Professor Gavin Walker, Bernal Chair of Process Engineering, University of Limerick and SSPC Principal Investigator
The Bernal Process Engineering Laboratory, uniquely hosts three international leading research centres based in the University of Limerick, the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC), The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC) and The Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC). The Bernal Process Engineering Laboratory is the largest process engineering research group in Ireland.
The engineering lab has been shortlisted under the five categories in the Irish Laboratory Awards 2017, Chemical Laboratory of the Year, Engineering Laboratory of the Year, Pharmaceutical Laboratory of the Year, Research Laboratory of the Year and Start-up Laboratory of the Year. The group is led by Professor Gavin Walker, Bernal Chair of Process Engineering and supported by several young research active staff including, Dr Denise Croker, Dr Emmet O’Reilly, Dr Luis Padrela, Dr David Egan, Dr Darren Whitaker and Dr Ahmad Albadarin.
The Bernal Institute nurtures Ireland’s research leaders of the future and it will support Ireland’s progress for many generations to come. The Institute has already established a significant track record in generating research impact. It currently hosts a number of leading research centres, including: the Science Foundation Ireland funded Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) and three Enterprise Ireland/ IDA funded Technology Centres; Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC); Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC); and the Irish Composites Centre (IComp). The Bernal Institute is named after John Desmond Bernal, one of Ireland’s most influential scientists,e who is regarded as one of the founding fathers of crystallography, a technique that is extensively used in a wide range of scientific disciplines. In addition to his scientific strengths, Professor Bernal had a reputation as a selfless supporter of and mentor to young scientists.
See full shortlist here