Dr Richard A. Campbell

Senior Lecturer in Physical Pharmacy

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I am a scientist working at the boundary between physical chemistry and physical pharmacy.  Surface-sensitive experimental techniques including optical and neutron reflectometry are used in my research to probe mixed systems at fluid interfaces.  The underlying aim is to solve complex interactions mechanisms that are often dominated by non-equilibrium effects.  The dynamic interfacial behavior of soft matter system is of particular interest.  The new information advances the understanding of systems spanning synthetic polymer/surfactant mixtures to those involving drugs, drug nanocarriers, proteins, peptides and DNA.  Several of the scientific problems of interest to me are related to healthcare as well as issues of fundamental interest in colloid and interface science and those relevant to the performance of industrial formulations.  I am also actively involved in undergraduate teaching, am the Director of the Pharmaceutical Industry Advanced Training programme, and sit on two different neutron proposal review panels.  I have published more than 100 peer review articles and in December 2019 media attention on my new paper on foam films resulted in it achieving the 2nd highest Altmetrics score to date out of over 14,000 publication outputs in the journal Chemical Communications.

External positions

Soft Matter Beam Time Review Panel Member, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH

Soft Matter Beam Time Review Panel Member, Institut Max von Laue-Paul Langevin

Neutron Scattering Special Interest Group Committee Member, The Institute of Physics


  • Physical Pharmacy, Physical Chemistry, Interaction Mechanisms, Non-equilibrium Effects, Air/Water Interface, Neutron Reflectometry, Ellipsometry

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