Name: Dr. Jerry D. Murphy
Position: Lead PI/Lecturer
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Dr. Jerry D Murphy has a Masters Degree in Anaerobic Digestion (1991 - 1992) and a PhD in energy production from waste (1999 – 2003). He has extensive work experience as a professional engineer in the UK and Ireland prior to his academic career. He presently holds a position as Lecturer in Transportation Engineering in University College Cork and Principal Investigator (PI) in Bioenergy and Biofuels in the Environmental Research Institute (ERI). He has supervised to completion 21 postgraduate students. He has served as an external examiner to PhD and postgraduate candidates in Universities in Finland, the UK and Ireland.
Jerry served as the International Energy Agency (IEA) Country Representative for Ireland for Task 39 Liquid Biofuels (2007 - 2009) and at present serves on IEA Task 37 Energy from Biogas (2010 - 2012). Jerry serves on expert panels and steering committees for Bioenergy. He is on an advisory board to the EU Joint Research Centre (JRC) Institute for Energy (ie) on sustainability of biogas, solid biomass and biofuels. Jerry has served as Chair of an International Energy Agency (IEA) Biofuels conference in Cork in September 2008, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conference on Grass Biomethane in UCC in April 2010 and an International Energy Agency (IEA) Biogas Conference in Cork in September 2011. He has delivered keynote/invited lectures at a number of conferences including: The World Renewable Energy Conference, Denver (2012), the International Energy Farming Congress in Papenburg, Germany (2011), the European Grassland Federation Conference, Kiel (2010) and the German Bioenergy Association, Berlin (2009). He is lead author on a recent IEA publication (Murphy JD, Braun R, Weiland P, Wellinger A (2011) “Biogas from crop digestion” available In: http://www.iea-biogas.net/) and is an editor of a book in press, (“The Biogas Handbook: Science and Applications” International Energy Agency).
He has written 55 peer review journal papers (48 published, 7 in review); this work has been cited ca. 800 times in peer review press (H Factor 17). He has 267 citations in 2011 alone. Jerry serves as a referee on numerous peer review journals and is on the Editorial Board of Renewable Energy. He has presented his work at 29 international conferences and has delivered a further 31 invited lectures.
Biogas from Grass: Teagasc Walsh Fellowship. July 2012 – June 2016. €80,000
Optimal production of Renewable Gas: Science Foundation Ireland. September 2011 – August 2015 €182,000
Biomethane Laboratory: Higher Education Authority/Bord Gais Networks/University College Cork. 2011 – 2013 €250,000
Biomethane from residues: IRCSET Enterprise Partnership with Bord Gais Eireann. July 2010 – June 2013, €72,000
GreenGrass: Developing grass for sustainable renewable energy and value added products: Dept of Agriculture Fisheries and Food (DAFF) Stimulus Fund: December 2007 – December 2012: UCC Funding: €278,301
An evaluation of optimal biodiesel in a Northern European Context: HEA PRTLI Cycle 4 ERI. October 2007 – October 2010, €144,044
Compressed biomethane generated from grass, Environmental Protection Agency, December 2007 – May 2010, Funding €296,110.
