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amorphous solid dispersion, nanoparticle drug delivery systems, thermodynamic modelling, non-classic nucleation, process intensification, inline process analysis technology, neglected tropical diseases.


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Research Statement

Dr. Justin YW Tian, BEng (Honour), MSc, PhD, is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Pharmaceutical Engineering Group, Queen’s University Belfast and Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow (2019/20). He has completed his bachelor degree in the area of Macromolecular Materials and Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology (2006), MSc in Process Engineering (2008) and PhD in Drug Delivery (2012). 

Dr Tian’s research seeks to resolve several scientific problems of fundamental and economic significance that emphasise the design and engineering aspects of pharmaceuticals. They ranged from developing intelligent analytics and models to unravel the mechanisms of drug absorption to advanced engineering technologies for producing nanomedicines. More importantly, Dr Tian has attracted over £1M in competitive funding from the Medical Research Council, Royal Academy of Engineering, InnovateUK, and InvestNI to drive the clinical translation of a continuous, flexible and green manufacturing technology for global access to affordable antifungal medicines. 

My group is looking for talented student/PDRA in the following areas:

1. High throughput screening and digital design of nanocarriers

2. Microrheology modelling for extracellular matrices

3. Metastable systems in drug delivery


Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow



Contributed to teaching in both MPharm, BSc and China Queen's Colleges covering areas including:

pharmaceutical technology, advanced drug delivery, regulatory, process analysis technology and predictive modelling.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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