Title: Dr.
First Name: Clare
Surname: O’Farrell
Position: Course Leader (GA in BEng (Hons) Engineering: Design & Manufacture) / Lecturer - Mechanical Engineering / Research - Instrumentation & Sensors
Telephone: +44 (0) 12242 262391

Dr Clare O’Farrell is a lecturer at the School of Engineering of the Robert Gordon University. Dr O’Farrell gained her PhD from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland through research on the removal of arsenic from drinking water using UV light. Her research interests include solar and photocatalytic water and wastewater treatment processes, sustainable development in the field of environmental engineering, renewable energy, and microplastics. Dr O’Farrell spent 6 years teaching on the undergraduate engineering pathway at ICRGU before joining the School of Engineering.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teaching
  • Student project supervision
  • Research
  • Member of School Marketing Committee

Academic Background

  • PhD Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, 2012
  • BAI Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, 2007
  • BA Maths, Trinity College Dublin, 2007
  • CILT, Queen Mary University London, 2016

Research Interests

  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • UV and photocatalytic treatment processes
  • Sustainable development
  • Renewable energy
  • Microplastics

Professional Memberships

  • Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (UK)
  • Member of Engineers Without Borders (UK)
  • Member of Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland


O'Farrell C., Mac Mahon, J., Gill L.W., Development of a continuous flow reactor for the solar oxidation and removal of arsenic for sustainable rural water supply, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 4, 2016, p1181 – 1190

Gill L.W., O'Farrell C., Solar oxidation and removal of arsenic process - key parameters for continuous flow application, Water Research, 86, 2015, p46 - 57