Prof. Gavin Walker

Walker, Prof. Gavin

Bernal Chair of Pharmaceutical Powder Engineering
University of Limerick
Role in SSPC: Co-Director, Strand 3 Co-Lead, PI
Office: B3049

University of Limerick
  • B.Eng, Queens University Belfast (QUB), 1992 (Chemical Engineering)
  • Ph.D, Queens University Belfast (QUB), 1995 (Chemical Engineering)
  • Corporate Member IChemE, 1999; PGCHET (QUB), 2000 Fellow IChemE, 2007
Research Interests: 
  • Pharmaceutical Powder Engineering
  • Granulation and agglomeration processes
  • Particle Technology and regime map analysis
  • Bioengineering materials and drug delivery
  • Environmental materials engineering and adsorption modelling
  • Superhydrophobic materials and liquid marble granulation

Short Bio
Professor Gavin Walker currently serves as Bernal Chair of Pharmaceutical Powder Engineering at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He is also a Visiting Research Professor of Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast (UK). Professor Walker has been awarded >€25m in research funding from SFI, EI, EPSRC (UK), TSB (UK), EU and industry sources.
His research interests include particle/powder technology, process modelling and pharmaceutical engineering.
Professor Walker was awarded the prestigious Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2009 for his work on pharmaceutical processing, identifying him as one of the top engineering researchers in the UK. The work was based on developing Raman Spectroscopic techniques for continuous processing, which was published in Chemical Engineering Science and Chemical Engineering Journal. He was also the recipient of a Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) ExxonMobil fellowship in 2002.

Professor Walker is senior author of more than 220 publications, and has been cited >4,100 times. He is currently the Associate Editor of Chemical Engineering Journal and Chemical Engineering Research and Design (focusing on material processing).  In 2017, he helped spin out “IP2 Innovative Particle Processing” for cross-sectoral powder engineering consultancy with the University of Limerick.

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