Dr David O'Connor

t: +353 402 4571  e: David.x.oconnor@dit.ie
Assistant lecturer in Physical Chemistry



Teaching Areas/ Subject Areas 

Thermodynamics, Kinetics, Photochemistry

Research Interests

Atmospheric Chemistry, Bioaerosols and Photochemistry



Post-Doctoral Researcher - University College Cork/ Swiss Meteorological Office

January 2013- October 2014  

Post-Doctoral Researcher - University of Denver

October 2014 – November 2015

Assistant Lecturer- Dublin Institute of Technology

November 2015-Present



Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry, University College Cork (2013)

BSc in Chemistry, University College Cork (2008)


Selected Papers

1.       Healy, D.A., et al., A laboratory assessment of the Waveband Integrated Bioaerosol Sensor (WIBS-4) using individual samples of pollen and fungal spore material. Atmospheric Environment, 2012. 60: p. 534-543.


2.         Healy, D.A., D.J. O’Connor, and J.R. Sodeau, Measurement of the particle counting efficiency of the “Waveband Integrated Bioaerosol Sensor” model number 4 (WIBS-4). Journal of Aerosol Science, 2012. 47: p. 94-99.


3.         Healy, D.A., et al., Ambient measurements of biological aerosol particles near Killarney, Ireland: a comparison between real-time fluorescence and microscopy techniques. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 2014. 14(15): p. 8055-8069.


4.         Hummel, M., et al., Regional-scale simulations of fungal spore aerosols using an emission parameterization adapted to local measurements of fluorescent biological aerosol particles. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2015. 15(11): p. 6127-6146.


5.         O'Connor, D.J., D.A. Healy, and J.R. Sodeau, The on-line detection of biological particle emissions from selected agricultural materials using the WIBS-4 (Waveband Integrated Bioaerosol Sensor) technique. Atmospheric Environment, 2013. 80(0): p. 415-425.


6.         O'Connor, D.J., et al., Using spectral analysis and fluorescence lifetimes to discriminate between grass and tree pollen for aerobiological applications. Analytical Methods, 2014. 6(6): p. 1633-1639.


7.         O’Connor, D.J., S.M. Daly, and J.R. Sodeau, On-line monitoring of airborne bioaerosols released from a composting/green waste site. Waste Management, 2015. 42: 23-30


8.         O’Connor, D.J., et al., Using the WIBS-4 (Waveband Integrated Bioaerosol Sensor) Technique for the On-Line Detection of Pollen Grains. Aerosol Science and Technology, 2014. 48(4): p. 341-349.


9.         O’Connor, D.J., et al., The intrinsic fluorescence spectra of selected pollen and fungal spores. Atmospheric Environment, 2011. 45(35): p. 6451-6458.


10.      O’Connor, D.J., et al., Atmospheric concentrations of Alternaria, Cladosporium, Ganoderma and Didymella spores monitored in Cork (Ireland) and Worcester (England) during the summer of 2010. Aerobiologia, 30(4) 397-411 2014


11.      O’Connor, D., D. Healy, and J. Sodeau, A 1-month online monitoring campaign of ambient fungal spore concentrations in the harbour region of Cork, Ireland. Aerobiologia, 31(3) 295-314 2015


12. SODEAU, J. R. & O'CONNOR, D. J. Bioaerosol Monitoring of the Atmosphere for Occupational and Environmental Purposes. Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry. Elsevier. 2016