Assistant Professor
Engineering Hall 413
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Research Interests

  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Micropollutants
  • Pyrolysis
  • Residuals and Biosolids

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

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.

Selected Recent Grants

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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