1987 …2020

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Personal Statement

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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Research Output

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    Antisolvent crystallisation in oscillatory baffled platforms

    Author: Davidson, S., 20 Mar 2020

    Supervisor: Florence, A. (Supervisor) & Ter Horst, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Application of machine learning methods for design of crystallisation processes

    Author: Gurung, R., 3 Feb 2020

    Supervisor: Florence, A. (Supervisor) & Johnston, B. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Best Poster Award @ CMAC Annual Open Day 2018

    Zied Hosni (Recipient), Ebenezer Ojo (Recipient), Iyke I. Onyemelukwe (Recipient), Lennart Ramakers (Recipient), Ian Houson (Recipient) & Alastair Florence (Recipient), 25 Oct 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain Conference Science Medal

    Alastair Florence (Recipient), Sep 2004

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Flow Chemistry Europe 2020

    Alastair Florence (Speaker)
    3 Mar 20204 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

    Nextrode Full Consortium Meeting

    Alastair Florence (Speaker)
    28 Feb 2020

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