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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 2018

Contacts (fluid mechanics)
Particle Size
Specific Gravity

Hydro-Alcoholic Media Effects on Theophylline Release from Sesamum Polysaccharide Gum Matrices

Nep, E. I., Mahdi, M., Adebisi, A., Ngwuluka, N. C., Conway, B., Smith, A. & Asare-Addo, K. 2018 In : Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy. 44, 2, p. 251-260 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citations
Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
1 Citations

Structuring of Hydrogels across Multiple Length Scales for Biomedical Applications

Cooke, M. E., Jones, S. W., ter Horst, B., Moiemen, N., Snow, M., Chouhan, G., Hill, L. J., Esmaeli, M., Moakes, R. J. A., Holton, J., Nandra, R., Williams, R. L., Smith, A. M. & Grover, L. M. 5 Apr 2018 In : Advanced Materials. 30, 14, 15 p., 1705013

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Physical properties

Activities 2014 2014

  • 1 Oral presentation

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

Ghori, M. (Speaker), Conway, B. (Speaker), Smith, A. (Speaker), Elijah I. Nep (Speaker), N.c. Ngwuluka (Speaker)
2 Nov 2014

Activity: Oral presentation