Lecturer in Physical Chemistry and Chair of Chemical and Environmental Sciences, University of Limerick
Role in SSPC: Principal Investigator Strand 1, project leader P6 and T5
Professor Kieran Hodnett joined the University of Limerick (NIHE) in 1984 and has been Professor of Physical Chemistry since 1996. A focus of his group’s work in the last number of years has been on understanding
the mechanism at the molecular level whereby solution mediated polymorphic transformations occur. This work includes investigations of dissolution, nucleation and growth of pharmaceutical solids and their interactions with solvent molecules. By investigating a number of these transformations, by defining the precise thermodynamic and kinetic factors which trigger the transformations and by combining in situ methods with a molecular modelling approach, his group has arrived at an understanding of dissolution of a host crystal and the nucleation of a new polymorph in close contact and sometimes in epitaxial relationship with a host polymorph.
Professor Hodnett has published over 120 Journal articles and one book. He has supervised the PhD work of over 30 students, his work has been cited over 3000 times and he has a h-index of 32. Significant leadership roles have include Director of the Solid State Pharmaceuticals Cluster (2007-2013) and the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (2013-2019), Dean Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Limerick (2007-2013), Leader of the Bernal Project, University of Limerick (2009-2013), Leader of the Rusal Aughinish Alumina-University of Limerick Research Collaboration (2002-2007) and Founding Director of the Materials and Surface Science Institute, University of Limerick (1998-2004) Professor Hodnett has led research projects which have attracted over 100 million Euro in competitive funding since 2000 and was awarded the Boyle Higgins Medal of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland in 2016.