Professor Gavin Walker

Prof. Gavin Walker (Call 1 & 2)
Gavin Walker


PROCESS Research Theme: Bulk Solids Processing

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
  • Hybrid Processing
  • Heat and Momentum Transfer
  • Mass Transfer Processes
  • Process Modelling, Control and PAT


Short Bio:
Professor Walker was appointed as the Bernal Chair of Pharmaceutical Engineering at the University of Limerick in 2012.  He is also a Visiting Research Professor of Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast (UK). Professor Walker has been awarded >€27m in research funding from SFI, EI, EPSRC (UK), TSB (UK), EU FP7, H2020 and industry sources. He is currently a principal investigator in the SFI Investigators Programme, the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC), the EI Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC) and the EI Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC).  
His research interests include particle/powder technology, process modelling and pharmaceutical engineering and currently has 40 researchers within his group. He has published over 170 international journal papers (>6700 citations, h-index 38) on various aspects of chemical and process engineering and is associate editor of Chemical Engineering Journal and Chemical Engineering Research and Design (focusing on material processing). Professor Walker has been awarded two Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) fellowships: the ExxonMobil Fellowship in 2002 and the Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship in 2009. In 2017 he was appointed Scientific Director of SFI funded Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC).
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.
Prof Walker’s research group was awarded the National Pharmaceutical Lab of the Year, Chemical Lab of the Year and Overall Academic – Research Lab of the Year in the 2017 Irish Lab Awards.

Researcher ID 

B.Eng, Queens University Belfast (QUB), 1992 (Chemical Engineering)
Ph.D, Queens University Belfast (QUB), 1995 (Chemical Engineering)

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.