce fertilizer use
For the call Topic 1: Enhance fertilizer efficiency and reduce fertilizer use, I hope to contribute developing proposal in the area of Environmental chemistry and green synthesis of bio-based and renewable materials to increase circular use and facilitate bioeconomy expansion, transition to precision agriculture to improve fertiliser use efficiency and reduce agri-climate footprint by reducing chemical fertiliser input. My research research interests lies in Bioresources recovery, Green Environmental Technology, Agronomic Nutrient Recycling, Soil Health, Renewable fertiliser, Biomethane potential of agro-industrial organic feedstocks, Smart Farming Solutions, Wastewater treatment processes.
I am currently a lecturer of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Munster Technological University, Ireland. I have about 12 years of experience (including 6 years of research assignments at Teagasc - Irish Agriculture & Food Development Authority as research officer and WP coordinator) of working across industry-academic led interdisciplinary projects (e.g. EU H2020 Nutri2Cycle, EU Interreg NWE Renu2Farm, Irish DPTC) adding value to agro-industrial bioresources recovery and bio-energy, renewable biobased fertiliser development and application, improving soil organic matter and carbon, and reducing environmental footprints (i.e. less nutrients and carbon loss), and pollution treatment process in the water environment.
Munster Technological University is a Higher Education Institution with significant research capacity, and an extensive and active research programme in Environmental Engineering & Science, Bioeconomy and Sustainable Agriculture, Agriculture Engineering. MTU is the base for the AgriTech and Circular Bioeconomy clusters whose goals are to deliver unique and co-created initiatives to benefit farmers and companies. This project will allow MTU to develop its research profile and to continue its engagement with farmers/industry. Thereby the proposal will also strongly with MTU's Sustainable Infrastructure Research & Innovation group (SIRIG) research theme of ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY to address the Circular Economy in creating a more sustainable society. MTU has been successful across a wide range of EU funded programmes including as follows:
• Interreg NWE (ReNu2Farm, Phos4You, Suricates),
• H2020 (ICT-BIOCHAIN initiative, AgroBridges, BIOSWITCH, BIO4AFRICA)
• ERASMUS and ERASMUS+