Professor William Clarke

Professor and Remondis Chair

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
william.clarke@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56464
0413183411

Overview

Dr William Clarke's research interests are in: Organic solid and liquid waste degradation processes, including anaerobic digestion, vermicomposting and trickle flow processes for refractory organic compounds; and Measurement modeling of multicomponent systems involving biological reactions.

He received his PhD from the University of Queensland in 1993.

His current research projects are in the fields of:

  • 2003-2005, Landfill Based Rapid Anaerobic Digestion of Municipal Solid Waste
  • 2002-2004, Fundamental Knowledge Generation of Organic Solid Waste-Microorganism Interactions
  • 2002-2004, Development of a Trickle Filter for Treating Sour Water from Oil Shale Processing Plants
  • 2002-2003, Development of an Invessel Digester for Treating Solid Wastes in Environmental Sensitive Tourist Locations
  • 2001-2003, Dynamics of flow and chemical transport/transformation in a subterranean estuary, funded by The Leverhulme Trust UK (L. Li, D. A. Barry, H. Prommer, A. Binley).

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.

Qualifications

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

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Strong, Peter James , Karthikeyan, Obulisamy Parthiba , Zhu, Jing , Clarke, William and Wu, Weixiang (2017). Methanotrophs: methane mitigation, denitrification and bioremediation. In Jay Shankar Singh and Gamini Seneviratne (Ed.), Agro-environmental sustainability (pp. 19-40) 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. In J. Kallrath, P. M. Pardalos, S. Rebennack and M. Scheidt (Ed.), Optimization in the Energy Industry (pp. 233-276) Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

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

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Patel, M., Vaughan, J. and Clarke, W. (2016). Using municipal solid waste for biogenic hydrogen sulphide production. In: Chemeca 2016: Chemical Engineering - Regeneration, Recovery and Reinvention. Chemeca Conference, Adelaide, Australia, (3384338.1-3384338.12). 25-28 September 2016.

  • Xie, Sihuang, Odwyer, T., Shen, Y., Freguia, S. and Clarke, W. P. (2013). Methane oxidation activities on graphite granules: effect of biomass concentration. In: R. Cossu, P. He, P. Kjeldsen, Y. Matsufuji, D. Reinhart and R. Stegmann, Sardinia 2013: Fourteenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium Proceedings. sardinia_2013: 14th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy, (). 30 September - 4 October 2013.

  • Clarke, W. P. and Xie, Sihuang (2013). Rapid digestion of shredded MSW by sequentially flooding and draining small landfill cells. In: R. Cossu, P. He, P. Kjeldsen, Y. Matsufuji, D. Reinhart and R. Stegmann, Sardinia 2013: Fourteenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium Proceedings. sardinia_2013: 14th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy, (12-21). 30 September-4 October, 2013. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2015.11.050

  • Clarke, W. P., Zheng, H. and Klosterman, F. (2012). Degradation of the organic fraction of MSW in less than 6 months in biocells. In: 4th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste, Venice, Italy, (). 12-15 November 2012.

  • Zheng, Hang, O'Sullivan, Cathryn, Clarke, William, Zeng, Raymond and Duke, Mikel (2010). A high yield, hydrogen producing, bacterial community enriched from anaerobic digester leachate. In: 18th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2010 - WHEC 2010 Parallel Sessions Book 2: Hydrogen Production Technologies - Part 1 Proceedings of the WHEC, May 16.-21. 2010, Essen. 18th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2010, Messe Essen, Germany, (205-209). May 16-21, 2010.

  • Zheng, Hang, O'Sullivan, Kathryn, Mereddy, Ram, Zeng, Raymond J., Duke, Mikel and Clarke, William (2009). Production of bio-hydrogen using a membrane anaerobic reactor: limitations due to diffusion. In: Proceedings of the Environmental Research Event 2009, Noosa, QLD. Environmental Research Event 2009, Noosa Heads, Queensland, (1-15). 10-13th May 2009.

  • Duke, Mikel, Mereddy, Ram, Randall, Martin, Zheng, Hang, Zeng, Raymond and Clarke, William (2008). Hydrogen production by integration of silica membrane with anaerobic digestion of solid waste. In: WHEC2008: 17th World Hydrogen Energy Conference. 17th World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC2008), Brisbane, Australia, (). 15-19 June 2008.

  • Rounsefell, B., Clarke, W.P. and Batstone, D.J. (2007). An integrated, decentralised waste management system utilising anaerobic codigestion. In: Cossu, R., Diaz, L.F. and Stegmann, R., Eleventh International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium. Sardinia 2007, Italy, (879-880). 1-5 October 2007.

  • Tannock, S., Clarke, W. P., Keller, J., O'Sullivan, C. and Timms, C. (2007). An optimally integrated treatment process for solid organic waste and wastewater to maximise sustainability in a decentralized treatment plant. In: R. Cossu, L. F. Diaz and R. Stegmann, Eleventh International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium. Sardinia 2007 - Eleventh International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, Sardinia, Italy, (109-110). 1-5 October 2007.

  • O'Sullivan, C., Burrell, P. C., Passmore, M., Clarke, W. P. and Blackall, L. L. (2007). Application of flowcell technology for monitoring biofilm development and cellulose degradation in leachate and rumen inoculated systems. In: R. Cossu and R. Stegmann, Eleventh International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium. Sardinia 2007 - XI International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, S. Margherita di Pula (Cagliari), Sardinia, Italy, (109-110). 1-5 October 2007.

  • Radnidge, P. and Clarke, W. P. (2007). Effect of temperature on the digestion of municipal solid waste co-disposed with digested sludge. In: Cossu, R., Diaz, L.F. and Stegmann, R., Eleventh International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium. Sardinia 2007, Italy, (601-602). 1-5 October 2007.

  • Jensen, P.D., Hardin, M.T. and Clarke, W.P. (2007). Measurement and quantification of sessile and planktonic microbial populations during the anaerobic digestion of cellulose. In: 11th IWA World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion. 11th IWA World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion, Brisbane, Australia, (1-6). 23-27 September 2007.

  • Jensen, P. D., Hardin, M. T. and Clarke, W. P. (2006). Preliminary study on the effect of initial biomass on the Hydrolysis of Cellouse Particles by Leachate Communities. In: Faculty of Engineering, CHEMCA 2006 Knowledge and Innovation. CHEMECA 2006; The 34th Annual Australasian Chemical and Process Engineering Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, (1-6). 17-20 September 2006.

  • Li, L., Clarke, W. P., Lockington, D. A. and Jeng, D.-S (2005). Assessing the effectiveness of new teaching methods in engineering education. In: David Radcliffe and Josh Humphries, 4th ASEE/AaeE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education. 4th ASEE/AaeE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, Sydney, Australia, (1-6). 26-29 September 2005.

  • Clarke, W. P., Radnidge, P., Lai, E.T., Jensen, P. and Hardin, M. T. (2005). Digestion of waste bananas to generate energy in Australia. In: Raffaello Cossu and Rainer Stegmann, Sardinia 2005, Tenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium. Sardinia 2005, Tenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, Sardinia, Italy, (497-498). 307 October 2005.

  • Clarke, W. P., O'Sullivan, C. A., Song, H., Burrell, P. C. and Blackall, L. L. (2005). Fundamental studies on the colonization and hydrolysis of solid organic particles in anaerobic digesters. In: Raffaello Cossu and Rainer Stegmann, Sardina 2005 - Tenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium. Sardina 2005 - Tenth International Waste Management and Landflill Symposium, Sardinia, Italy, (747-748). 3-7 October 2005.

  • Radnidge, P., Clarke, W. P., Lai, E.T. and Song, H. (2005). Landfill based pretreatment of MSW in Australia. In: Raffaello Cossu and Rainer Stegmann, Sardina 2005 - Tenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium. Sardinia 2005 - Tenth International Waste Management and Landflill Symposium, Sardinia, Italy, (659-660). 3-7 October 2005.

  • Jensen, P., Hardin, M. T. and Clarke, W. P. (2005). Preliminary evaluation of banana waste as a substrate for energy generation. In: M Hardin, CHEMECA 2005 - 33rd Australasian Chemical Engineering Conference. CHEMECA 2005, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, (1-7). 25-28 September 2005.

  • Lai, T., Pullammanappallil, P. and Clarke, W. P. (2003). A model to predict the effect of buffer on the start-up of slurry and leach-bed anaerobic digestion of MSW. In: Thomas H Christensen, Raffaello Cossu and Rainer Stegmann, Sardinia 2003 Ninth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium. Sardinia 2003 Ninth International Waste Management and Landfilm, Italy, (1-10). 6-10 October 2003.

  • Ho, N. M., Clarke, W. P. and Sly, L. I. (2003). Characterisation of spatial and temporal profiles in packed-column biofilm reactor for shale retorting process wastewater treatment. In: Biofilm Symposium 2003. Biofilm Symposium 2003, Cape Town, South Africa, (56-56). 14-18 September 2003.

  • Ho, N. M., Clarke, W. P., Sly, L. I. and Picaro, P. (2003). Development of a waste water treatment process of the Stuart Oil Shale Project. In: Innovations in Water OZwater Convention & Exhibition. Innovations in Water OZwater Convention & Exhibition, Perth, Western Australia, (1-18). 6-10 April 2003.

  • Song, H., Clarke, W. P. and Blackall, L. L. (2003). Effect of particle retention time on the anaerobic digestion of organic solids. In: P Pullammanappallil, A Mccomb, L F Diaz and W Bidlingmaier, ORBIT 2003 Organic Recovery and Biological Treatment. ORBIT 2003 Organic Recovery and Biological Treatment, Perth, Australia, (129-137). 30 april - 2 May 2003.

  • O'Sullivan, C. A., Burrell, P. C., Clarke, W. P. and Blackall, L. L. (2003). Relationship between the structure of the cellulolytic community and the rate of cellulose hydrolysis during an aerobic digestion. In: ASM Conferences - Biofilms 2003. Biofilms 2003, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, (1-1). 1-6 November 2003.

  • O'Sullivan, C. A., Burrell, P. C., Clarke, W. P. and Blackall, L. L. (2003). Structure of a cellulose degrading bacterial community during anaerobic digestion. In: BIO-IMEB - Biofilms in Industry, Medicine & Environmental Biotechnology. BIO-IMEB - Biofilms in Industry, Medicine & Environmental Biot, Galway, Ireland, (1-1). 9-14 August 2003.

  • Clarke, W. P., Song, H. and Blackall, L. L. (2003). The hydrolytic efficiency of biofilms on organic solids in anaerobic environments. In: Thomas H. Christensen, Raffaello Cossu and Rainer Stegmann, Sardinia 2003 - Ninth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium. Sardinia 2003 - Ninth International Waste Management and Landfm, Italy, (1-10). 6-10 October 2003.

  • Wong, L. T., Tan, H. L., Lockington, D. A., Clarke, W. P. and Day, R. A. (2003). The mobility of tributylin in dredged sediments. In: S H Chew, M I M Pinto, I Jefferson and Haji Faisai Ali, Proceedings of the International Conference on Geo-Environmental Engineering. Geo-Environmental Engineering, Singapore, (243-248). 9-10 December 2003.

  • Burrell, P., O'Sullivan, C. A., Song, H., Clarke, W. and Blackall, L. (2002). Molecular Analysis of an Anaerobic Cellulolytic Biomass. In: Ian Macreadie and Jo Macreadie, Microbiology Australia; Proceedings of the The Australian Society for Microbiology Annual Scientific Meeting. The Australian Society for Microbiology Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne, Vic., (). September 2002.

  • Nopharatana, M., Clarke, W. P. and Pullammanappallil, P. (1999). Dynamic model of leach bed anaerobic digestion of MSW. In: The 5th Asia-Pacific Biochemical Engineering Conference 1999 and The 11th Annual Meeting of the Thai Society for Biotechnology. APBioCheEC '99, Phuket, Thailand, (P-ENV7). 15-18 November.

  • Nopharatana, A., Pullammanappallil, P. and Clarke, W. P. (1999). Modelling leach bed anaerobic digestion of municipal solid waste. In: II International Symposium on Anaerobic Digestion of Solid Waste. II International Symposium on Anaerobic Digestion of Solid We, Barcelona, Spain, (324-331). 15 - 17 June.

  • Lai, T., Pullammanappallil, P. and Clarke, W. P. (1999). Quantification of cellulose activity using cellulose-azure. In: R Considine, S Low and S Mol, Environmental Engineering Research Event. Environmental Engineering Research Event 1999, Castlemaine, Vic., Aust., (). 23-26 November 1999.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision