Dr Brian O'Rourke

MSc, PhD

Lecturer

Department of Science & Health, Carlow Campus

e: orourkeb@itcarlow.ie      t: 059 9173347

 
  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision
  • Engagement and Collaboration

Research Interests

  • Use of microemulsions and other novel delivery systems as replacements for organic solvents in industrial processes.
  • Pharmaceutical formulation/compounding.
  • Use of tensiography as qualitative and quantitative tool in laboratory analysis.

Publications

Other Research Outputs

Optical monitoring of proteins at solid surfaces, G. Dunne, L. McConnell, R. Miller, N.D. McMillan, B. O’Rourke and C.I. Mitchell, Proc. of SPIE Vol. 5824, p.199-204, 2005.

Optical studies into the SPLITS effect: New insights into controlling sampling errors in turbid solutions for analytical instruments, A.C. Bertho, D.D.G. McMillan, N.D. McMillan, S.R.P. Smith and B. O’Rourke, Proc. SPIE Vol. 5826, p. 99-109.

G. Dunne, L McDonnell, R. Miller, N.D. McMillan, B O Rourke and C.I. Mitchell, Optical monitoring of proteins at solid interfaces, , Opto Ireland 05

Tensiographic drop volume methods for characterising of alcohols and bifunctional liquids, D. Morrin, N.D. McMillan, K. Beverley, M. O’Neill, B. O’Rourke, G. Dunne, A. Augousti, J. Mason, F. Murtagh and M. Köküer, Proc. of SPIE Vol. 5826, p. 670-678, 2005.


Patents

Microemulsions: Application Number 8700174 (Belgium) (Bourke, O’Rourke & Singleton; 3 Feb., 1978)

Dispersible Emollient Gels: Application Number 8700824 (Belgium) (O’Rourke & Singleton; 24 July, 1987)

Perfuming Compositions: Application Number 92810733.3 (Switz.) (O’Rourke; 29 Sept., 1992)

Fragrance Formulations: Application Number 93810635.8 (Switz.) (O’Rourke, 22 Oct., 1993)

Research Supervision

Current Research Students
  • Stephanie Coakley; Title: Spectral and chemical properties of the invasive species Impatiens glandulifera. Relevance for its invasiveness and potential biocontrol strategy (Master)
  • Ankit Singh, Title:  Characterising lignocellulose degradation in mushroom substrate by Agaricus bisporus strains. (PhD)
Past Research Students
  • Denis Morrin: PhD (2010)
  • Anne-Charlotte Bertho:  Drop Spectroscopy, PhD (2012)

Engagement and Collaboration

 

Mann Engineering, Wexford

2011-12

Development of waste coolant treatment separation system

Premier International, Co. Cork

 

2003-11

Cosmetic product development.

BioOne, Dublin

 

 

2008

Emulsification and fat-consuming bacteria.

Bronze Culture, Carlow

 

 

2011-12

Cosmetic product development.

Greenstar, Bray, Co. Wicklow

 

 

2009

Treatment of domestic and building landfills

Glanbia/Westgate, Kilkenny

 

 

2007-08

Evaluation of a new natural preservative

Boozeberries (now Spirited Drinks Ltd., Co. Down)

 

2009

Shelf-life of (Dragon’s Den-publicised) alcoholic product