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Jonathan Burley

Assistant Professor in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, Faculty of Science

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Biography

In 1998 I gained a MChem (First Class Honours) in Chemistry at New College, Oxford, and remained there to complete a DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry in 2001, under the supervision of Prof Peter Battle. I then spent two years working as a post-doc in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, USA, in the laboratory of Dr John F Mitchell. I returned to the UK in 2003 to take up a Junior Research Fellowship at Jesus College, Cambridge, where I ran an independent research program in the Inorganic Chemistry sector. I moved to the Leicester School of Pharmacy at De Montfort University in 2006, as a lecturer in pharmaceutical technologies. In 2007 I was appointed to a lectureship in pharmaceutical nanotechnology here in the School of Pharmacy at Nottingham.

Research Summary

My research interests focus on measuring and understanding change in pharmaceutical materials. This includes changes that occur with time, temperature, position in sample, addition of solvent, etc.… read more

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Current Research

My research interests focus on measuring and understanding change in pharmaceutical materials. This includes changes that occur with time, temperature, position in sample, addition of solvent, etc. Phenomena of interest include crystallisation, polymorphism, hydration, dehydration, mapping of components in tablets and other drug delivery vehicles, formation of salts and co-crystals, etc.

A number of experimental techniques are employed, including Raman spectroscopy/microscopy, infra-red spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (powder and single crystal), thermal methods etc. Experimental data are often complex (multi-variate) and are interpreted with appropriate statistical methods including Principal Component Analysis.

Current projects include investigations of:

  • transitions from one solid form to another (polymorphism) on heating, important for formulating medicines
  • rapid spatial mapping of tablets and complex drug delivery vehicles, for quality control of medicines and understanding controlled release
  • new spectroscopic methods including Transmission Raman Spectroscopy, various new applications in pharmacy
  • formation and stabilisation of amorphous materials, to produce new highly soluble medicines

Biography

  • 2007-present Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, University of Nottingham
  • 2006-2007 Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Technology, De Montfort University, Leicester
  • 2006-2003 Junior Research Fellow, Jesus College and Chemistry Department, University of Cambridge
  • 2003-2001 Post-doctoral researcher, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • 2001-1998 DPhil, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford
  • 1998-1994 MChem, University of Oxford

Memberships of Committees & Professional Bodies

  • Member, Royal Society of Chemistry

Teaching

  • B31C07: Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Laboratory studies in Pharmaceutics

School of Pharmacy

University of Nottingham
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