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Controlling the microstructure of fluid gels used in pharmaceutical and biomedical applications Development of oleogels for the delivery of poorly soluble drugs 3D printing bioactive wound healing dressings

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Prof Smith is a Professor of Biopolymer Science.  He graduated from Salford University (Biochemical Science) in 1997 before gaining his PhD from Cranfield University developing polysaccharide substitutes for gelatin in the production of pharmaceutical capsules under the supervision of Prof. Ed Morris. Following his PhD he worked for 2 years as a formulation scientist within the pharmaceutical industry before taking up a position as a polysaccharide chemist at Industrial Research Limited, Wellington, New Zealand. On his return to the UK he has worked as a research fellow at the University of Birmingham (School of Dentistry) and Aston University (School of Pharmacy) developing 3D cell scaffolds and polysaccharide based drug delivery systems. In 2008 he joined the tissue regeneration and interface laboratory within Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham where he continued to develop his research on biopolymers for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications before being appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutics at the University of Huddersfield in March 2011, promoted to Reader in 2016 and to Professor in 2018.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • 3D Suspended Manufacturing of Complex Tissues
  • Physiologically Responsive Biopolymers
  • Fluid Gels as Modified Release Drug Delivery Systems
  • Polysaccharide Extraction Characterisation and Application

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Research Expertise and Interests

  • Biopolymers
  • Rheology
  • Biomaterials
  • Polysaccharides
  • Drug delivery
  • Hydrogels

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Research Output

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Optimizing ophthalmic delivery of a poorly water soluble drug from an aqueous In situ gelling system

    Senjoti, F., Timmins, P., Conway, B. & Smith, A., 1 Sep 2020, In : European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics. 154, p. 1-7 7 p.

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  • Rheo-dissolution: A new platform for the simultaneous measurement of rheology and drug release

    Senjoti, F., Ghori, M. U., Diryak, R., Conway, B., Morris, G. & Smith, A., 1 Feb 2020, In : Carbohydrate Polymers. 229, 8 p., 115541.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    The use of visible and UV dissolution imaging for the assessment of propranolol hydrochloride in liquisolid compacts of Sesamum radiatum gum

    Ward, A., Walton, K., Stoycheva, S., Wallis, M., Adebisi, A., Nep, E., Ngwuluka, N., Shaboun, S., Smith, A., Conway, B. & Asare-Addo, K., 1 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology. 56, A, 8 p., 101511.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Achieving gastroresistance without coating: Formulation of capsule shells from enteric polymers

    Barbosa, J. A. C., Al-Kauraishi, M. M., Smith, A. M., Conway, B. R. & Merchant, H. A., 1 Nov 2019, In : European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics. 144, p. 174-179 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)


    External PhD Examiner

    Alan Smith (Examiner)

    3 Jul 2020

    Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

    Hydrocolloid science for nutrition and health – How to get the message out?

    Alan Smith (Participant)

    6 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    15th International Hydrocolloids Conference

    Alan Smith (Chair)

    5 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    3D printing complex biopolymer gel structures using suspended layer additive manufacturing (SLAM)

    Jessica Senior (Speaker), Megan E. Cooke (Speaker), Liam M. Grover (Speaker) & Alan Smith (Speaker)

    4 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    3D-Bioprinting of Multiphase Hydrogel Structures using Suspended Layer Additive Manufacturing (SLAM)

    Alan Smith (Keynote speaker)

    22 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk