• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 7961 Citations
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Biography

Beginning as a theoretical physicist, I have developed my skills as a researcher using physical science and engineering to develop safe drinking water solutions for low economy and marginalised communities in the Global South. My research helps to empower women and girls in these communities since it is they who are normally responsible for water in the households. For example, my contribution to the H2020 WATERSPOUTT project delivered two solar disinfection systems to primary schools in Uganda with 500 children now drinking safer water.

 

I took up a lecturing post in the School of Engineering at Ulster University in 2017. Prior to that I was Head of the Solar Treatment of Water Unit (since 2012). From 2003 to 2012 I had worked in 15 EU-funded and 6 National research projects in water treatment. Since joining Ulster I have established myself as a leading researcher. I am PI in two EU H2020 projects (PANIWATER, REWATERGY, 2019-2023) and I held a Royal Society Newton mobility grant.  My networks and collaborations were critical to securing the flagship GCRF UKRI SAFEWATER project in which I am a Co-I and WP leader (£4.9 M from EPSRC).  I am also Co-I in GCRF Global Research Translation Award SAFEWATER Translate (£827k), which is focused on accelerating impact from SAFEWATER technologies. While at Plataforma, I was PI and WP leader in the H2020-WATERSPOUTT (3.8M€) and I have maintained my role as WP lead after moving to Ulster.  

 

I have published 148 peer-reviewed papers and (H=53, total citations >10000).  I have supervised 8 PhD students to completion and acted as line manager to 5 post-docs.  Currently I am supervisor to 6 PhDs and line manager to 3 post-docs.  

 

I take an active role in research committees and outreach.  I am Associate Editor for Europe for the Elsevier Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, I am member of the Royal Irish Academy Climate Change and Environmental Sciences Committee, and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

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, 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

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Research Output

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

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  • 1770 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

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  • 31 Citations (Scopus)
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    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

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  • 96 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

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  • 221 Citations (Scopus)

    Activities

    • 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

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