Dr. Brian Freeland is an Assistant Professor in the School of Biotechnology in DCU and the Programme Chair of the Masters in Bioprocess Engineering. Brian graduated from DCU in 2005 with a degree in Mechatronic Engineering, completing his masters in Mechanical and Process Engineering in 2009 and his PhD in 2020. His PhD work focused on applying process control and optimisation to the field of nanomaterials. Brian is the Industry Liaison for the School of Biotechnology, and head of Microbial Bioprocessing Research Laboratory in the Microbial Bioprocessing Facility (MBF). Brian has over 15-year’s experience working in Industry and Academia in the fields of advanced microbial bioprocessing, sensor design and automation. He is currently supervisor of 2 PhD students and was the 2020 winner of the Faculty of Science Richard O’Kennedy Award for Emerging Talent (early-career stage).
Brian’s main research interests include the application of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) tools to understand and control complex systems including microbial Bioprocesses & nanomaterials production. His current research focus surrounds working with the dairy industry, creating functional foods, and the Brewing and Distilling industries to achieve higher production yields via advanced bioprocess control.