Barbara completed a B.E. in Chemical Engineering at the University College Dublin followed by a PhD with the crystallization group in UCD through the SSPC 1.
The objective of her PhD project was to investigate the application of Flash Crystallization. This included the development of the equipment and application of Process Analytical Techniques for characterizing the process. She did an internship with Schering Plough Rathdrum where working in the technical services department on a technical transfer and scale up project for a new API. Following her PhD she worked for a year with Eli Lilly in Indianapolis in SMDD (Small Molecule Design and Development) as a Postdoctoral Scientist, working on characterizing a high shear mixing device for nucleation control in crystallization processes. She worked as a Postdoctoral Process Engineer within the Process Optimization Group in Technical Services (TSMS) at Eli Lilly Kinsale. In 2015 she moved to the University of Limerick as a Postdoctoral Researcher on the CCID (Continuous Crystallization Isolation and Drying) project.
She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at UCD working across a range of SSPC projects including LT2 and continuous crystallization. Interests include – filtration and drying of APIs, powder characterization, dynochem modelling, mixing characterization, continuous processing of APIs including integration of continuous steps, process scale up and optimization.