Centre for Innovation in Process Engineering and Research (CIPER) Faculty of Engineering & Science

The Centre specialises on the design of novel manufacturing processes, engineering of drug delivery systems, fabrication of medical devices and bioprinting. The Centre has established a world-wide reputation through industrial collaborations (including Celgene, Pfizer, TEVA, GW Pharma, Johnson Matthey, Fuji Chemicals).

  • We design continuous pharmaceutical processes including hot melt extrusion, granulation. Continuous processing emphasises on the development of solid dispersions, cocrystals and salts.
  • Advance 3D printing technologies for the fabrication of transdermal microneedles and bioabsorbable drug eluting stents
  • Bioprinting of cell – laden structures for wound healing applications
  • We engineer active targeted nano drug delivery systems for cancer treatment using bioconjugated solid lipid or mesoporous silica nanoparticles
  • Areas of expertise included paediatric formulations, taste masked ODT dosage forms, controlled, sustained and immediate release (tablets, capsules, films)
  • We use advance characterisation techniques such as PAT tools (e.g. NIR probes), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, optical coherence technology, isothermal titration calorimetry, confocal Raman spectroscopy and micro-tomography.

Members of staff

  • Professor Dennis Douroumis (group leader)
  • Dr Joshua Boateng (group leader)
  • Dr Vivek Trivedi
  • Dr Steven Ross
  • Dr Atabak Ghanizadeh

Current projects

The IMODE project is motivated by a need to develop solutions for the current challenges related to healthcare, by developing novel improved medicines for various diseases which currently have inadequate or lack of treatment, while maintaining low medical costs.