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Dr Lennon is a lecturer in organic chemistry with research interests in stereoselective organic synthesis using green and sustainable methods. She joined WIT in 2006 and is a programme leader of the BSc(Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science. She lectures in organic chemistry, biocatalysis and advanced spectroscopic characterisation at both undergraduate and postgraduate level with a strong focus on embedding research into her teaching and the undergraduate curriculum. She has organised seminars and information events for students, along with undergraduate conference events as part of the SURE Network.

Dr Lennon graduated from University of Limerick, with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry and completed  PhD studies at University College Dublin in Organic Chemistry, specialising in the area of stereoselective organic synthesis.  Following her PhD she joined University of Edinburgh as a post-doctoral researcher in supramolecular chemistry and worked as a Development Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Dr Lennon is a founding member of the PMBRC and to date has graduated 3 PhD students, with 5 research students currently under her supervision. Current research projects span biocatalysis, continuous processing, cascade reactions and novel anti-microbial development

Research Interests

Dr Lennon research interests lie in synthetic organic chemistry with the aim of designing novel green and sustainable regio- and stereoselective processes of pharmaceutical relevance.  More specifically areas of interest include the development of novel organocatalysts based on molecular recognition motifs, biotransformations using hydrolase enzymes and flow chemistry. She also has an interest in NMR spectroscopy and its applications. She is a member of the PMBRC (Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Group) at WIT.

Teaching

Dr Lennon lectures in organic chemistry, biocatalysis and advanced spectroscopic characterisation at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is programme leader for the BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science Year 4 and has also acted as External Examiner for programmes outside of WIT. She is a committee member of the Science Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Network which aims to enhace practise in undegraduate research, embedding this at both early and late years of the curriculum, and was Co-Chair of the National SURE conference organising committee in 2021 and 2022. She was a member of the SURE Covid-19 rapid response curriculum committee in 2020-2021. Dr Lennon was the recipient of the WIT 2021 Teaching Excellence Award and received a National Forum Digital Badge in Universal Design for Teaching & Learning in 2022.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma, University College Cork

Sep 2005Jun 2006

PhD, University College Dublin

Sep 1998Jun 2002

Bachelors Degree, University of Limerick

Sep 1994Jun 1998

External positions

Development Chemist, Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals

20042006

Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Edinburgh

20022003

Keywords

  • QD Chemistry
  • Organocatalysis
  • Biocatalysis
  • Anti-microbial
  • NMR
  • Enzyme
  • Green Chemistry
  • Sustainable Chemisty
  • Solvents
  • Flow Chemistry
  • Lipase

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