Utilisation of compressed natural gas and biomethane as a transport fuel in Ireland, Bord Gas Eirean (BGE). Nov 2007 – Sept 2010. €100,000:
Peer Reviewed Journal Papers
In Press, under review, in production:
Murphy, J.D., Browne, J., Allen, E., Gallagher, C. (2012) The resource of biomethane as a renewable transport fuel, Renewable Energy, (Impact Factor (IF) 3.2)
Browne, J., Murphy, J.D., (2012) Assessment of the resource associated with biomethane from food waste, Applied Energy, (IF 4.546)Gallagher, C., Murphy, J.D. (2012) What is the realistic potential for biomethane from thermochemical routes to meet renewable energy heat targets? Applied Energy (IF 4.546)
Gallagher, C., Murphy, J.D. (2012) Is it better to produce biomethane via thermochemical or biological routes? An energy balance perspective. Biofuels, Bioproducts, Biorefining (IF 4.885)
Browne, J., Allen, E, Murphy, J.D. (2012) The influence of laboratory experiment on the design of a rural community digester: I Environmental Technology (IF 1.406)
Allen, E., Browne, J., Murphy, J.D. (2012) The influence of laboratory experiment on the design of a rural community digester: II Environmental Technology (IF 1.406)
McEniry, J., Allen, E., Murphy, J.D., O’Kiely, P. (2012). Grass for biogas production: the impact of silage fermentation characteristics on methane yield in two contrasting biomethane potential test systems. Renewable Energy (IF 3.2)
Thamsiriroj, T., Nizami, A.S., Murphy, J.D. (2012) Use of modelling to generate design parameters for a two-phase grass digestion system, Bioresource Technology, 110, 379 – 389 (IF 4.546)
Thamsiriroj, T., Nizami, A.S., Murphy, J.D. (2012) Why does mono-digestion of grass silage fail in long term operation? Applied Energy, 92, 783 – 790. (IF 3.88)
Nizami, A.S., Orozco, A., Groom, E., Diertrich, B., Murphy, J.D., (2012) How much gas can we get from grass? Applied Energy 92: 783 - 790 (IF 3.88; cited by 3)
Murphy, J.D., Thamsiriroj, T. (2011) What will fuel transport systems of the future? Materials Today, 14, (11) 518 - 524 (IF 6.265)
Nizami, A.S., Murphy, J.D. (2011) Optimizing the Operation of a Two-Phase Anaerobic Digestion System Digesting Grass Silage. Environmental Science and Technology, 45 (17) 7561 – 7569 (IF 4.825; cited by 3)
Browne, J., Nizami, A.S., Murphy, J.D. (2011) Assessing the cost of biofuel production with increasing penetration of the transport fuel market: a case study of gaseous biomethane in Ireland, Renewable and Sustainable Reviews, 15 (9) 4537 - 4547 (IF 4.567; cited by 1)
Thamsiriroj, T., Smyth, H., Murphy, J.D. (2011) A roadmap for the introduction of gaseous transport fuel: A case study for renewable natural gas in Ireland Renewable and Sustainable Reviews, 15 (9) 4642 - 4651 (IF 4.567)
McEniry, J., O’Kiely, P., Crossan, P., Groom, E., Murphy, J.D. (2011). The effect of feedstock cost on biofuel cost as exemplified by biomethane production from grass silage. Biofuels, Bioproducts, Biorefinery 5 (6) 670 - 682 (IF 4.885; cited by 1)
Nizami, A.S., Singh, A., Murphy, J.D. (2011) Design, commissioning and start-up of a sequentially fed leach bed reactor complete with upflow anaerobic sludge blanket digesting grass silage, Energy and Fuels, 25 (2) 823–834 (IF 2.319; cited by 6)
Smyth, B.M., Smyth, H., Murphy, J.D. (2011) Determining the regional potential for a grass biomethane industry. Applied Energy 88 (6) 2037–2049 (IF 3.88; cited by 5)
Nizami, A.S., Molander, S., Asam, Z.U.Z., Rafique, R., Korres, N.E. , Kiely, G. Murphy, J. D. (2011) Comparative analysis using EIA for developed and developing countries: case studies of hydroelectric power plants in Pakistan, Norway and Sweden, International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology 18(2), 134 - 142
Smyth,B.M., Murphy, J.D. (2011) The indirect effects of biofuels and what to do about them: the case of grass biomethane and its impact on livestock, Biofuels, Bioproducts, Biorefinery, 5 (2)165–184 (IF 4.885)
Asam Z.U.Z., Poulsen, T.G., Nizami, A.S., Rafique, R., Kiely, G., Murphy, J.D. (2011) How can we improve biomethane production per unit of feedstock in biogas plants? Applied Energy, 88(6) 2013–2018 (IF 3.88; cited by 10)
Singh, A., Nizami, A.S., Korres, N.E., Murphy, J.D. (2011) The effect of reactor design on the sustainability of grass biomethane Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 15(3) 1567–1574 (IF 4.842; cited by 6)
Thamsiriroj, T., Murphy, J.D. (2011) A critical review of the applicability of biodiesel and grass biomethane as biofuels to satisfy both biofuel targets and sustainability criteria Applied Energy 88 (4) 1008–1019 (IF 3.88; cited by 4)
Thamsiriroj, T., Murphy, J.D. (2011) Modelling mono-digestion of grass silage in a 2 stage CSTR using ADM1. Bioresource Technology, 102 (2) 948–959 (IF 4.253; cited by 7)
Thamsiriroj, T., Murphy, J.D. (2011). The impact of the life cycle analysis methodology on whether biodiesel produced from residues can meet the EU sustainability criteria for biofuel facilities constructed after 2017. Renewable Energy 36 (1) 50-63 (IF 2.226; cited by 6)
Singh, A., Nigam, P., Murphy, J.D. (2011).Renewable fuels from Algae: An answer to debatable land based fuels Bioresource Technology, 102(1) 10–16 (IF 4.253; cited by 57)
Singh, A.,Nigam, P.S., Murphy J.D. (2011). Mechanism and Challenges in Commercialisation of Algal Biofuels. Bioresource Technology 102 (1) 26-34 (IF 4.253; cited by 37)
Smyth, B.M., O’Gallachoir, B., Korres, N.E., Murphy, J.D. (2010). Can we meet targets for biofuels and renewable energy in transport given the constraints imposed by policy in agriculture and energy? The Journal of Cleaner Production, 18 (16-17) 1671 - 1685 (IF 1.86; cited by 10)
Rafique, R., Poulsen, T.J., Nizami, A.S., Asam, Z.U.Z., Murphy, J.D., Kiely G. (2010) Effect of thermal, chemical and thermo-chemical pre-treatments to enhance methane production Energy, 35(12) 4556-4561 (IF 2.209; cited by 10)
Sheehan, C., Harrington, J., Murphy, J.D., (2010). A technical assessment of topsoil production from dredged material. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 54(12) 1377–1385. (IF 2.209; cited by 4)
Sheehan, C., Harrington, J., Murphy, J.D. (2010). An environmental and economic assessment of topsoil production from dredge material. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 55 (2) 209–220. (IF 2.209; cited by 1)
Nizami, A.S., Thamsiriroj, T., Singh, A., Murphy, J.D. (2010). Role of leaching and hydrolysis in a two phase grass digestion system. Energy and Fuels 24 (8), pp 4549–4559 (IF 2.319; cited by 13)
Thamsiriroj, T., Murphy, J.D. (2010). Difficulties associated with mono-digestion of grass as exemplified by commissioning a pilot scale digester. Energy and Fuels, 24 (8), pp 4459–4469 (IF 2.319; cited by 12)
Thamsiriroj, T., Murphy, J.D. (2010). How much of the target for biofuels can be met by biodiesel generated from residues in Ireland? Fuel 89(11) 3579 - 3589 (IF 3.179; cited by 5)
Smyth, B.M., Smyth, H., Murphy, J.D. (2010) Can grass biomethane be an economically viable biofuel for the farmer and the consumer? Biofuels, Bioproducts, Biorefinery, 4(5): 519 - 537 (IF 4.885; cited by 8)
Korres, N.E., Singh, A., Nizami, A.S., Murphy, J.D. (2010) Is grass biomethane a sustainable transport biofuel? Biofuels, Bioproducts, Biorefinery, 4 (3) 310–325 (IF 4.885; cited by 24)
Thamsiriroj,T., Murphy, J.D. (2010). Can rapeseed biodiesel meet the European Union Sustainability Criteria for Biofuels? Energy Fuels, 24 (3): 1720–1730 (IF 2.319; cited by 13)
Nizami, A.S., Murphy J.D., (2010). What type of digester configurations should be employed to produce biomethane from grass silage? Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 14 (6) 1558–1568 (IF 4.842; cited by 12)
Singh, A., Pant, D., Korres, N.E., Nizami, A.S, Prasad S., Murphy, J.D. (2010) Key issues in life cycle assessment of ethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass: Challenges and perspectives Bioresource Technology 101(13) 5003–5012 (IF 4.253: cited by 39)
Singh, A., Smyth, B.M., Murphy, J.D. (2010) A biofuel strategy for Ireland with an emphasis on production of biomethane and minimization of land take Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 14(1): 277-288 (IF 4.842: cited by 33)
Nizami, A.S., Korres, N.E., Murphy, J.D. (2009) A review of the integrated process for the production of grass biomethane. Environmental Science and Technology, 43(22): 8496–8508 (IF 4.630: cited by 19)
Smyth, B.M., Murphy, J.D., O'Brien, C. (2009). What is the energy balance of grass biomethane in Ireland and other temperate northern European climates? Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 13(9): 2349-2360 (IF 4.842: cited by 23).
