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Dr David Armitage

Job: Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Technologies

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: Leicester School of Pharmacy

Research group(s): Pharmaceutical Technologies

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7721




Personal profile

Dr David Armitage is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Technologies in the School of Pharmacy, De Montfort University. Following graduation from the University of Bristol with an honours degree in Physics and the University of Liverpool with a Masters degree in Materials Engineering he gained his PhD from the University of Nottingham.

He was awarded a prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship which enabled him to experience working for a medical device manufacturer in Belgium. Dr Armitage then undertook postdoctoral research at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham and the Eastman Dental Institute, University College London. In 2007 he was appointed as Lecturer in Mechanics of Materials at Leicester University prior to taking his current post in 2008.

His current research interests are centred on application of surface modification and surface analytical techniques in the pharmaceutical and biomaterials sectors.He has researchinterests in the development of novel PAT tools for powder flow measurement.

He is admissions tutor for Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science (PCS) and teaches across PCS and the Pharmacy programme.

Research group affiliations

Pharmaceutical Technologies

Research interests/expertise

  • Surface characterisation of modified surfaces in support of ultra sensitive biosensor applications.
  • Biocompatible materials.
  • Improved performance of orthopaedic implant materials through incorporation of metal ions into modified titanium surfaces.
  • Applications of zinc oxide based nanostructure for enhancing surface Plasmon resonance sensitivity in biosensor applications.
  • Surface Plasmon resonance imaging for rapid point of care medical diagnostics.
  • Characterisation and modification of surface properties of pharmaceutical materials.
  • Optical Process Analytical Technology Tools
  • Powder Flow Characterisation

Areas of teaching

Admissions Tutor:

  • B29041 Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science.

Module Leader:

  • PHAR1703 People and Medicines: GI and Nutrition
  • PHAR2604 Medicine Design and Development
  • PHCO1303 Pharmaceutical Processes and Technologies
  • PHCO3309 Pharmaceutical Materials Science
  • PHCO5303 Analytical Techniques in Materials Sciences.

I teach on the following modules on our Pharmacy undergraduate programme:

  • PHCO1505 Molecular Properties of Drugs
  • PHCO2505 Solid Dosage Forms: From Powder to Patient
  • PHCO3503 Pharmaceutics: From Solutions to Controlled Release.

I teach on the following modules on our Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science undergraduate programme:

  • PHCO1301 Compounding
  • PHCO2303 Process Technology 2
  • PHCO2311 Product Formulation
  • PHCO3302 Quality Assurance and Quality by Design Principles
  • PHCO3304 Project
  • PHCO3309 Pharmaceutical Materials Science (module leader)
  • PHCO3311 Development and Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products
  • PHCO3313 New Approaches to Drug Delivery

I teach on the following modules on our Pharmaceutical Quality by Design M.Sc. postgraduate programme:

  • PHCO5301 Quality by Design
  • PHCO5303 Analytical Techniques in Materials Sciences (module leader)
  • PHCO5306 Process Analytical Technology and Chemometrics
  • PHCO5307 Advances in Drug Delivery

Conference attendance

2008 British Pharmaceutical Congress, Manchester, Calcium Enriched Titanium Surfaces via a Hydrothermal Process, D.A. Armitage, R.I. Mihoc, F.H. Jones, T.J. Tate & J.C. Knowles.

2009 British Pharmaceutical Congress, Manchester, Therapeutic Ion Release from Modified Titanium Surfaces,D. A. Armitage, F.H. Jones & J.C. Knowles.

Current research students

  • Kennedy Omonalia (1st Supervisor)
  • Nare Gabrielin, (2nd Supervisor)