Martin Snowden

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

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

Key details

Professor Martin J Snowden

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


Professor Martin Snowden is a member of the Vice-Chancellor's Executive Group at the University of Greenwich. Martin provides overall leadership and strategic development to four major academic disciplines including Engineering, Pharmacy, Science and the Natural Resources Institute. He leads a team of over 200 academic staff, providing a first class student experience to over 2500 on-campus students. Martin plays a leading role in representing the University in the London and South East of England region building key strategic links and partnerships. He also contributes to cross-University work on Teaching and Learning, Martin chairs the University Student experience committee and has provided long term leadership to the University's large and successful Transnational Education (TNE) programme.

Responsibilities within the university

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

Recognition

Professional qualification/affiliations

  • 2019: Eminent Fellow of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • 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.

Research / Scholarly interests

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.

His research areas include studies on:

  • colloid stability, especially around depletion flocculation (the destabilisation of colloidal systems by non-absorbing polymers)
  • the preparation, properties and applications of smart polymers
  • the preparation and characterisation of a wide of formulated systems, from advanced drug delivery systems to foodstuffs.

Professor Snowden 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.

Key funded 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

Recent publications

Article

Arribas Lopez, Elena , Zand, Nazanin, Ojo, Omorogieva, Snowden, Martin , Kochhar, Tony (2021), The effect of amino acids on wound healing: a systematic review and meta-analysis on arginine and glutamine. MDPI AG (Basel, Switzerland). In: , , , . MDPI AG (Basel, Switzerland), Nutrients, 13: 2498 (8) ISSN: 2072-6643 (Print), 2072-6643 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13082498).

Loughrill, Emma , Thompson, Sharon, Owusu-Ware, Samuel K., Snowden, Martin J. , Douroumis, Dennis , Zand Fard, Nazanin (2019), Controlled release of microencapsulated docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) by spray–drying processing. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Food Chemistry, 286 . pp. 368-375 ISSN: 0308-8146 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2019.01.121).

Shokry, Dina S. , Waters, Laura J., Parkes, Gareth M.B., Mitchell, John C. , Snowden, Martin J. (2018), Formation of a bile salt-drug hydrogel to predict human intestinal absorption. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 108 (1) . pp. 279-287 ISSN: 0022-3549 (Print), 1520-6017 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xphs.2018.10.005).

Majcen, Natasa , Mohsen, Reham, Snowden, Martin J., Mitchell, John C. , Voncina, Bojana (2018), The development of a novel smart material based on colloidal microgels and cotton. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 256 . pp. 193-202 ISSN: 0001-8686 (Print), 1095-7103 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cis.2018.04.005).

Hooper, D. , Clarke, F. C., Docherty, R., Mitchell, J. C. , Snowden, M. J. (2017), Effects of crystal habit on the sticking propensity of ibuprofen — A case study. Elsevier B.V.. In: , , , . Elsevier B.V., International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 531 (1) . pp. 266-275 ISSN: 0378-5173 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2017.08.091).

Maniruzzaman, Mohammed , Ross, Steven A., Dey, Tumpa, Nair, Arun , Snowden, Martin J. , Douroumis, Dennis (2017), A quality by design (QbD) twin–screw extrusion wet granulation approach for processing water insoluble drugs. Elsevier B.V.. In: , , , . Elsevier B.V., International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 526 (1-2) . pp. 496-505 ISSN: 0378-5173 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2017.05.020) NB Item availability restricted.

Snowden, Martin J. and , (2016), Colloidal microgels - untapped potential?. OMICS Publishing Group. In: , , , . OMICS Publishing Group, Journal of Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology, 7 (4) . pp. 1-2 2157-7439 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2157-7439.1000e142).

Hooper, D. , Clarke, F.C., Mitchell, J.C., Snowden, M.J. (2016), A modern approach to the Heckel Equation: The effect of compaction pressure on the yield pressure of ibuprofen and its sodium salt. OMICS International. In: , , , . OMICS International, Journal of Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology, 7 (381) . pp. 2 2157-7439 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2157-7439.1000381).

Rudrangi, Shashi Ravi Suman , Kaialy, Waseem, Ghori, Muhammad U., Trivedi, Vivek , Alexander, Bruce David , Snowden, Martin J. (2016), Solid-state flurbiprofen and methyl-β-cyclodextrin inclusion complexes prepared using a single-step, organic solvent-free supercritical fluid process. Elsevier B.V.. In: , , , . Elsevier B.V., European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, 104 . pp. 164-170 ISSN: 0939-6411 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpb.2016.04.024) NB Item availability restricted.

