Lab of the Month: February 2018

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University of East Anglia - School of Pharmacy 

 Dr Sheng Qi and Dr Muqdad Alhijjaj with their Linkam system. 

Dr Sheng Qi and Dr Muqdad Alhijjaj with their Linkam system. 

Dr Sheng Qi is a reader in Pharmaceutics at the University of East Anglia, having joined in 2007. Her group having been working closely with leading pharmaceutical and excipient companies to further research on pharmaceutical processing and formulation development. 

Their current research interests include formulation development manufactured via hot melt extrusion/injection moulding, FDM 3D printing, electrohydrodynamic processes, drug-polymer/lipid miscibility and solubility and polymer facilitated drug solubilisation in biological fluids to name a few. 

Dr Qi and Dr Alhijjaj are using the Linkam MDS600 alongside TASC (Thermal Analysis by Structural Characterisation) as a rapid screening method for drug-polymer miscibility for formulation development. They also used TASC to look at the maximum percentage of drug that could be solubilised within particular polymers. Their results allowed them to select for the most suitable polymeric candidates for formulations. Their methodology has so far proved to be comparable and faster than current screening protocols.