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University of Limerick Student Receives BOC Gases Post Graduate Bursary

2010 BOC Gases Postgraduate Bursary
L-R: Dr Catherine Adley, Head of Department, Chemical & Environmental Sciences, University of Limerick, Mr Gerry Donovan, BOC Gases, presenting Ms. Aine Munroe, Postgraduate Student with the Department of Chemical and Environmental Sciences, University of Limerick with the 2010 BOC Gases Postgraduate Bursary Award, Mr. Jon O'Halloran, Project Manager, Solid State Pharmaceutical Cluster, University of Limerick.


The 2010 BOC Gases Postgraduate Bursary was presented recently to Aine Munroe at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Sciences at University of Limerick.

Aine, a native of Cong, Co. Mayo graduated with first class honours in Industrial Chemistry B.Sc. in 2006. Afterwards she received an IRCSET scholarship for postgraduate research under Professor Kieran Hodnett in the area of Pharmaceutical Crystallization.

Her research involves studying a pharmaceutical compound Sulphathiazole and its polymorphs. Many pharmaceutical drugs can form polymorphs. This happens when the molecules can combine in a number of different ways. These polymorphs can cause the drug to work differently in the body (bioavailability). The work as part of this Ph.D involves studying how these polymorphs transform.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony at the University of Limerick, Gerry Donovan, Business Director said: "We wish Aine success with her future career.  BOC Gases is well aware of the importance of research for the continuing development of the successful high technology companies, which are established in Ireland.  We are delighted to play our part in support of this vital activity".

BOC Gases is a member of the Linde Group. A global industrial gases provider, the company employs about 20,000 people and supplies compressed and bulk gases, chemicals and equipment. In fiscal 2005, BOC Gases achieved sales of approximately 5 billion.

For more than a century the company's gases and expertise have contributed to advances in many industries and aspects of everyday life, including steel-making, refining, chemical processing, environmental protection, wastewater treatment, welding and cutting, food processing and distribution, glass production, electronics and healthcare.

Further information, please see BOC Gases online at

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