Padrela Research Group

Nano(bio)pharmaceutical Process Development


Welcome to the Padrela Research Group

Luis is a Lecturer at the Department of Chemical Sciences at the University of Limerick (Ireland), Course Director in the BSc in Industrial Biochemistry programme and a Principle Investigator at the Bernal Institute. He is a Funded Investigator at SSPC (the SFI Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals), Principle Investigator at PMTC (Pharmaceutical Technology Centre) and has been awarded grants as PI/Co-PI from various funding agencies (EU H2020, Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland).

Luis studied Biochemistry at undergraduate level before obtaining his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Lisbon (Portugal). Following his PhD, Luis worked in the pharmaceutical industry for almost 2 years (Hovione FarmaCiência, Portugal) before joining SSPC in UL as a Postdoctoral Researcher and as a Senior Research Fellow later on. Luis worked in different institutions (academia and industry) and countries (Ireland, Portugal and Sweden) focusing his research on Particle Engineering Technologies, Continuous Nanocrystallization and (Bio)Pharmaceutical Processing.



Research Team

The Padrela research group currently consists of 2 post-doctoral researchers, 4 PhD students and 1 Masters student.



The most recent published research from the Padrela group.


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Opportunities for collaborations post-doctoral and PhD positions.

Recent Articles

Generation and Physicochemical Characterization of Posaconazole Cocrystals using Gas Antisolvent (GAS) and Supercritical Solvent (CSS) Methods
Pharmaceutical nanoparticle isolation using CO2-assisted dynamic bed coating
Cortisone and cortisol break hydrogen-bonding rules to make a drug–prodrug solid solution
Solubility and thermodynamic analysis of ketoprofen in organic solvents.

Group News

Congratulations to Dr. Luis Padrela to be awarded the Bernal Mid-Career Researcher of the Year for 2020 in the AStruM research day! This award recognised the funding that Luis has received, the academic outputs and the additions to his research group.

This award was presented virtually to Luis by the director of the Bernal institute, Prof. Luuk van der Wielen.