Gavin Walker

Bernal Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Limerick

Professor Walker was appointed as the Bernal Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Limerick in 2012. He is also a Visiting Research Professor of Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast (UK). His research interests include particle/powder technology, process modelling and materials engineering.
Gavin has published over 167 international journal papers on various aspects of chemical and process engineering. He is an associate editor of Chemical Engineering Journal and Chemical Engineering Research and Design.
He has been awarded two Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) fellowships: the ExxonMobil Fellowship in 2002 and the Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship in 2009.
His Bernal Process Engineering Research Group at UL currently comprises of 35 post-doctoral researchers and PhD students working on various aspects of chemical processing and it was awarded Research-Academic Lab of the Year at the Irish Awards in 2017.

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Gavin Walker
Bernal Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Limerick
Product & Process Modelling
+353 61 233638

Professor Walker is a Funded Investigator with CONFIRM

• PPhD in Chemical Engineering, Queens University Belfast
• BEng in Chemical Engineering, Queens University Belfast
• CEng

• FIChemE

Process modelling of industrial manufacturing

• Spin-Out Companies: Spin out company formed with QUBIS (2013), “AD FerTech” for manufacture of controlled release granular fertiliser. Company awarded €1.2M from UK Technology Strategy Board, SBRI - Greenius (Cabinet Office) Competition. Spin out company “iP2” (Innovative Powder Processing) 2017, UL.
• 4 Northern Ireland Invest POC projects: Bone Tissue Engineering (2008), AD treatment Processes (2009), Engineering applications of SH materials (2011), Heat/momentum transfer using SH surfaces (2013)
• Proven track record in collaboration with industry (See “Research Interests”)

Professor Walker has repeatedly demonstrated successful collaboration with international industry partners and has industrially funded projects that have delivered improvements in:
• Product quality (BP Chemicals, via continuous distillation)
• New processes (AstraZeneca, via microwave drying PAT)
• Energy/environmental efficiency (ExxonMobil and Bombardier Aerospace, via new adsorption processes)
• New product development & new products (P&G, via a new encapsulation system; SABIC, via controlled release product)
• Powder engineering (Roche and Pfizer, via powder flow prediction)
• Pharmaceutical engineering (Pfizer, Eli-Lilly, GSK, Genzyme, Allergan, Sun pharma, Ethicon, J&J, Janssen, Regeneron, Nestle, Stryker)

Shirazian, S., Darwish, S., Kuhs, M., Croker, D.M., Walker, G.M., Regime-separated approach for population balance modelling of continuous wet granulation of pharmaceutical formulations (2018) Powder Technology, 325, pp. 420-428. DOI: 10.1016/j.powtec.2017.11.047 Sajjia, M., Shirazian, S., Egan, D., Iqbal, J., Albadarin, A.B., Southern, M., Walker, G., Mechanistic modelling of industrial-scale roller compactor ‘Freund TF-MINI model’ (2017) Computers and Chemical Engineering, 104, pp. 141-150. DOI: 10.1016/j.compchemeng.2017.04.018 Shirazian, S., Kuhs, M., Darwish, S., Croker, D., Walker, G.M., Artificial neural network modelling of continuous wet granulation using a twin-screw extruder (2017) International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 521 (1-2), pp. 102-109. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2017.02.009 Sajjia, M., Albadarin, A.B., Walker, G., Statistical analysis of industrial-scale roller compactor ‘Freund TF-MINI model’ (2016) International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 513 (1-2), pp. 453-463. DOI:10.1016/j.ijpharm.2016.09.052

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