Pilar Fernandez-Ibanez

Professor, Professor, FIoP, FHEA, MRIA

  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Professor of Environmental Engineering of the School of Engineering at Ulster University (UK). Previously Head of Group at Plataforma Solar de Almería of CIEMAT (Spain). My research focuses on low-cost technologies for water purification, photochemical and advanced oxidation processes for the removal of microbiological pathogens and hazardous chemical contaminants from water, and decentralized technologies for drinking water in developing communities.

Published 182 peer-reviewed publications (H = 60, total citations > 12,000 Scopus). Participated in 22 EU-funded research projects. Co-investigator in the AHRC-Grenn Transition Ecosystems, GCRF-UKRI SAFEWATER and SAFEWATER-TRANSLATE. Principal investigator on two H2020 projects, REWATERGY and PANIWATER (EU-India collaboration), and a Royal Society International Collaboration Award with the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil).  

Member of the Royal Irish Academy, Fellow of the Institute of Physics-UK and Ireland, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy-UK. Member of the Climate Change and Environmental Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy and the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland. Ireland representative of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics(IUPAP), committee C13 (physics for development).

Regional Editor for Europe of the Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology, A: Chemistry, associate editor for the Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, Elsevier. Finalist in the WISE awards 2019 on gender balance in STEM. Distinguished Research Awards 2021 University Champion.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Applied physics, University of Granada

1 Mar 19964 Feb 2004

Award Date: 4 Feb 2004

Bachelor, Theoretical physics, University of Granada

1 Sept 198930 Jun 1994

Award Date: 30 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, SERSA, SAU

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


  • TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
  • Water quality
  • Water treatment
  • Disinfection
  • Nanomaterials
  • Advanced Oxidation Processes


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