Mohsen, R. , Alexander, B. D., Richardson, S. C. W., Mitchell, J. C. , Diab, A. A. , Snowden, M. J. (2016), Design, synthesis, characterization and toxicity studies of Poly (N-Iso-Propylacrylamide-co-Lucifer Yellow) particles for drug delivery applications. OMICS International. In: , , , . OMICS International, Journal of Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology, 7: 1000363 (2) . pp. 363-372 ISSN: 2157-7439 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2157-7439.1000363).

Ehiwe, Tracy O. , Alexander, Bruce D, Mitchell, John C., Snowden, Martin J. , Waters, Laura J. (2016), Monitoring real time polymorphic transformation of sulfanilamide by diffuse reflectance visible spectroscopy. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis, 6 (3) ISSN: 2095-1779 (Print), 2214-0883 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpha.2015.12.002).

Maniruzzaman, Mohammed , Snowden, Martin, Bradley, Michael, Douroumis, Dionysios (2015), Correction: Studies of intermolecular interactions in solid dispersions using advanced surface chemical analysis. Royal Society of Chemistry. In: , , , . Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC Advances, 5 (103) . pp. 84936-84936 2046-2069 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5ra90091c).

Maniruzzaman, M. , Nair, A., Scoutaris, N., Bradley, Michael S.A. , Snowden, M.J. , Douroumis, D. (2015), One-step continuous extrusion process for the manufacturing of solid dispersions. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, International Journal of Pharmaceutics Special Issue on "Continuous Manufacturing and Process Analytical Tools”, 496 (1) . pp. 42-51 ISSN: 0378-5173 (Print), 1873-3476 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2015.09.048).

Maniruzzaman, Mohammed , Nair, Arun, Renault, Maxcene, Nandi, Uttom , Scoutaris, Nicholaos , Farnish, Richard , Bradley, Mike , Snowden, Martin J. , Douroumis, Dennis (2015), Continuous twin-screw granulation for enhancing the dissolution of poorly water soluble drug. Elsevier B.V.. In: , , , . Elsevier B.V., International Journal of Pharmaceutics Special Issue on "Continuous Manufacturing and Process Analytical Tools”, 496 (1) ISSN: 0378-5173 (Print), 1873-3476 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2015.09.025).

Islam, Muhammad T. , Scoutaris, Nikolaos, Maniruzzaman, Mohammed, Moradiya, Hiren G. , Halsey, Sheelagh , Bradley, Michael , Chowdhry, Babur , Snowden, Martin , Douroumis, Dennis (2015), Implementation of transmission NIR as a PAT tool for monitoring drug transformation during HME processing. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, 96 . pp. 106-116 ISSN: 0939-6411 (Print), 1873-3441 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpb.2015.06.021).

Scoutaris, Nikolaos , Snowden, Martin, Douroumis, Dennis (2015), Taste masked thin films printed by jet dispensing. Elsevier B.V.. In: , , , . Elsevier B.V., International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 494 (2) . pp. 619-622 ISSN: 0378-5173 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2015.05.018) NB Item availability restricted.

Zand Fard, Nazanin , Chowdhry, Babur, Pollard, Lucy, Pullen, Francis , Snowden, Martin , Zotor, Francis (2015), Commercial ‘ready-to-feed’ infant foods in the UK: macro-nutrient content and composition. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.. In: , , , . Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Maternal & Child Nutrition, 11 (2) . pp. 202-214 ISSN: 1740-8695 (Print), 1740-8709 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1740-8709.2012.00445.x) NB Item availability restricted.

Maniruzzaman, Mohammed , Snowden, Martin, Bradley, Michael, Douroumis, Dionysios (2015), Studies of intermolecular interactions in solid dispersions using advanced surface chemical analysis. Royal Society of Chemistry. In: , , , . Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC Advances: An international journal to further the chemical sciences, 5 (91) . pp. 74212-74219 2046-2069 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C5RA13176F).

Vithani, K. , Cuppok, Y., Mostafa, S., Slipper, I. J. , Snowden, M. J. , Douroumis, D. (2014), Diclofenac sodium sustained release hot melt extruded lipid matrices. Informa Plc. In: , , , . Informa Plc, Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, 19 (5) . pp. 531-538 ISSN: 1083-7450 (Print), 1097-9867 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/10837450.2013.805775).

