Katharina Edkins

Katharina Edkins


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Dr Katharina (Kathi) Edkins is Reader in Pharmaceutics in the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry within the School of Health Sciences, and Lead in Pharmaceutics. She joined the University of Manchester in 2020 after having been Senior Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at Queen's University Belfast, and Lecturer in the Division of Pharmacy at Durham University. 

Dr Edkins' research focus is on supramolecular interactions in pharmaceutical materials ranging from pre-crystallisation disordered materials to novel drug delivery platforms based on supramolecular gels. Her group specialises in neutron scattering techniques, such as diffraction, quasi-elastic neutron scattering and neutron total scattering. In addition, she uses nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, FT infrared spectroscopy, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and other fluorescence microscopic methods to investigate molecular interaction and dynamics.


2010 - PhD, Institut der Pharmazie, Leopold-Franzenz-Universität Innsbruck, Austria

2004 - Approbation as pharmacist, Hessen, Germany

2004 - Graduation as pharmacist (MPharm), Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Secretary of the Special Interest Group 13 of the European Crystallography Association
  • Member of the Life Science and Soft Matter advisory panel to the Science and Technology Facility Council
  • Member and Chair to the Subcommittee College 5A of the Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble, France (2015 - 2020)
  • Expert for the Horizon2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship action (since 2018)
  • Elected secretary of the UK Neutron Scattering Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics (2017 - 2021)
  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, European Crystallography Association, British Crystallography Association, British Association for Crystal Growth, Deutsche Gesellschaft der Kristallographie, Deutsche Pharmazeutische Gesellschaft.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Registered Pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council

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

Areas of expertise

  • RS Pharmacy and materia medica
  • solid materials
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Polymorphism
  • Diffusion

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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