Momentum Spokes Project


The SFI funded SPOKES project (“Modelling of Multi-Phase Transport Processes to Enable Automation in Manufacturing”) is a research collaboration between the Johnson & Johnson Automation Centre of Excellence, Rusal AAL and the University of Limerick focusing on the development of advanced modelling methodologies to maximise manufacturing competitiveness.
The manufacture of pharmaceutics, biopharmaceutics, biomedical and chemical products is complex and costly. Achieving high efficiency and increased plant manufacturing capacity at low cost, demands innovative engineering design and scale-up approaches. Fundamentally, challenges exist in simulating both complex powder flow behaviour and fluid dynamics within manufacturing processes. Therefore, some of Ireland’s leading mathematicians and engineers will work with industry partners to develop advanced modelling methodologies to maximise manufacturing competitiveness. This project will generate substantial intellectual property for Irish universities and guarantee commercial advantage for Irish-based companies, to reaffirm Ireland as a Global Hub for Pharmaceutical Process Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing.

Aisling Arthur is the SSPC Spokes Manager working on this project, email:

SSPC MOMEnTUM Lead Principal Investigators:

Prof. Gavin Walker, University of Limerick

Prof. Harry Van den Akker, University of Limerick

Prof. Stephen O’Brien, University of Limerick

Co-Principal Investigators: Dr Emmet O'Reilly, Dr Denise Croker and Dr Maurice Collins

Research Fellow: Dr Ahmad B. Albadarin

Post Doctoral researchers: Dr Barbara Schaller, Dr Patrick Cronin, Dr Mohamad Pourtousi, Dr Kevin Moroney, Dr Bernardo Castro Dominguez and Dr
Ekeoma Ijioma

PhD Candidates: Ahmad Ziaee, Seyedeh Pishnamazi and Sudharsan Srinivasan

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