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Professor Zeeshan Ahmad

Job: Professor in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery and Royal Society Industry Fellow

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: Leicester School of Pharmacy

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

T: +44 (0)116 250 6455



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Personal profile

  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering and Technology
  • Drug Delivery
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanoscience
  • Biomaterials
  • Formulation
  • Nanoparticles
  • Nanofibers
  • Microparticles
  • Pharmaceutical analysis (various models and delivery systems)

Prof. Zeeshan Ahmad's research is illustrated on the images to the right.

Zeeshan Ahmad is a Professor in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery & Royal Society Industry Fellow at De Montfort University (School of Pharmacy). He is a Royal Society Industry Fellow and also leads the EPSRC EHDA Network (a highly interdisciplinary initiative involving industry and academia).

He has broad research interests in medical materials and their applications for healthcare (interfacing at chemistry, biology, physics and biomedical engineering).

Specifically, these include various methods of drug delivery (smart nanoparticles and microparticles, bubbles, fibrous materials and transdermal/skin contact systems), tissue engineering (scaffolds and cell guidance), medical device coatings (orthopedic implants) and biomedical material synthesis (polymers and bioceramics) and fabrication (EHDA, microfluidic and emulsion methods).

He has published numerous articles and is also a peer-reviewer for various journal publishers (RSC, Elsevier, Springer, ACS, IoP, etc). He has delivered presentations (national and international) at symposia (including conferences), industry and universities.He has supervised numerous PhD students (including to completion, national and international) in additon to undergraduates on MPharm, BSc Pharm Sci, BSc Pharm and Cosm Sci, MSc Biomaterials.  

Work (Research/Academic) History


Research group affiliations

Pharmaceutical Technologies

Key research outputs

  • Preparation and characterization of electrospun hydroxyapatite/poly-ε-carpolactone fibres loaded with ibuprofen and indomethacin
  • C. Karavasili et al. Biomedical Materials Research Part A. 102, 2583 (2014)
  • Continuous Generation of Ethyl Cellulose Drug Delivery Nanocarriers from Microbubbles
  • O.Gunduz et al. Pharmaceutical Research 30, 225 (2013)
  • Bioinspired bubble design for particle generation
  • O.Gunduz et al. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 9, 389 (2012)
  • Fabrication of biomaterials via controlled protein bubble generation and manipulation
  • Z. Ekemen et al. Biomacromolecules 12, 4291 (2011)
  • Nano-particle functionality and toxicity on the central nervous system
  • Z Yang et al. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 7, 411 (2010)
  • Novel preparation of transdermal drug-delivery patches and functional wound healing materials
  • Z. Ahmad et al. Journal of Drug Targeting 17, 724 (2009)
  • The role of electrosprayed nanoapatites in guiding osteoblast behaviour. E.S. Thian et al. Biomaterials 29, 1833 (2008)

Research interests/expertise

  • Pharmaceutics / Pharmaceutical Technologies
  • Pharmaceutic Dosage Design
  • Nanoparticles and Microparticles
  • Biomaterials (bioceramics and biocompatible polymers)
  • Biomedical Materials (applications for advanced functional biomaterials)
  • Drug Delivery Systems (transdermal (parenteral) and enteral systems)
  • Drug Delivery Systems (nano, micro and bubble)
  • Drug Delivery Systems (in-vitro models)
  • Drug Delivery Systems with Imaging modalities
  • Drug Delivery Technologies (EHDA, microfluidic, emulsions)
  • Bio and Tissue Engineering (scaffold design and cell guidance)
  • Implants (Coatings and Biocompatible materials)
  • Materials Chemistry (polymers/bioceramics and interfaces)
  • Biointerfaces (Cell guidance, Drug delivery systems at interfaces)
  • Material Fabrication (EHDA, Microfluidic, Emulsions, Casting).
  • Material Analysis: Optical, SEM, TEM, AFM, XRD, DSC, TGA, HPLC, UV, Confocal, FTIR, Raman, Terahertz. Physical properties of materials.

Areas of teaching

  • Product Formulation (lectures) (Yr2)
  • Development and Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products (lectures) (Yr3)
  • New Approaches to Drug Delivery (lectures) (Yr3)
  • Product Formulation Labs (Yr2)
  • Compounding Labs (Yr1)
  • Final Year Project Supervision (Yr3)
  • MSc QbD Projects (MSc)


Courses taught

  • Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Sciences BSc

Honours and awards

Royal Society Industry Fellow

Leverhulme Research Fellow

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • American Chemical Society (ACS) - Member
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) - Member
  • Controlled Release Society (CRS) - Member
  • Controlled Release Society - UK Chapter (UKICRS) - Member
  • Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences GB (APSGB) - Member
  • European Society of Biomaterials (ESB) - Member
  • UK Society of Biomaterials (UKSB) – Member

Current research students

Post-doctoral researchers:

  • Dr. R Haj-Ahmad
  • Dr.  M Rasekh (Visiting)

Past PhD students (completed) -

  • Z Ekemen (Co-I)
  • M Rasekh (Co-I)
  • O Gunduz (Co-I)
  • A Smith (P-I/Co-I)
  • I Kucuc (Co-I)

Current PhD students -

  • K Nazari
  • P Mehta
  • A Gamal
  • S Ramzan
  • A Al-Asiri

Externally funded research grants information


  • RCUK (EPSRC), Royal Society, EU and Industry


Professional esteem indicators

  • Peer reviewer for numerous internationally recognised journals (mainly from Springer, Wiley, RSC, Elsevier, IoP, ASPB, Informa, PLoS)