Martin Snowden

Professor Martin Snowden BSc, MSc, PhD, CSi, CChem, FRSC, PFHEA

Martin Snowden

Professor Martin J Snowden
BSc, MSc, PhD, CSi, CChem, FRSC, PFHEA

Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering & Science; Professor in Colloid and Polymer Science

Faculty of Engineering and Science

Professor Martin Snowden has a background as a physical chemist with an international research profile in the area of colloid and polymer science as it relates to pre-formulation and formulation science. He has published over 120 original published works, including a number of invited papers and reviews and has a h-index of 38. Professor Snowden is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Professor Snowden also has very strong links with companies including Pfizer, Glaxo Smith Kline and BP, which have led to research sponsorship of in excess of £4 million supporting 25 post-doctoral researchers and 15 PhDs during his time at the University of Greenwich. Professor Snowden has served two terms as an editorial board member of the ACS journal, Langmuir, and is a past member of the EPSRC peer review college.

After gaining his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Salford, he became a BP post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Bristol. Here he undertook a project with Professor Vincent on the preparation and properties of colloidal microgels, successfully translating technology from the university into BP Sunbury which, in turn, led to the filing of several patents and a number of publications in the area of tertiary oil recovery.

In 1993 Professor Snowden joined the University of Greenwich as a lecturer in physical chemistry, progressing to senior lecturer, Head of Department, appointed reader, and appointed professor in colloid and polymer science by 2003. He took up the post of Dean of the School of Science in September 2008 after a three year position as director of research and enterprise and became Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Engineering and Science in 2012. Professor Snowden took on the additional responsibility of PVC International as a cross University role in 2014.

Professor Snowden was the chair of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Science of the United Kingdom (2010-2012) and is a past member of the board of governors of the University of Greenwich.

Professional development

Professor Snowden has attended the Leadership Foundation Programmes in Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership and Senior Strategic Leadership as well as attending a Leadership Foundation Programme for members of University Court.

Professor Martin Snowden is Pro Vice-Chancellor International at the University of Greenwich and Head of the Faculty of Engineering and Science. He provides a strategic lead for all of the International work of the University including its very successful Trans National Education provision. Professor Snowden also provides the leadership and strategic development of 4 major academic disciplines including Engineering, Pharmacy, Science and the Natural Resources Institute. He leads a team of 200 academic staff, providing a first class student experience to over 3000 students.

Achievements include:-

Successfully led the University's international work and strategy, enhancing the quality of transnational education programmes and international collaborations. 

  • Gained a Quality Assurance Agency (HER) clean bill of health and successful outcome in 2015 
  • Won a Times Higher Award for Best International Collaboration in 2014
  • Shortlisted for Outstanding International Strategy Award, Times Higher Education Awards 2016

Designed and implemented a 5 year Faculty improvement plan which:

  • Raised faculty income and attracted higher caliber candidates by applying innovative changes to course programmes
  • Raised published output and grant applications by releasing teaching time by 50% whilst raising academic standards. Won the Guardian "Research Impact" award in 2015 and supported a faculty outreach programme which won a Queen's Anniversary prize in 2017

Increased overall student satisfaction levels in 4 out 5 departments in the National Student Survey by: 

  • Utilising leading edge technology in teaching methods
  • Implementing 4 year professionally accredited Master degrees
  • Gaining the support of industry experts to Faculty advisory boards, ensuring highly relevant academic content, research funding and student work placements

Professional qualification/affiliations

  • 2018: Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2004: Chartered Scientist (CSi)
  • 2001: Chartered Chemist (CChem) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
  • 1989: Chartered Chemist (CChem) and Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
  • 1987: Graduate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Professional body activities

Professor Snowden is the past chair of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the United Kingdom, the professional body for pharmaceutical sciences in the UK. (2010 -12). In this role he was very actively involved in promoting the pharmaceutical sciences through seminars, conferences, membership services and a range of professional activities.

Professor Snowden was session chair at the British Pharmaceutical National meetings in Manchester in 2007 and 2008 and in Nottingham 2010, 2011 and 2012. He has also been chair of the Kent local section of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is a former member of council of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Editorial work

Professor Snowden has served two terms as editorial board member of the ACS journal, Langmuir, and is a member of the EPSRC peer review college.

Professor Snowden is a current member of the editorial board of the Journal of Hydrogels (http://aspbs.com/jh/editorial_jh.htm).

Professor Snowden is also a co-editor of a major book series by John Wiley on advances in pharmaceutical technology.

Professor Snowden's research areas focus on colloid and polymer science. Research projects include studies on colloid stability, especially around depletion flocculation (the destabilisation of colloidal systems by non-absorbing polymers). Investigations around the preparation, properties and applications of smart polymers have resulted in over 50 publications and is an on-going area of research.

Recent collaborations include BP and GlaxoSmithKline consumer health. Research sponsorship of in excess of £4 million has been won supporting 25 post-doctoral researchers and over 20 successful PhDs during his time at the University of Greenwich.

Funded research projects

Post-doctoral project with BP Exploration

The use of smart polymers for the enhanced recovery of oil. The project was of four years duration 2009-13. The project was concerned with the synthesis and characterisation of a number of different types of smart polymeric microgels. These microgel particles were tested under laboratory conditions with respect to their suitability for use in enhanced oil recovery.

Post-doctoral project with GSK

The project was concerned with the development of smart polymers for the treatment of dental hypersensitivity (2007-11). The project involved the design and preparation of a range of new particles for incorporation into a dental formulation. The following patent was produced from the work: 'An oral care composition for the treatment of dentine hypersensitivity comprising responsive or non-responsive microgel particles'

M Edwards, L Gracia, N Majcen, M Snowden

WO Patent 2,011,009,867, 2011

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