Dr Patrick Frawley

Dr Patrick Frawley (Call 2)
Patrick Frawley

Contact: patrick.frawley@ul.ie

PROCESS Research Theme: Process Modelling, Control and PAT

Research Interests: 

Process Modelling

Crystallization kinetics

Continuous processing

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Short Bio

Dr. Patrick Frawley has extensive academic-industrial research experience. He is a Senior Lecturer in Aerodynamics and has supervised thirteen doctorates to completion in the areas of process design and turbomachinery design.  Through the University of Limericks’ partnership with Aughinish Alumina (Rusal) he led the process-modelling team in their development and modification of the plant.  In his current role as a funded Investigator for the SFI funded Solid-State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) he plays a leading role in process modelling and optimization of crystallization. In 2013, he led a research team funded by SFI/TIDA to examine a commercial crystallization process. An accurate design space determination approach combined with process modelling resulted in a transformed crystallisation process including innovative developments: a potential yield increase of over 3% at plant scale and significant reductions in process time, solvent use and complexity, with improvements in throughput and better product quality control. He has chaired two conferences where Irish industry proactively addressed the key challenges of API manufacture namely 1st SSPC Continuous Processing workshop, 2013 and Process Analytical Technology Conference, 2015.

Google Scholar


  • Ph.D., Computational Fluid Dynamics and Aerodynamics, University of Limerick
  • B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering, University of Limerick

Call 2 Now Open*** Deadline 2 March 2020****

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801165.