SSPC News & Events

SSPC meet with Dr. Rohit Ramachandran, Assistant Professor Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers University


Dr. Rohit Ramachandran visited the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) at the University of Limerick to see the facilities we have at our centre and laboratories based in the Bernal Institute. Many groups met with Rohit to explore possible collaboration with Rutgers University and also share experiences.

Engaging Science: upskilling and promoting science among Irish teachers and educators nationally


Caitríona Mullen, St. Louis Secondary School, Monaghan, demonstrates the hands-on approach to science with the methane mamba at the 10th SSPC Chemistry Demonstration Workshop held in the University of Limerick making science more fun and meaningful.

SSPC researchers present at CGOM12 and BACG2016 Joint Conference in University of Leeds

Many of SSPC's researchers attended and presented at the 12th International Workshop of the Crystal Growth of Organic Materials and the 47th Annual British Association of Crystal Growth Conference (Joint Conference) in University of Leeds from June 26th to 30, 2016. The aim of this joint conference was to provide a forum for broad scientific and technological exchange amongst researchers and academics from around the world. The conference focused on the fundamentals of crystal growth, different types of crystals and their crystallisation environment, crystallisation engineering and crystallisation characterisation techniques.

SSPC’s Drug Product Formulation Workshop: Building on a Culture of Collaboration


The Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) were delighted to bring over 30 participants in for a two-day drug product formulation workshop from some of our industry partners including Roche, Merck, APC Ltd., Alkermes, Pfizer, Janssen and Johnson & Johnson.

SSPC's Teresa Tierney (PhD.c, IRCSET funded) awarded the BOC Gases Ireland Postgraduate Bursary


Teri Tierney (Kilconly, Tuam, Co. Galway) graduated from the University of Limerick in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry and is currently in the final year of her doctorate studies, conducting research in the area of drug development, formulation and delivery. Her work focuses on improving the therapeutic response of drugs with limited bioavailability through modification of the solid state particles.

Pictured: L-R: Dr. Sarah Hudson, Academic Supervisor, Dept of Chemical & Environmental Sciences UL, Eamonn Bolton, Ireland Sales Manager BOC Gases, Prof. Ake Rasmuson, Academic Supervisor, Dept of Chemical & Environmental Sciences, UL, Teri Tierney, Dept of Chemical & Environmental Sciences, UL, recipient of the BOC Gases Postgraduate Bursary and Prof Tony Pembroke, Head of Department, Dept of Chemical & Environmental Sciences UL.

EUPAT8 Oct 2-4 2016


Inventing Tomorrow’s Development and Manufacturing is, as communicated, the overall theme of the 8th pan-European Science Conference (EUPAT 8), October 3-4 • 2016 • University College Cork • Cork • Ireland.

SSPC researchers visit Rutgers University


In May, Rahamatullah Shaikh, PhD student, Model Predictive Control of Continuous Pharmaceutical Processes, Dr. Saeed Shirazian, Mechanistic modelling of continuous wet granulation on a Model Predictive Control of Continuous Pharmaceutical Processing project, Seyedeh Pishnamazi, Phd student, MOMEnTUM Spokes Project and Shaza Darwish, Phd student, IvP- Model predictive control of continuous pharmaceutical processing visited Rutgers University. Our researchers undertake such visits to promote inter-disciplinary research among research centres bringing together experts in process engineering, material science and pharmaceutical science. This not only develops young researchers as global scientists but also improves technical, leadership and communication skills.!visiting-scholars/hvcpp.

Sometimes it’s logical to just have a pint

A massive crowd gathered at JJ Bowles Pub in Limerick last Wednesday, May 25th for a free scientific event called Pint of Science. This novel idea brings scientists to the local pub where they discuss their research with the general public. Luckily for us in Limerick there is a wealth of scientists and engineers based in the University of Limerick who were up for a pint but were also delighted to talk about their research!!

Continuous Manufacturing - The Future of Pharmaceuticals?


At this seminar, you will hear industry representatives from the leading Pharma and Biopharmaceutical companies speaking about their developments and strategies in this exciting growth area for the business.
Listen to a line-up of inspiring Irish, European and American speakers presenting current material on Small Molecule, Large Molecule and Drug Product Manufacturing as well overviews on the key regulatory challenges and exciting international collaborations for nano-based drug product continuous manufacture


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