Dr David Phelan

PhD

Assistant Lecturer in Chemistry

C327, Science Faculty, Carlow Campus

e: david.phelan@itcarlow.ie      t: 086 6041941

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6875-0156     LinkedIn

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

Research Interests

My PhD research focussed on the synthesis and characterisation of polymeric drug delivery devices. Where I developed novel hydrogel polymeric medical devices which could be used to prolong the drug release and enhance human health. During my postdoctoral research as a Cambridge funded Howard Fellow and Senior Scientist with the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG), I have published scientific papers on the stability of dietary supplements and on the ability of meso-zeaxanthin, an eye exclusive carotenoid to be accumulated in the organs of supplemented animals. My current research interests are focussed on the development of nutritionally supplemented foods and the controlled release of pharmaceuticals from polymeric medical devices.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Phelan D, Prado-Cabrero A, Nolan JM. Stability of Commercially Available Macular Carotenoid Supplements in Oil and Powder Formulations. Nutrients. 2017;9(10):1133. doi:10.3390/nu9101133.

Phelan D, Prado-Cabrero A, Nolan JM. Analysis of Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Meso-Zeaxanthin in the Organs of Carotenoid-Supplemented Chickens. Foods. 2018; 7(2):20 doi:10.3390/foods7020020

Conference Papers

Phelan, D., Fitzhenry, L., Coffey, A. and McLoughlin, P. “Development of Contact Lenses for Ocular Drug Delivery” Bioengineering Ireland, 2013

Phelan, D., Fitzhenry, L., Coffey, A. and McLoughlin, P. “Development of Contact Lenses for Ocular Drug Delivery” Eurotech 2013, Lyon, France, 2013

Phelan, D., Fitzhenry, L., Coffey, A. and McLoughlin, P. “Development of Contact Lenses for Ocular Drug Delivery” GSS-MIP, Belfast, 2013


 

Research Supervision

Current Research Students

Project title: Enhancing the bioavailability of macular carotenoids from supplement formulations. in collaboration with professor John Nolan and Dr Rachel Moran in the Waterford Institute of Technology. Project ongoing (Started in September 2017).

Engagement and Collaboration