Separations, Sensing & Analytical Chemistry

The following staff are responsible for research in the Separations, Sensing & Analytical Chemistry sections in the School of Chemistry.

Dr. Dara Fitzpatrick

Research Interests

  • Audible Sound Waves as a new form of spectroscopy.
  • Environmental monitoring of habitats under conservation.
  • In-vitro and in-vivo bio-analysis of pharmaceutical compounds with a special interest in transdermal drug delivery.
  • Risk assessment and predictive modelling of exogenous compounds via the dermal route.
  • Evaluation and applications of Partition and distribution Co-efficients in PBPK, Environmental and Bio-modelling.

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Dr. Elizabeth Gilchrist

Research Interests

Dr. Gilchrist's interests lie in the development and application of separation techniques to the fields of forensic and environmental science.

  • Separation science, particularly chromatography
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Forensics
  • Environmental
  • Trace Analysis

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Prof. Jeremy Glennon

Research Interests

At UCC, Prof. Glennon played a key role in the establishment of the Analytical & Biological Chemistry Facility (ABCRF) bringing together an interdisciplinary team of synthetic, analytical and bio-chemists in one centre targeted at bio-molecule design and detection. However, by partnering with Dublin City University in the Science Foundation Ireland Strategic Research Cluster programme, he is co-Director of the Irish Separation Science Cluster, through which international industrial and academic collaboration and research output are now greatly enhanced. 

The Innovative Chromatography group at ISSC Cork recorded over 65% increase in citations, with publication and conference participation sustained at impressive levels over the funding period. Through SFI, ISSC and EI support, the Innovative Chromatography group at ISSC Cork, has achieved international recognition for research on particle functionalization and design, through a strong presence in the top analytical and chromatographic journals (such as Analytical Chemistry, Journal of Chromatography A, Analyst, Analytical Methods and Electrophoresis) and at major international conferences.

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Dr. Eric Moore

Research Interests

The focus of his research is to develop novel multi-parameter lab on chip systems that are integrated with both sample separation and sensor capabilities. These smart miniaturised systems can be used in a diverse range of applications such as the environment, pharmaceutical, biomedical, health, forensic, food and beverage industries. He has several research activities that are currently on going and are linked closely to his research strategy. These include: 

  • Development of impedance based nanostructured sensors for monitoring of cell health.

  • Development of amperometric microstructured immunosensors.

  • Development of microfluidic Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) devices integrated with interchangeable columns for separation and amperometric sensors for detection.

  • Development of modular multi-sensing devices integrated with microfluidics and sample pretreatment capabilities.

  • Development of smart needles integrated with impedance sensors for clinical applications.

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