School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Staff

Dr Tanja Radu

Photo of Dr Tanja Radu

Research Associate

I joined Loughborough University as Research Associate in May 2012 and I am a member of the Water Engineering group.

I studied Environmental Engineering at Belgrade University, Serbia and obtained my BSc in 2000. I then started my postgraduate studies at Auburn University, USA under the supervision of Prof Mark Barnet and obtained my PhD in 2007. My PhD work included studying transport of arsenic through experimental subsurface media.

Following my studies, I joined the group of Prof Dermot Diamond at Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland as a postdoctoral researcher and stayed there for 4 years. I worked on several environmental projects, both national and international. At the final stages of my post at DCU, I was managing DCU’s component of a large multidisciplinary, multinational FP6 European project which involved 23 partners coming from a range of backgrounds.

Professional affiliations

International Water Association (IWA)

Research interests 

  • water, soil and air pollution
  • sensing of environmental pollutants
  • anaerobic digestion
  • energy from waste

Research project

  • Bioenergy for Sustainable Rural Living (BURD)

Summary

The project aim is to develop best practise at a smaller community scale which make use of hybrid and combinations of biofuels. Loughborough University is involved with the work package 4 of the project, dealing with small scale anaerobic digestion reactor design and testing. Current experimental work includes anaerobic digestion of energy crops (maize) and sewage sludge. A range of parameters (mixing, heating, particle size, etc.) is tested in order to improve methane yield. Once determined, the ideal set of parameters will help in designing small scale anaerobic digesters to be used by the rural communities in India.

Methods

  • Gathering information by the means of literature review of the past research
  • Setting up lab-scale constant stirred tank reactor digesters with sewage sludge and chosen crop (maize obtained from Severn Trent AD plant in Nottingham)
  • Data acquisition using detailed Excel sheets
  • Measuring gas (CH4, CO2, O2, H2S) yields from each digester and compare them quantitatively and qualitatively
  • Doing all necessary material characterization by determining parameters such as particle size, TS, VS, COD, TOC, IC, etc.

Previous research projects

  • Managed Dublin City University’s component of ProeTEX, the 6th Framework Integrated Project- toxic gas sensing, smart wearables for emergency disaster intervention personnel (see www.proetex.org)
  • Worked on the Irish Environmental Protection Agency sponsored project “Development of an autonomous portable device for remote detection of metals in airborne dust”
  • Managed CLARITY sponsored project “ Mapping soil pollution using portable XRF instruments”

 

 

Refereed publications:         

1.     Tanja Radu, Simon Gallagher, Dermot Diamond, Brian Byrne, Paul Harris, Seamus Coveney, Stephen McCarron and Tim McCarthy; Portable XRF as a rapid technique for surveying elemental distributions in soil; Accepted for publication in Spectroscopy Letters, August 2012

2.      Peter Dillingham, Tanja Radu, Dermot Diamond, Aleksandar Radu, Christina McGraw; Bayesian method for ion-selective electrodes; Electroanalysis, 24(2),  316–324, 2012

3.      S. Coyle, T. Radu, F. Benito-Lopez, K. Lau and D. Diamond, “Fibers and fabrics for chemical and biological sensing”, Special Issue of the Research Journal of Textile and Apparel,  entitled "e-Textiles and Interactive Garments", 2010

4.      Tanja Radu, John Cleary, Martina O’Toole, Aleksandar Radu, Dermot Diamond, Analytical Devices for Autonomous Monitoring of the Environment, 2004-RS-AIC-M4 STRIVE report,  EPA, March 2010

5.      Tanja Radu, Cormac Fay, King Tong Lau, Rhys Waite, and Dermot Diamond, Wearable Sensing Application- Carbon Dioxide Monitoring for Emergency Personnel Using Wearable Sensors, proceedings of the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, volume 58,  ISSN 2070-3724, pages 589-593, Venice, Italy, October  2009

6.      Annalisa Bonfiglio, Tanja Radu et al., Proetex- protective e-textiles to enhance the safety of emergency/disaster operators: Current state of the project’s achievements, Latest Advances in High Tech Textiles and Textile-Based Materials, Ghent, Belgium, September 2009

7.      T. Radu and D. Diamond. “Comparison of soil pollution concentrations determined using AAS and portable XRF techniques”, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 171 (1-3),  1168-1171, 2009

8.      Detecting Hazardous gases in Emergency Disaster Scenarios Using Wearable Sensors, Tanja Radu, Cormac Fay, King Tong Lau, Dermot Diamond, ERCIM News Special edition on the sensor web, No. 76, pp. 52-53, January 2009

9.      Tanja Radu, Andjani Kumar, Gautham Jeppu, Mark O. Barnett, Prabhakar Clement; “Development of scalable model for predicting arsenic oxidation and adsorption at pyrolusite surfaces” Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 95, 30-41, 2008

10.  Christina McGraw, Tanja Radu, Aleksandar Radu and Dermot Diamond; “Evaluation of liquid- and solid-contact, Pb2+-selective polymer-membrane electrodes for soil analysis”, Electroanalysis, 20, No.3, 219 –221, 2008

11.  Tanja Radu, Aleksandar Radu, Christina McGraw and Dermot Diamond; “Ion-selective electrodes as simple and inexpensive detectors for soil analysis”, CEST 2007 conference proceedings, Vol. A, 1229-1236, 2007

