Pilar Fernández
Pilar Fernández University of Ulster

Pilar Fernández

Senior Researcher, Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA), Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT) (Oct 2009 to date), Head of the Group of Solar Water Treatment at PSA-CIEMAT (Jan 2012 to date).


Head of Group of Solar Water Treatment; Head of Water Disinfection Research; Principal and Co-Investigator on externally funded research projects; 1st supervisor for 3 current PhD research students; Publishing and submission of grant funding applications. Teaching: Teaching at Master of Solar Energy in the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Almería; Teaching and supervision of post graduate and undergraduate students within the Faculty of Sciences of University of Almería; Teaching at Course of Environmental Applications of Solar Energy by CIEMAT; Visiting Professor (2012-2016) at the University of Ulster (UK) and at the University of Medellin (2013-Colombia).

Research Field:

Main area of research is photocatalytic processes for water treatment and solar energy applications involving the development of solar photoreactors, materials testing under solar radiation, and characterisation of wastewater disinfection and decontamination processes. Research areas involved are Solar Energy Engineering; Advanced Oxidation Technologies; Water Treatment and Purification; Solar Photocatalytic Inactivation of Microorganisms in Water; Colloids and interfaces of Semiconductors in Water. Highlights in research include a number of highly cited research publications, invites for key note and plenary lectures. Awarded and collaborated in a number of European and Spanish funded R&D grants focused on the investigation of drinking water disinfection for developing countries, industrial wastewater remediation, urban wastewater treatment, and reuse for agriculture, inactivation of especially resistant pathogenic microorganisms and technology of solar collectors.



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