Abdullatif Alfutimie

Abdullatif Alfutimie


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I am a liquid-crystal scientist with intensive expertise in nano-formulation and pharmaceutical applications of liquid crystals. I have got 15-year analytical experience in pharmaceutical industry, academia and their confluence. Along with several-year experience in ISO training and quality management, I have a refined expertise in teaching (pharmacy and chemical engineering/analytical science) for under- and post-grads including thesis supervision. I am a punctual, cooperative, hardworking and enthusiastic person, with the ability to solve problems and achieve targets efficiently as proven by my track record.

Currently, I work as a lecturer at the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester; my duties include a vast array of research as well as module and laboratory teaching and supervision. This also encompasses the development of syllabuses and the generation of new lab and tutorial practicals.



I am currently a lecturer at the school of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (CEAS) at the University of Manchester (UoM). I worked as research associate for around 3 years,I have managed to publish a series of articles as a leading author.

While doing my doctoral research at the UoM, I worked as a Teaching Assistant 2009-2012. I also worked for the period 2003-2008 as a Teaching Assistant at Faculty of Pharmacy, the University of Aleppo. Along with my academic association, I worked in Hariri Pharmaceutical Industry  for 9 years (2001-2009).  

I obtained my Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science from the CEAS, UoM in 2012. I also have a BS.c. in pharmacy and pharmaceutical chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Aleppo. I have also 3 certificates for quality management (The Canadian Quality Management) For ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSIS 18001 received in 2006 which have enhanced my workplace related knowledge and supported my background with the required tools to achieve excellence in productivity, critical thinking and efficiency. This has been reflected clearly in my work attitude in both academia and industry, where I have consistently commended during yearly performance evaluations.

Research interests

Research focus has been on the formulation and stabilisation of dispersed systems. I have keen interest in furthering the current understanding of the phase behaviour of lipid colloids associated with the optimisation of food and pharmaceutical processing.   

I am also interested in framework materials (e.g. metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and zeolites) for water and soil treatment. I endeavor to apply state-of-the-art techniques in an inter-disciplinary fashion to achieve my aims. My approach entails the integration of theory and experimentalism on the interface between science and industry.

Herein, I spotlight my research interests and future directions.

During my doctoral and postdoctoral research, I have had the honor to work with Professor Gordon Tiddy and Dr Robin Curtis. A recent research focus has been on food surfactant liquid crystals. My academic achievement in this context is highly relevant to advanced formulation, food colloid, drug delivery physical chemistry and analytical science. The findings of my studies were published as peer-reviewed research papers, conference papers and book chapters.  

As a research associate at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, I have also intensively worked on the aggregation of proteins to study the effectiveness of small peptides at preventing the aggregation of Myoglobin in vitro. Subsequently, in my post as a research associate at the CEAS, UoM, I worked with colleagues on the development of a new class of liquid crystals; with myriad pharmaceutical and industrial applications. This was a novel project in liaison with 4 universities, UoM, Durham University, Hull University and Leeds University. This opportunity gave me the ability to work collaboratively as part of a big team. 

Future research plans

My motivation is strongly driven by industrial requirements with a strong interest in porous materials such as zeolites, water treatment and gas capture by metal-organic framework, crystallization of myoglobin and presently heat shock proteins. 

I have been involved in both types of research: Theoretical and experimental. My focus presently will be on proposing a new framework for bridging the gap between theory and analysis across natural sciences. Specifically, I am investing time and efforts in the development and implementation of a novel application of ion-exchange via zeolites to tackle heavy metal pollution; this is being done in collaboration with colleagues from the Biological Sciences, UoM.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Membership of Royal Society Of Chemistry, MRSC,Associate Membere of Institution of Chemical Engineering, AMICHEME, 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Chemical engineering and analytical science , The University of Manchester

15 Jan 200929 Oct 2012

Award Date: 29 Oct 2012

Areas of expertise

  • RS Pharmacy and materia medica
  • QD Chemistry
  • TP Chemical technology

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Biotechnology


  • Zeolite, liquid crystals, biotech and engineering experimentation.


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