School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


Dr Tanja Radu MCE, PhD, FHEA

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Lecturer in Water Engineering

Dr Tanja Radu is a Lecturer in Water Engineering. She has more than 15 years of international experience in water and environmental engineering. Her main research interests include waste water treatment, renewable energy from waste and supplying energy for rural communities in developing countries. Currently, she is focusing on the process of biogas generation from waste using the technology of anaerobic digestion. She is involved in a range of international projects providing small-scale, decentralized sustainable energy generation. This includes international research projects (please see Grants and Contracts section). In addition, she has broad experience in studying heavy metal transport phenomena. She is involved in research of mercury phytoremediation and removal, and its effect on the biological systems.  She has conducted her research in the UK, Thailand, India, Bahrain, and across Europe.

Academic and professional history:

  • 06/2018-present Lecturer in Water Engineering, School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University
  • 06/2017-06/2018 Lecturer of International Relief, Water Supply and Sanitation Engineering, WEDC, Loughborough University
  • 05/2012-6/2017 Research Associate, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University
  • 07/2006- 06/2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, Project Manager, National Centre for Sensor Research, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • 05/2001 – 2007 Research Assistant, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA

Fellow of HEA

Main interests and expertise:

  • Energy from waste
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Renewable energy
  • Biogas for rural communities, small scale anaerobic digestion
  • Water and sanitation for developing countries
  • Inter-disciplinary research that addresses the water-energy-food security nexus

I am interested in supervision of PhD projects in the above areas of research. For potential PhD candidates, please contact me for a further discussion.

For more info about my research, please see the following link:

  • 2017-2019 Technical Integration of Sustainable Energy and Water (TISEW), British Council, £400 000.
  • 2016-2018 Community scale, decentralised anaerobic digestion for energy and resource recovery, British Council Newton Fund Institutional Links grant, £250 000.
  • 2018 PhytoPower: Safely transforming mercury phytoremediation crops into bioenergy, EPSRC, £25 000.
  • 2015 Remote autonomous monitoring of Anaerobic Digestion, EPSRC/SUPERGEN, £20 000.
  • CVP411 Water and the Natural Environment (Module leader)
  • CVP401 Assessing Water Quality and Quantity (Module leader)
  • CVP406 Appropriate Sewerage and Sewage Treatment 
  • CVC021 Environmental Engineering
  • J. Choosang,  A. Numnuam, P.Thavarungkul, P. Kanatharana, T. Radu, S. Ullah, and A. Radu. (2018) Simultaneous Detection of Ammonium and Nitrate in Environmental Samples Using on Ion-Selective Electrode and Comparison with Portable Colorimetric Assays, Sensors, 18(10), 3555 
  • T. Radu, R. Blanchard, V. Smedley, Towards decentralized biogas generation: building community scale biogas reactors,40th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK, 24 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
  • T. Radu, R. Blanchard, and A. Wheatley (2017) Biogas for sustainable rural communities: Case studies, in Moving to Cleaner Energy in a Resource-Rich Country: The Case of Kazakhstan, edited by Yelena Kalyuzhnova and Richard Pomfret, 189-208, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, Oxford, UK.
  • T. Radu, R. Blanchard, V. Smedley, H. Theaker, and A. Wheatley, (2014) Anaerobic Digestion of Brewery Effluent- 2 Year Operating Experiences and Key Effects on Performance, Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, 9 (4), 207 – 213.