Dr Patricia Ennis

BA (Mod) Chemistry, PhD (University of Dublin TCD), Dip SHWW (UCD).


P: 353-1-402 4780    F: 353-1-402 4989     E: patricia.ennis@dit.ie


Studied chemistry at the University of Dublin, Trinity College and was awarded a PhD from TCD for work with Prof. John Kelly on the photochemistry of polymer bound ruthenium complexes in 1987.

In 1990, while on sabbatical from DIT, worked with the Environmental Engineering Unit of Unilever Research at Port Sunlight (UK) in the area of industrial/occupational hygiene on an EU COMMET sponsored scheme. Subsequently supervised postgraduate students on various occupational hygiene based projects. Building on this experience took a sabbatical in 2002/2003 and worked with the Health and Safety unit of the Irish Business and Employers¿ Confederation (IBEC) and with the Irish Pharmaceutical and Chemical Federation (IPCMF) specifically in the area of chemical safety. Currently works as a consultant with the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland in the Hazardous Substances Assessment Unit.

Academic Interests:

Lecturer in Inorganic/ Organometallic Chemistry to Degree and Diploma level in the School of Chemistry in the Dublin Institute of Technology at Kevin Street and is currently developing the area of Chemical Risk Management/Assessment in undergraduate courses.

Also teaches in the area of Chemical Health and Safety in DIT Kevin St. and offers a specialist module in Chemical Safety, Risk Assessment and Occupational Hygiene on the M.Sc in Environmental Health and Safety Management offered by DIT at Cathal Brugha Street. Introducing a WebCT version of a conjoint short course in (competency based learning) developed by Pharmachemical Ireland and the Health and Safety Authority and certified by the DIT.

Current interests:

Development of specific short courses tailored to industry needs in collaboration with industry, professional bodies and the regulatory authorities: e.g. Chemical Risk Management/Assessment(March 2003.Oct 2003) (IPCMF, HSA,DIT)
Risk Based Validation (Sept 2004) (RSC, ICI, SCI, DIT, Aker Kvaerner).

Professional Interests:

Secretary of the local section of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) since 1999 and as chairman for the Committee for Local Sections sits on Council and the Professional Affairs and Membership Board (PMB) of the RSC in the UK. Member of the Applications Committee 2000 ¿ 2003. Actively involved in promoting chemistry through a series of events (Academic, Industrial, Career development, School, Science Week) sponsored by the RSC often in liaison with the Institute of Chemistry(ICI), the Society for Chemical Industry(SCI) and Pharmachemical Ireland (Formerly IPCMF). Member of the Physical Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy.