Research Profile

Denis Ring


Dr. Denis Ring is a Lecturer in the Discipline of Process and Chemical Engineering at University College Cork (UCC). Denis has a Certificate in Applied Chemistry (1984) and a Diploma in Chemical Technology awarded by the Cork Institute of Technology.  He graduated with a first class honours BE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland in 2003.  Denis was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate  (Teaching & Learning in Higher Education) in 2007 and a Postgraduate Diploma (Teaching & Learning in Higher Education) in 2008. Denis  completed his Doctorate studies at UCC in 2016 under the supervision of Dr Jorge Oliveira , Process & Chemical Engineering UCC and  Dr. Abina Crean, School of Pharmacy, UCC . His PhD research titled the "Analysis and Modelling of the Influence of High Shear Wet Granulation Process Parameters on Critical Quality Attributes of an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Using a Robust Design of Experiments" involved utilising a combination of plant data,  experimentation and modelling to optimise a secondary pharmaceutical tabletting process. Denis continues his research activities, in the area of pharmaceutical production in the areas of :- Pharma 4.0, Process Optimisation, Powder Technology and Granulation. 

Denis is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), founding member of the All Ireland Member Group (~1,500 chemical engineering members), a long standing member of the IChemE Professional Formation Forum (PFF) stetting standard and assessing applicants for Chartered Engineer.

Denis is a member of Engineers Ireland (EI) & International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE)

Denis has qualifications at NFQ levels 6,7,8, 9 & 10 with a proven ability to engage positively with both students and industry.  

Research Interests

Research activities are in the area of pharmaceutical/bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing:-
Pharma 4.0 / Process design & optimisation / Powder technology / 

The influence of process parameters on a critical quality parameter (dissolution) for a modified released (MR) drug and covers number of areas: Industrial Data Analysis (Data Mining), Influence of Granulation Parameters, Effect of granule storage and finally investigates the role of the control release agent (HPMC).

Two-Phase Relief Sizing, Thermal Conductivity of Foods, Evaporation, and Fermentation.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate Teaching

PE1003 Introduction to Process & Chemical Engineering
PE2011 Process Plant Design &  Commissioning
PE3009 Pharmaceutical Engineering
PE3010 Work Placement Supervision
PE3013 Pharmaceutical Validation (Module Coordinator)
PE4001 Process Design and Feasibility Analysis
PE4005 Research Project Supervisor

Post Graduate Teaching

PE6010 Pharmaceutical Engineering
PE6024 Advanced Process Design & Safety

Continuing Professional Development

Director Certificate / Diploma Process & Chemical Engineering

PE2805 Plant Design
PE2810 Chemical Engineering Project 

Agri-Food Graduate Development Programme

FS6624 Industrial Scale Research & Development

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Room 312, 3rd floor, Food Science Building, University College Cork