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Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation (CMAC) and associated 45 PhD Doctoral Training Centre. Leads the new world-class CMAC National Facility within the Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) at the University of Strathclyde offering access to academic and industrial users to state-of-the art processing, analysis and characterisations facilties and support. Expertise in crystallisation and physical form control and characterisation of pharmaceuticals spanning polymorphism, solvate, co-crystal and salt formation and studies of amorphous systems. Extensive experience in the formation of pharmaceutical particles in continuous processes using a range of technologies as part of the CMAC programme. Interests also in the development and application of new technologies to control and monitor crystallisation and pharmaceutical solids.

Approaches for the characterisation of particles are also widely used and physical analysis of crystalline pharmaceuticals with a focus on the influence of crystallisation processes on structure and critical pharmaceutically relevant attributes that dictates product performance. Exploitation of X-ray powder diffraction techniques for phase identification, structure determination from powder diffraction data and in-situ phase surveys including local order using variable-temperature X-ray powder diffraction are key areas.

Has published over 120 peer reviewed research papers in these areas and currently supervises a large multidisciplinary research group including pharmacists, chemists and chemical engineers.

External positions

Advisory board member , Functional Materials Manufacturing Programme, Imperial College

2015 → …

Advisory board member, Leeds University

2015 → …

Chairman, British Association of Crystal Growth

2014 → …

Innovation Strategy Board member, KTN

2014 → …

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Projects 2003 2023

Research Output 1999 2019

Open Access
Particle Size
Interfacial energy

Crystallisation of oxcarbazepine form III: emergence of crystals with variable twisted habit

Polyzois, H., Guo, R., Warzecha, M., Price, S. & Florence, A., 27 Mar 2018. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
X-Ray Diffraction


Batch to continuous organic salt crystallisation : model based design

Author: McGinty, J., 1 Jul 2017

Supervisor: Sefcik, J. (Supervisor) & Florence, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Control of crystalline particle properties by spray drying

Author: Halliwell, R., 1 Mar 2017

Supervisor: Florence, A. (Supervisor) & Sefcik, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain Conference Science Medal

Alastair Florence (Recipient), Sep 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2008 2016

2nd International Symposium on Continuous Manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals

Alastair Florence (Organiser)
26 Sep 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference

10th World Meeting on Pharmaceutics, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology

Alastair Florence (Chair)
Apr 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference