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Dr Mingzhong Li

Job: Reader in Pharmaceutical Science

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: Leicester School of Pharmacy

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 257 7132




Personal profile

Dr Li's research is focused on solving key challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry for improvements in production quality and reduction in manufacturing costs through utilising cutting edge analytical techniques to explore optimal formulations starting from a molecular level characterisation and up to bulk properties of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and excipients and application of real time process analysis techniques for process monitoring and control.

Dr Li's current research areas include using co-crystallisation approach to modification of APIs’ physical and chemical properties, development of online particle sizing techniques for control of crystallisation processes and development of online process models for control of fluidised bed granulation processes.

Research group affiliations

Pharmaceutical technologies group.

Publications and outputs 

Click here for a full listing of Mingzhong Li's publications and outputs.

Research interests/expertise

  • Pharmaceutical co-crystallisation
  • Granulation processes modelling; control and
  • Pre-formation development: in vitro dissolution and stability tests,
    computer simulation of in vitro dissolution test
  • Crystallisation/Co-crystallisation
  • Particle sizing
  • In vitro dissolution tests
  • Process modelling, control and optimisation
  • Multiphase flow modelling and computation.

Areas of teaching

  • Formulation
  • Analytical techniques
  • Chemometrics
  • Process technology.


  • PhD
  • MSc
  • BSc.

Courses taught

  • Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science
  • MSc Pharmaceutical Quality by Design.

Membership of external committees

  • Committee member, British Association for Crystal Growth
  • Particle technology subject group in Institution of Chemical Engineers

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • British Association for Crystal Growth
  • Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Great Britain

Forthcoming events

  • A member of Conference Committee of “The 47th British Association for Crystal Growth annual conference, 27-29 June 2016, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • A member of Conference Committee of “The 46th British Association for Crystal Growth annual conference, 21-23 June 2015, Queen Mary, London UK
  • Chair on “Surface Dissolution Imaging Symposium”, De Montfort University, 12-13 June, 2012.

Conference attendance

  • The 47th British Association for Crystal Growth annual conference, 27-29 June 2016, University of Leeds, Leeds UK
  • The 46th British Association for Crystal Growth annual conference, 21-23 June 2015, Queen Mary, London UK

Consultancy work

  • Co-crystallisation
  • Pre-formulation/formulation
  • In vitro dissolution
  • Pharmaceutical process modelling and control
  • QbD.

Current research students

  • Miss Minshan Guo, 3rd-year PhD student, 1st supervisor
  • Miss Fatima Idris, 2nd-year PhD student, 1st supervisor
  • Miss Preya Kirubakaran, 1st-year PhD student, 1st supervisor
  • Miss Manreet Kaur, 1st-year PhD student, 1st supervisor

Externally funded research grants information

  • In-process particle sizing by refractive index measurement, EPSRC, 01/09/2008-31/08/2010, £196072, PI.
  • Network Travel Grant, EPSRC Directed Assembly Network, £600, 2013, PI
  • Building the International Leading Pharmaceutical Research Capacity for the Pharmaceutical Technologies Group at De Montfort University, Higher Education Innovation fund, £8000, 2013-2014, PI
  • European Pharmaceutical Cocrystal Collaboration Network for EU Grant Applications, Higher Education Innovation fund, £2900, 2015, PI
  • Equipment Capital, Higher Education Innovation fund, £72,878, 2016, PI.

Internally funded research project information

  • Pharmaceutical technologies group network, RIF, 1/01/2010-31/07/2010, £5000, PI.
  • Equipment Capital, HEIF4, 2010, £67,850, PI

Published patents

PCT/GB2009/002599, Determining the particle size distribution of a suspension, UK.

Former PhD students

  • Dr. Ning Qiao, PhD, 2014, 1st supervisor

PhD thesis: Investigation of Carbamazepine-Nicotinamide cocrystal solubility and dissolution by the UV imaging system

  • Dr. Huolong Liu, PhD, 2014, 1st supervisor

PhD thesis: Modeling and control of batch pulsed top-spray fluidized bed granulation

  • Dr. Shi Qiu, PhD, 2015, 1st supervisor

PhD thesis: Effect of polymers on Carbamazepine cocrystals phase transformation and release profiles

Former MSc project students


Miss Jialu Situ

Miss Manreet Kaur

Miss Preyanthiny Kirubakaran

Mr. Jay Makadia


Miss Junmin Lai

Mr. Balraj Rai

Miss Samya Khaled


Miss Minshan Guo

Mr. Dillan Pattni

Mr. Xuechao Hou

Mr. Simron Rai


Miss Fatma Ali

Miss  Ayobami Temitope Ajibola

Mr. Junaid Razaq

Mr. Rukhsar Tariq


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