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Dr Smith is a Reader in Biopolymer Materials.  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 Dr Smith 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 Dr. Smith 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 and then promoted to Reader in 2016.

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

Research Degree Supervision

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External positions

Visiting Lecturer , University of Birmingham

20 Jan 2011 → …


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

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Research Output 2006 2019

Xanthan gum
1 Citation (Scopus)

Structure and physicochemical properties of Ghanaian grewia gum

Kpodo, F. M., Agbenorhevi, J. K., Alba, J., Smith, A., Morris, G. & Kontogiorgos, V., 1 Feb 2019, In : International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. 122, p. 866-872 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Uronic Acids
Open Access
Contacts (fluid mechanics)
2 Citations (Scopus)

Evaluating the swelling, erosion, and compaction properties of cellulose ethers

Ghori, M. U., Grover, L. M., Asare-Addo, K., Smith, A. M. & Conway, B. R., 7 Feb 2018, In : Pharmaceutical Development and Technology. 23, 2, p. 183-197 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Particle Size
1 Citation (Scopus)
triphosphoric acid

Activities 2014 2014

  • 1 Oral presentation

Physicochemical Characterization of Polysaccharides Extracted from Sesame Leaves: a Potential Matrix for Sustained Release Tablets

Muhammad Ghori (Speaker), Barbara Conway (Speaker), Alan Smith (Speaker), Elijah I. Nep (Speaker), N.c. Ngwuluka (Speaker)
2 Nov 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation