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.  In my research, various surface-sensitive experimental techniques including optical and neutron reflectometry are used 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 behavior of soft matter is of particular interest under conditions such a flow or changes in surface pressure.  The type of information accessible 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 including cancer targeting, general anaesthesia and antibiotic resistance 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 and am the Director of the Pharmaceutical Industry Advanced Training programme.

External positions

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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