Starship Enterprise

All-Ireland winner snaps up SFI research photopraphy competition prize

Pictured: Starship Enterprise by Anthony Maher, winner of the 2014 Science Foundation Ireland Research Image of the Year competition

4 November 2014

Dr Anthony Maher, former researcher at the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) in University of Limerick, and member of Kerry’s Senior Football All Ireland winning team, has been named as the winner of Science Foundation Ireland’s Research Image of the Year competition for his picture Starship Enterprise at the SFI Science Summit in Athlone.

Dr Maher’s winning entry in the competition, ‘Starship Enterprise’, is an Optical Micrograph image that shows a Form II piracetam crystal (rough, dissolving) undergoing a polymorphic transformation to a more stable Form III crystal (smooth, defined faces) in methanol at 25°C. The image will appear on the front of the 2014 SFI Annual Report.

The SFI Research Image competition celebrates images captured by SFI-funded researchers during the course of their research. Dr Maher, a Pfizer employee, was a researcher in the SSPC at University of Limerick from 2008 to 2012 and carried out his PhD work in the area of polymorphism in pharmaceutical compounds.

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