Dr. Patrick McNamara
Dr. Patrick McNamara (Environmental)Marquette University

Engineering Hall, 413

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-2188Website

Associate Professor

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering


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

Research Interests

Antibiotic Resistance



Residuals and Biosolids


Kimbell, L., Kappell, A., McNamara, P. 2018. Effect of pyrolysis on the removal of antibiotic resistance genes and class 1 integrons from municipal biosolids. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology (in press DOI: 10.1039/C8EW00141C).

Liu, Z., Singer, S., Tong, Y., Kimbell, L., Anderson, E., Hughes, M.*, Zitomer, D., McNamara, P., 2018. Characteristics and Applications of Biochars Derived from Wastewater Solids. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 90, 650-664.

Liu, Z., McNamara, P., Zitomer, D. 2017. Autocatalytic Pyrolysis of Wastewater Biosolids for Product Upgrading. Environmental Science & Technology, 51 (17), 9808–9816.

McNamara, P.J., Levy, S.B. 2016. Triclosan: an Instructive Tale. Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy, 60 (12), 7015-7016.

Carey, D.E., Zitomer, D.H., Hristova, K.R., Kappell, A.D., McNamara, P.J. 2016. Triclocarban influences antibiotic resistance and alters anaerobic digester microbial community structure. Environmental Science & Technology, 50(1), 126-134.


McNamara, P.J. (PI), Singer, S. (Co-PI), Liu, Z. (Co-PI). Pilot-Scale Pyrolysis: [Auto-] Catalysis to Improve Yields and Quality. Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. 7/16-8-17; 

McNamara, P.J. (PI), Mayer, B.K. (Co-PI). Using Pyrolysis Product Biochar to Capture Micropollutants.NSF WEP Center. 1/15-12/15; 

McNamara, P.J. (PI). The Effect of Everyday Antimicrobial Chemicals on the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance. The Lafferty Family Foundation. 9/14-8/15; 

McNamara, P.J. (PI), Mayer, B.K. (Co-PI). Ultra-low phosphorus regulations: Improving removal of non-reactive phosphorus and downstream dewaterability in bio-P biosolids. NSF WEP Center. 1/17-12/17

Mayer, B.K. (PI), McNamara, P.J. (Co-PI), Zitomer, D.H. (Co-PI). Electrocoagulation for the mitigation of emerging biological and chemical contaminants. National Science Foundation. 1/15-6/17

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