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amorphous solid dispersion, nanoparticle drug delivery systems, surface acoustic waves, supersonic spray drying, thermodynamic modelling, non-classic nucleation, neglected tropical diseases.

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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). 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). His PhD project was a collaborative programme with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca UK (funded by Royal Society) to establish a systematic approach for design and development of stable amorphous solid dispersion formulations. 

Dr Tian's research seeks to resolve several scientific problems of fundamental and economic significance that have strong pharmaceutical formulation design and process engineering aspects. They ranged from development of novel formulations (amorphous solid dispersion, nanoparticles) for continuous manufacturing, to the implementation of suitable analytical technologies and modelling. The current projects are mainly built upon previous experience with focuses shifting to thermodynamic modelling and nanotherapeutics. The interdisciplinary nature of the research requires both fundamental understanding of the underpinning principles and the development of process-embedded formulation innovations.


Contributed to teaching in both MPharm, BSc and China Queen's Colleges











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Projects 2017 2017

Research Output 2010 2019

Co-extruded Fixed Dose Combination Products with Enabled Properties for the Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases

Almajaan, A., Li, S., Gilvary, G. C., Senta Loys, Z., Tian, Y., Kelleher, J., Healy, A-M., Jones, D. & Andrews, G., 03 Apr 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
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Cardiovascular Diseases

Metformin Hydrochloride and Sitagliptin Phosphate Fixed Dose Combination Product Prepared Using Melt Granulation Continuous Processing Technology

Kelleher, J., Madi, A., Gilvary, G. C., Tian, J., Li, S., Almajaan, A., Senta Loys, Z., Jones, D., Andrews, G. & Healy, A. M., 12 Dec 2019, In : AAPS PharmSciTech. 21, 1, 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Dosage Forms

Solvent and water free lipid-based nanoparticles and their methods of manufacture

Andrews, G., Jones, D. & Tian, Y., Jan 2019, Patent No. United Kingdom 1900389.6

Research output: Patent

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Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship

Justin Tian (Recipient), 01 Mar 2019

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Drug Delivery Systems

Activities 2012 2019

Enterprise Fellowship

Justin Tian (Interviewee)
16 Jan 2019

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Reverse pitching 2019

Justin Tian (Participant)
09 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub Training

Justin Tian (Participant)
02 Jul 201904 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

COMMAND nanotechnology - nanomedicine made easy

Justin Tian (Invited speaker)
22 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Royal academy of engineering Enterprise Hub Training

Justin Tian (Participant)
04 Jun 201906 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course