Our People » Denise Croker

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Research and Teaching Interests

Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

Denise Croker

Industrial chemist turned chemical engineer, my career to-date has been earned between industry and academia. My PhD was an industrially based research project at the alumina refinery Aughinish Alumina in Askeaton, Co. Limerick. I investigated a unit operation at this site, mimicing the plant reaction in a lab-scale autocalve at in-situ synchrotron facility. I subsequently joined the company for a period as a process engineer. I returned to UL as a post doctorate researcher with the Solid State Pharmaceutical Cluster. This involved managing the day-day activities of a group of post-graduate research students, and conducting research around crystallisation and associated phenomena. I became very interested in the pharmaceutical industry and moved to the real world of pharma in a transition to MSD (Merck, Sharpe & Dohme) as a project engineer, where I worked mainly on the commercialisation of new products. I returned to UL as a lecturer for the BEng Chemical & Biochemical Engineering program and am now Executive Director with SSPC, the SFI Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals.

Additional Links

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Croker, D; Loan, M; Hodnett, B K; (2008) ‘Desilication reactions at digestion conditions: An in-situ X-ray diffraction study’. Crystal Growth & Design,
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Croker, D; Loan, M; Hodnett, B K (2009) ‘Kinetics and mechanisms of the hydrothermal crystallization of calcium titanate species’. Crystal Growth & Design,
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