Bhomia, Ruchir , Trivedi, Vivek, Mitchell, John, Coleman, Nichola , Snowden, Martin (2014), Effect of pressure on the melting point of pluronics in pressurized carbon dioxide. American Chemical Society. In: , , , . American Chemical Society, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53 (26) . pp. 10820-10825 ISSN: 0888-5885 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ie501344m).

Maniruzzaman, Mohammed , Islam, Muhammad T., Moradiya, Hiren G., Halsey, Sheelagh A. , Slipper, Ian J. , Chowdhry, Babur Z. , Snowden, Martin J. , Douroumis, Dennis (2014), Prediction of polymorphic transformations of paracetamol in solid dispersions. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. In: , , , . John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 103 (6) . pp. 1819-1828 ISSN: 0022-3549 (Print), 1520-6017 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jps.23992) NB Item availability restricted.

Mohsen, Reham , Thorne, Joanna B., Alexander, Bruce D., Snowden, Martin J. (2014), Deposition of fluorescent NIPAM-based nanoparticles on solid surfaces: quantitative analysis and the factors affecting it. Elsevier B.V.. In: , , , . Elsevier B.V., Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 457 . pp. 107-115 ISSN: 0927-7757 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2014.05.050).

Moradiya, Hiren G. , Islam, Muhammad T., Halsey, Sheelagh, Maniruzzaman, Mohammed , Chowdhry, Babur Z. , Snowden, Martin J. , Douroumis, D. (2014), Continuous cocrystallisation of carbamazepine and trans-cinnamic acid via melt extrusion processing. Royal Society of Chemistry. In: , , , . Royal Society of Chemistry, CrystEngComm, 16 (17) . pp. 3573-3583 ISSN: 1466-8033 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c3ce42457j).

Moradiya, Hiren , Islam, Muhammad T., Woollam, Grahame R., Slipper, Ian J. , Halsey, Sheelagh , Snowden, Martin J. , Douroumis, D. (2013), Continuous cocrystallization for dissolution rate optimization of a poorly water-soluble drug. American Chemical Society. In: , , , . American Chemical Society, Crystal Growth & Design, 14 (1) . pp. 189-198 ISSN: 1528-7483 (Print), 1528-7505 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cg401375a).

Maniruzzaman, Mohammed , Bonnefille, Marion, Aranyos, Attila, Snowden, Martin J. , Douroumis, Dennis (2013), An in-vivo and in-vitro taste masking evaluation of bitter melt-extruded drugs. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. In: , , , . John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 66 (2) . pp. 323-337 ISSN: 0022-3573 (Print), 2042-7158 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jphp.12169).

Maniruzzaman, Mohammed , Boateng, Joshua, Chowdhry, Babur, Snowden, Martin , Douroumis, Dennis (2013), A review on the taste masking of bitter APIs: Hot-melt extrusion (HME) evaluation. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy, 40 (2) . pp. 145-156 ISSN: 0363-9045 (Print), 1520-5762 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/03639045.2013.804833).

Trivedi, Vivek , Bhomia, Ruchir, Mitchell, John C., Coleman, Nichola J. , Douroumis, Dennis , Snowden, Martin J. (2013), Study of the effect of pressure on melting behavior of saturated fatty acids in liquid or supercritical carbon dioxide. American Chemical Society. In: , , , . American Chemical Society, Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 58 (6) . pp. 1861-1866 ISSN: 0021-9568 (Print), 1520-5134 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/je400260c).

Mohsen, Reham , Vine, George J., Majcen, Natasa, Alexander, Bruce D, , Snowden, Martin J. (2013), Characterization of thermo and pH responsive NIPAM based microgels and their membrane blocking potential. Elsevier B.V.. In: , , , . Elsevier B.V., Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 428 . pp. 53-59 ISSN: 0927-7757 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2013.03.031).

Edited book

Douroumis, Dionysios , Fahr, A., Siepmann, J., Snowden, Martin (2015), Computational pharmaceutics: application of molecular modeling in drug delivery. Wiley-Blackwell. In: , , , . Wiley-Blackwell, Computational Pharmaceutics: Application of Molecular Modeling in Drug Delivery (1st) . ISBN: 9781118573990 (doi: ).