Established in 1845, the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), is a research-led university ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world (QS World rankings 2020) and is ranked #238. Comprising an international student body of over 3000 students out of 17,000, students are drawn from more than 100 countries worldwide with over 1000 studying at MSc/PhD levels. In 2017, University income exceeded €220 million of which over €58 million was from competitive external research funding. NUIG is involved in over 133 Horizon 2020 funded projects, securing in excess of €65 million in direct funding for the University. NUIG researchers are currently leading large collaborative projects across all the main Horizon 2020 programmes including NMBP, MSCA, Health, ICT and hosts multiple ERC awardees. The University also has dedicated research administrative and technical offices to support its research activities.
The PAT4Nano activities will be undertaken in the Nanoscale Biophotonics Laboratory (NBL) which is a multi-disciplinary research group based in the School of Chemistry at NUIG . The NBL has two core research activities: process analytical technologies (spectroscopy and chemometrics) and fundamental fluorescence spectroscopy & microscopy (multi-dimensional measurements, single molecule studies, and fluorophore characterization). The NBL also engages heavily with the global pharmaceutical manufacturing community developing new and robust analytical methods for materials characterization. The NBL is a technology driven research group and has one of the best equipped spectroscopy laboratories in Europe which will be available for the project (www.nuigalway.ie/nanoscale/equipment.html). The group’s ethos in analytical methodology development is to use multi-modal measurements combined with rigorous multivariate data analysis to deliver accurate and robust techniques suitable for industrial use.
NUIG (via the Nanoscale Biophotonics Laboratory) will be the PAT4Nano coordinator and also heavily involved in the development of innovative measurement methods for particle sizing and chemical characterisation. NUIG is the work package leader for WP4, the multi-PAT activity where we will be looking to combine measurement methods to deliver the optimal industrial end-user solution.