Pilar Fernandez-Ibanez


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    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile


Dr. Pilar Fernández Ibáñez holds a PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Granada (2004), a degree in Physics from the University of Granada (1994) and a Master Applied Physics and Environmental Sciences from the University of Almería (Almería, 1997). Lecturer in Engineering Science at Ulster University (UK, 2017). Previously Senior Researcher at Plataforma Solar de Almería of CIEMAT (Spain, 2003-2016) and head of the Solar Treatment of Water Unit.

Research focus on solar driven technologies for water purification with wide experience in advanced oxidation processes for the removal of microbiological pathogens and hazardous chemical contaminants from water, using solar reactors for field applications on drinking water, wastewater disinfection and irrigation reuse of treated wastewater.

Participated in 19 EU-funded research projects in this area. Fernandez recently moved to Ulster (2017) to establish her research focused on low-cost technologies in ODA countries. Since then she has secured two H2020 projects on water (H202-PANI WATER, and H2020-REWATERGY) and a RS-Newton mobility grant with Stellenbosch Univ. (SUN). She is CoI and work package leader in GCRF-SAFEWATER (Latin America) and H2020-WATERSPOUTT (Sub-Saharian Africa) projects. Published 139 peer-reviewed papers (H= 46, total citations > 6,700).

Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Member of the Engineering Research Institute at Ulster. Associate Editor for Europe of the Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology, A: Chemistry (Elsevier). Member of the Editorial Board of the Process Safety and Environmental Protection (Elsevier,). Guest editor in a number of Special issues of several Elsevier journals, including Solar Energy, Applied Catalysis B, and Catalysis Today (2005- up to now). Member of the Ethics Filter Committee in the Faculty of Computing and Engineering at Ulster University. Member of the Royal Irish Academy Climate Change and Environmental Sciences Committee.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Granada

1 Mar 19964 Feb 2004

Bachelor, University of Granada

1 Sep 198930 Jun 1994

External positions

Head of group & Senior researcher, CIEMAT

1 Jan 201231 Dec 2016

Senior researcher, CIEMAT

9 Oct 200931 Dec 2016

Research Fellow, CIEMAT

1 Jun 20038 Oct 2009

Project Manager

1 Jun 200030 May 2003

Research scholarship, University of Almeria

3 Mar 199730 May 2000

Research assistant, University of Granada

1 Oct 199530 Jun 1996

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Research Output 2001 2020

1688 Citations (Scopus)

Decontamination and disinfection of water by solar photocatalysis: Recent overview and trends

Malato, S., Fernandez Ibanez, P., Maldonado, M. I., Blanco, J. & Gernjak, W., 3 Aug 2009, In : Catalysis Today. 147, 1, p. 1-59

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
26 Citations (Scopus)

Intracellular mechanisms of solar water disinfection

Castro-Alférez, M., Polo-López, M. I. & Fernandez-Ibanez, P., 2 Dec 2016, In : Scientific Reports. 6, 38145, p. 1-10

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Reactive Oxygen Species
Escherichia coli
Oxidative stress
86 Citations (Scopus)

Solar photocatalytic disinfection of water using titanium dioxide graphene composites

Fernandez-Ibanez, P., Polo-López, M. I., Malato, S., Wadhwa, S., Hamilton, J., Dunlop, PSM., D’Sa, R., Magee, E., O’Shea, K., Dionysiou, D. D. & Byrne, J. A., 1 Feb 2015, In : Chemical Engineering Journal. 261, p. 36-44

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Titanium dioxide
196 Citations (Scopus)

Solar water disinfection (SODIS): A review from bench-top to roof-top

McGuigan, K. G., Conroy, R. M., Mosler, H-J., Preez, M. D., Ubomba-Jaswa, E. & Fernandez Ibanez, P., 7 Aug 2012, In : Journal of Hazardous Materials. 235-23, p. 29-46

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Global Challenge Pump-Prime workshop: Sustainable Design and Shared Space

Saul Golden (Organiser), Mervyn Smyth (Organiser), John Byrne (Participant), Pilar Fernandez-Ibanez (Participant), Michael Brennan (Participant), David Turnbull (Participant), Francis Agyenim Boateng (Participant)
20 Nov 201721 Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...