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    Prof Nicholas Blagden

    Professor in Pharmaceutics

    School of Pharmacy
    College of Science

    About Nicholas Blagden

    Prof Nicholas Blagden holds the Chair in Pharmaceutics at the School of Pharmacy, University of Lincoln from December 2012.   He has a joint honours degree in chemistry and physics, (1984-1987), and a DPhil in chemical physics (1992) under the supervision of Professor Kenneth Seddon.  Prior taking up his current post Blagden was a Reader in Solid State Pharmaceutics at the Univeristy of Bradford (2001 to 2012), and has also worked as a Crystallisation Specialist for Avecia (2000-2001). He has undertaken postdoctoral work in crystal growth, crystal engineering and polymorphism at UMIST with Professor Roger Davey (1995-2000) and bio-mineralization with Professor Brigid Heywood (1993-1995).  Blagden has published two book chapters, over sixty papers, four reviews, holds two patents, and has given 42 invited lectures to both academic and industrial conferences.  He has chaired sessions at the 2003 congress of the International Union of Crystallography on “insitu monitoring of crystallization”, 2006 BCA spring meeting on “crystal engineering”, and 2008 BCA session on “x-ray diffraction studies of crystallisation.” Blagden has specialized in the relationship between molecular self-association observed in solution with the molecular assembly of the solid phase, and the impact this has on the physico-chemical or biophysical behaviour of materials. His research has contributed a number of notable first in the area of polymorph selection, pre-nucleation, co-crystals,  molecular solid nano particles, and. the manipulation of morphology using nucleation templates, Recent work has focused on the design and the crystal growth of co-crystals to improve a drugs bio availability. His early work on polymorphism has been recognized by the award of the British Association of Crystal Growth Young Scientist medal in 1997. He has served on the British Association of Crystal Growth Committee and was involved in Nano-factory within the Yorkshire region.

    Department Responsibilities

    Member Senior Management Team Pharmacy
    Director of Research Pharmacy
    Co-Chair Life Science-Pharmacy-Chemistry Research Committee
    REF submission working group Pharmacy Research Co-ordinator

    Subject Specialism

    Physical Pharmaceutics, Crystallisation and Crystal Engineering


    • HEA Fellow — HEA, 2007
    • DPhil — Sussex, 1992
    • BSc (hons) — Staffordshire, 1988
    • MRSC — Royal Society Chemistry, -198

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    • Lincoln Institue of Health
    • Drug Discovery and Development

    Research Projects

    • Salt formation of drugs — GSK
    • Micro Fluidics for crystal screening — Astra Zeneca
    • Peptide Complexes a combined synthesis and crystal engineering approach — UOL-RIF
    • API nano medicines using fluidics approach — UOL-RIF
    • Crystal Engineering for proton conduction — UOL

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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