Professor William Clarke


School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 56464


Prof Bill Clarke (Schools of Civil and Chemical Engineering) has an extensive publication record in methods for accelerating the solubilisation and digestion of solid organic waste, measuring landfill emissions and the ingress of O2 and subsequent composting of waste in landfills, the utilisation of waste as a carbon source for H2S production in the mineral processing industry, on-site digestion of combined wastewater and solid organic waste and the fate of pathogens, heavy metals and POPs in organic treatment processes. He was an Associate Editor of Waste Management (2008-13) and is on the Managing Board of the International Waste Working Group.

Research Interests

  • Organic solid and liquid waste degradation processes
    Organic solid and liquid waste degradation processes, including anaerobic digestion, vermicomposting and trickle flow processes for refractory organic compounds; and Measurement modelling of multicomponent systems involving biological reactions.


  • MScEng, Notre Dame
  • BEng, South Australian Institute of Technology
  • PhD, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Jensen, Paul D., Astals, Sergi, Bai, Xue, Nieradzik, Ludwika, Wardrop, Peter, Batstone, Damien J. and Clarke, William P. (2022). Established full-scale applications for energy recovery from water: anaerobic digestion. Resource recovery from water. (pp. 99-139) London, United Kingdom: IWA Publishing. doi: 10.2166/9781780409566_0099

  • Strong, Peter James , Karthikeyan, Obulisamy Parthiba , Zhu, Jing , Clarke, William and Wu, Weixiang (2017). Methanotrophs: methane mitigation, denitrification and bioremediation. Agro-environmental sustainability: Volume 2: Managing environmental pollution. (pp. 19-40) edited by Jay Shankar Singh and Gamini Seneviratne. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-49727-3_2

  • Lai, T. E., Koppar, A. K., Pullammanappallil, P. C. and Clarke, W. P. (2009). Mathematical modeling of batch, single stage, leach bed anaerobic digestion of organic fraction of municipal solid waste. Optimization in the Energy Industry. (pp. 233-276) edited by J. Kallrath, P. M. Pardalos, S. Rebennack and M. Scheidt. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

  • Clarke, W. P. (2004). Solid and Hazardous Wastes. Environmental Health in Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 293-309) edited by N. Cromar, S. Cameron and H. Fallowfield. South Melbourne, Vic., Australia: Oxford University Press.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision