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Deidre Wolff

PhD Researcher

Biography

Deidre Wolff graduated from Simon Fraser University (SFU) in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.  After graduation, she worked as a Laboratory Technician for a Canadian mining company.  Here she was involved in research projects, and continued to develop her analytical and quality assurance skills.  During the economic downturn, the company was required to downsize.  Deidre took this opportunity to travel to Ireland.  Once in Ireland, she was hired as a Healthcare Assistant in a Pharmacy, and took every opportunity to travel Europe.  After one year, with a desire to continue her education, Deidre enrolled in a taught Master of Science program in Sustainable Energy and Green Technologies at the University College Dublin (UCD).  The taught modules introduced topics such as Energy Policy, Renewable Energy Systems, Energy Integration, and Life Cycle
Assessment.  Her Master’s thesis, titled, ‘Small-Scale Gasification of Woody Biomass - An Assessment of Gasifier Performance and Syngas Composition’, involved using Gas Chromatography (GC) to analyze the composition of syngas produced by the gasification of wood chips and wood pellets.  Deidre graduated with an MSc in August 2011, achieving a first class honours.

With a passion for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Deidre is currently a PhD research student at the Dublin Institute of Technology under the supervision of Dr. Aidan Duffy and Prof. Geoff Hammond (University of Bath).  Her research project titled, ‘Comparative Analysis of LCA Methodologies in the Built Environment’, involves the assessment of existing methodologies for Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) compilation, including Process, Input-Output and Hybrid techniques, and their application to the built environment.      

Publications

MSc. Thesis: ‘Small Scale Gasification of Woody Biomass- An Assessment of Gasifier Performance and Syngas Composition’, School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, August 2011.