Assistant Professor
Engineering Hall 413
(414) 288-2188
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Research Interests

  • Micropollutant impacts on microbial communities
  • Fate and removal of micropollutants
  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Residuals and Biosolids
  • Pyrolysis 

Professional Preparation

Ph.D., 2012, Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

M.S., 2008, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

B.S., 2006, Civil Engineering, Marquette University

Selected Recent Publications

Carey, D.E., McNamara, P.J. “The role of triclosan on the spread of antibiotic resistance in the environment,” Frontiers in Microbiology, 2015, 5(780), 1-10.

McNamara, P.J., LaPara, T.M. Novak, P.J. “The Impacts of Triclosan on Anaerobic Digester Community Structures, Function, and Antimicrobial Resistance.” Environmental Science & Technology, 2014, 48 (13), 7393–7400.

McNamara, P., Koch, J., Zitomer, D. “Pyrolysis of Wastewater Biosolids: Lab-Scale Experiments and Modeling.” Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, 2014.

McNamara, P.J., Krzmarzick, M.J. “Triclosan Enriches for Dehalococcoides-like Chloroflexi in Anaerobic Soil at Environmentally Relevant Concentrations,” FEMS Microbiology Letters, 2013344, 48-52.

McNamara, P.J., Wilson, C., Wogen, M.W., Murthy, S., Novak, J.T., Novak, P.J. “The Effect of Thermal Hydrolysis Pretreatment on the Anaerobic Degradation of Nonylphenol and Short-Chain Nonylphenol Ethoxylates in Digested Biosolids,” Water Research, 2012, 46 (9), 2937-2946.

Recent Grants

McNamara, Patrick (Principal), Mayer, Brooke K (Co-Principal), Chen, Junhong (Co-Principal), "Pilot Project for Collaborative Research with Industry at the Global Water Center," Sponsored by MU Innovation Fund, Marquette University. (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017).

McNamara, Patrick, "CORBI: Coupled titanium dioxide photocatalysis and filtration for simultaneous reduction of organic matter, viruses, and estrogenic compounds," Sponsored by NSF, Federal. (January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2016).

Mayer, Brooke (Principal), McNamara, Patrick (Co-Principal), Zitomer, Daniel (Co-Investigator), "Electrocoagulation for the mitigation of emerging biological and chemical contaminants," Sponsored by NSF, Federal. (August 1, 2014 - July 31, 2016).

PI. The Effect of Everyday Antimicrobial Chemicals on the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance. The Lafferty Family Foundation.

PI. Using Pyrolysis Product Biochar to Capture Micropollutants. National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Water Equipment and Policy. Co-PI: Brooke Mayer.

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