Name: Luis Padrela
B.Sc Biochemistry, Faculty of Sciences University of Lisbon, 2006
Research Fellow, Instituto Superior Técnico, 2006-2008
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, 2012
Process Development Scientist, Hovione FarmaCiência SA, 2012-2013
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Limerick, Present
My research has been focusing on the development of amorphous and novel crystalline forms of APIs (e.g. polymorphs, cocrystals) for improving physical and biopharmaceutical properties of pharmaceutical solids.
I have been also interested in the micronization and microencapsulation of APIs using several processes such as milling, high pressure homogenization, spray drying and supercritical fluids.
SEM images: (a) theophylline and (b) theophylline-saccharin cocrystals encapsulated in hydrogenated palm oil microcomposites.