Assist. Prof

Primary Department
School of Biotechnology
Academic Staff
Brian Freeland
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

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Dr. Brian Freeland completed his degree in Mechatronic Engineering in 2005, MSc in Mechanical with Bioprocessing Engineering in 2009 and PhD in 2020. His PhD work surrounds process control and optimisation in the field of nanomaterials. He has worked applying Process Analytical Tools for several years to control and optimise Bioprocesses. He has several years’ experience working as an automation engineer in the biopharmaceutical and aerospace sensor industries.

He received a post of Lecturer of Bioprocess Engineering in the School of Biotechnology in 2015 and Assistant Professor of 
Bioprocess Engineering in 2020. He is Co-Lead in the Grain-4-Lab project and a principle investigator in the Advanced Processing Technology Research Centre at DCU. Currently, his main research interests are bioprocess development,  PAT, bioprocess control, automation and biomaterials. 

Research interests

Applying Process Analytical Technology (PAT) tools to understand and control complex systems including Bioprocessing & nano fabrication. Using On-line spectroscopy, Biocalorimetry, Gas Analysis, soft-sensors & ANN.

Nanotechnology: Fabrication of Nanoparticles via Pulsed Laser Ablation in Liquids (PLAL).

Control and optimisation of high cell density microbial bioprocesses.

Industrial automation, Beckhoff Automation, LabView & laser machining.