Power, N.M., Murphy, J.D. (2009). Which is the preferable transport fuel on a greenhouse gas basis; biomethane or ethanol? Biomass and Bioenergy, 33(10) 1403 - 1412 (IF 3.326: cited by 6).
Thamsiriroj, T., Murphy, J.D., (2009). Is it better to import palm oil from Thailand to produce biodiesel than to produce biodiesel from indigenous Irish rape seed? Applied Energy 86 (5) 595–604 (IF 3.88: cited by 44).
Murphy,J.D., Power, N.M. (2009). An argument for using biomethane generated from grass as a biofuel in Ireland. Biomass and Bioenergy 33(3) 504-512 (IF 3.326: cited by 28).
Power, N.M., Murphy, J.D., McKeogh, E. (2009). Technical and economic analysis of biogas production in Ireland using three different crop rotations. Applied Energy, 86(1) 25 – 36, (IF 3.88: cited by 23).
Murphy, J.D., Power, N.M. (2008). How can we improve the energy balance of ethanol production from wheat? Fuel, 87 (10-11)1799 – 1806 (IF 3.179: cited by 18).
Power, N.M., Murphy, J.D., McKeogh, E. (2008). What crop rotation will provide optimal first generation ethanol production in Ireland from technical and economic perspectives? Renewable Energy, 33 (7) 1444 – 1454, (IF 2.226: cited by 11).
Murphy, J.D., Power, N.M. (2007). A technical, economic, and environmental analysis of energy production from newspaper in Ireland. Waste Management, 27(2)177 – 192 (IF 2.433: cited by 15).
Murphy, J.D., McKeogh, E. (2006). The benefits of integrated treatment of wastes for the production of energy. Energy, 31(2-3) 294-310 (IF 2.952; cited by 17).
Murphy, J.D., Power, N.M. (2006). A technical, economic and environmental comparison of composting and anaerobic digestion of biodegradable municipal waste. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A: Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering, 41(5) 865 - 879. (cited by 13)
Murphy, J.D., McCarthy, K. (2005).The optimal production of biogas for use as a transport fuel in Ireland. Renewable Energy, 30(14) 2111-2127 (IF 2.226: cited by 33).
Murphy, J.D.,McCarthy, K. (2005) Ethanol production from energy crops and wastes for use as a transport fuel in Ireland,” Applied Energy, Volume 82 (2) 148-166, (IF 3.88: cited by 40).
Murphy, J.D. (2005) CH4-enriched biogas utilised as a transport fuel: the case for the utilisation of biogas as a transport fuel. Academic Review, The Engineers Journal, 59(9): 571 – 576.
Murphy, J.D., McKeogh, E., Kiely, G. (2004). Technical/economic/environmental analysis of biogas utilisation. Applied Energy 77(4): 407-427. (IF 3.88: cited by 46).
Murphy, J.D., McKeogh, E. (2004) Technical, economic and environmental analysis of energy production from municipal solid waste. Renewable Energy, 29 (7) 1043-1057 (IF 2.226: cited by 55).