12.  Tanja Radu, Aleksandar Radu, and Dermot Diamond; “Ion-selective Electrodes with Polypyrrole- and Poly(3-octylthiophene)-Mediated Internal Solid Contact in Soil Analysis”, SPIE conference proceedings, vol. 6749, 674922-(1-10), 2007

13.  Tanja Radu, Jonathan L. Subacz, John M. Phillippi, Mark O. Barnett; “Effects of dissolved carbonate on arsenic adsorption and mobility”    Environmental Science and Technology, 39(20), 7875-7882, 2005

14.  Tanja Radu, Jae K.Yang, Jeremy H. Hilliard, Mark O. Barnett, “Transport of As (III) and As (V) in experimental subsurface systems”, ACS Symposium Series 915, Advances in Arsenic Research, 91-103, 2005

Abstracts/Communications/Posters

  1. Tanja Radu, Andrew Wheatley, and Richard Blanchard. “Anaerobic digestion at Loughborough University”, The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association's (ADBA) third annual trade show and conference, UK AD & Biogas, Birmingham, 4-5 July 2012, poster presentation
  2. Tanja Radu, Cormac Fay, King Tong Lau, Rhys Waite, and Dermot Diamond, Wearable Sensing Application- Carbon Dioxide Monitoring for Emergency Personnel Using Wearable Sensors, proceedings paper submitted for the  ICESE 2009- International Conference on Environmental Systems Engineering, Venice, Italy, October 28-30, 2009oral presentation

3.    Tanja Radu, Simon Gallagher, Brian Byrne, Seamus Coveney, Stephen McCarron and Dermot Diamond. “Rapid in-field soil pollution mapping using portable x-ray fluorescence analysers“, GIS Ireland 2009 Conference and Exhibition, Guinness store house, Dublin, 14 October 2009oral presentation

4.   Tanja Radu, Cormac Fay, King Tong Lau, Rhys Waite, and Dermot Diamond, “Wearable CO2 sensor”, Smart Textiles salon, Gent, September 2009prototype/demo presentation

5.    Tanja Radu, Simon Gallagher, Brian Byrne, Seamus Coveney, Stephen McCarron and Dermot Diamond. “Mapping soil pollution using portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer”, William Smith meeting 2009, Environment, Pollution and Human Health, Burlington House, London, 21 - 23 September 2009poster presentation

  1. Tanja Radu, Cormac Fay, King Tong Lau, Dermot Diamond. “New Wireless sensing Application- Toxic Gas Detection” ASIASENSE 2009, 29-31 July 2009, oral presentation
  2. Tanja Radu, Cormac Fay, King Tong Lau and Dermot Diamond, “Wearable gas sensors”, pHealth 23-26. June 2009poster presentation
  3. Tanja Radu and Dermot Diamond, "Sensing Platforms for Environmental Monitoring- Deployment of the Portable XRF Technology", Agricultural Research Forum 2009, 12-13 March 2009, Tullamore, Ireland, oral presentation
  4. Tanja Radu, John Cleary, Conor Slater and Dermot Diamond, “Using autonomous sensing devices for environmental monitoring”, Environmental Science and Technology Conference, poster presentation, Huston, USA, July 28-31, 2008.
  5. John Cleary, Breda Kiernan, Tanja Radu, Conor Slater, and Dermot Diamond,” Autonomous sensors for environmental monitoring” Environmental Research Conference, poster presentation, Dublin, July 02, 2008
  6. Barnett, M. O., K. Hartzog, D. Kilgour, C. Luo, R. Moseley, T. Radu, J. L. Subacz, J. K. Yang and D. Zhao, Arsenic Research at Auburn University, Electric Power Research Institute Arsenic Workshop, July 22, 2008, Pensacola, FL. invited talk

12.  Tanja Radu and Dermot Diamond; “Heavy Metal Contamination of soil in Silvermines, Co. Tipperary, Ireland”, SETAC Europe 17th Annual Meeting, 2007poster presentation

13. Tanja Radu, Aleksandar Radu, Christina McGraw and Dermot Diamond; “Ion-selective electrodes as simple and inexpensive detectors for soil analysis”, CEST 2007oral presentation

14. Tanja Radu, Aleksandar Radu, and Dermot Diamond; “Ion-selective Electrodes with Polypyrrole- and Poly(3-octylthiophene)-Mediated Internal Solid Contact in Soil Analysis”, SPIE 2007poster presentation

15. Tanja Radu, Anjani Kumar, Gautham Jeppu, Mark O. Barnett, Prabhakar T. Clement, “Development of a scalable model for predicting arsenic oxidation and adsorption at pyrolusite surfaces”. Abstracts of Papers, 231st ACS National Meeting, Atlanta, GA, United States, March 26-30, 2006  

16.  Tanja Radu, Mark O. Barnett; “Transport of As (III) and As (V) in experimental subsurface systems containing MnO2”, 2004 Conference, Alabama’s Water Environment Association, Orange Beach, AL, 2004oral presentation

17. Tanja Radu, Jae K.Yang, Jeremy H. Hilliard, Mark O. Barnett; “Transport of As (III) and As (V) in experimental subsurface systems”, 226th ACS National Meeting, New York, NY, 2003oral presentation

18.  Tanja Radu, Jae K.Yang, Jeremy H. Hilliard, Mark O. Barnett; “Arsenite adsorption and transport in iron-coated sand”, 16th Annual Alabama Water Resources Conference, Orange Beach, AL, 2002oral presentation

View all / Visit the CBE Repository page