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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. Tian, BEng (Honour), MSc, PhD, is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Pharmaceutical Engineering at Queen's University Belfast and a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow (2019/20). He has completed his bachelor's in Macromolecular Materials and Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology, MSc in Process Engineering, and PhD in Pharmaceutics. 

Dr Tian is leading a global partnership and collaboration to tackle essential antifungal nanomedicine shortages through advanced process engineering. He has secured external funding of >£900,000 as Principal Investigator and >£500,000 as Co-Investigator from highly competitive sources, i.e., UKRI, leading charities, and Innovate UK (2023). The Medical Research Council (MRC) has awarded the current collaborative project to develop transformational advanced manufacturing technology for sustainable production and supply of antifungal nanomedicines (EnLAmB project, 2023-2025, PI, MR/X014010/1).

His established research and innovation networks include:

The Centre for Infectious Disease (University of Liverpool); A Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases/GCRF (University of Durham); The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; The Institute of Infection Diseases and Immunity (St George's Hospital); EPSRC Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering (UCL); Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (Botswana); Drug for Neglected Diseases Initiatives (DNDi)

Dr Tian's 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



I have been coordiating and contributed to teaching in both MPharm, BSc and China Queen's Colleges covering areas including:

Pharmaceutical materials and science, pharmaceutical technology, advanced drug delivery, regulatory, process analysis technology and predictive modelling and automation in pharmaceutics.


As an awardee of the RAEng Enterprise Fellowship and member of RAEng Innovation Hub London, Dr Tian is frequently involved in networking and showcase events, participating in conversations to shape the RAEng investment policies. He is also invited to be in several start-up competitions in a mentoring capacity, such as the RAEng Global Grant Challenge Summit 2019, guiding their start-up ideas.

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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