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Prof Fridrun Podczeck
Appointment
  • Honorary Professor
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Biography

Fridrun Podczeck graduated with a first honours degree in Pharmacy from the Martin–Luther–University Halle–Wittenberg (Germany) in 1984. She was awarded a Ph.D. (“summa cum laude”) from the same University in 1987. In 1997 she achieved the “Habilitation” (Dr. sc. nat. habil.) at the University of Hamburg (Germany) and also became a private docent at this University. From September 1991 to September 2002, she worked in the Department of Pharmaceutics at the School of Pharmacy, University of London (UK); her final position being Reader in Pharmaceutical Technology. In 1998 she was awarded a “Heisenberg-Fellowship” from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft for a period of three years to be able to focus on her research. From October 2002 until January 2008 she has been Professor of Pharmaceutics at Sunderland University (UK). Fridrun is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and holds the status of a Chartered Scientist (CSci). She is Member of the IChemE Publication Medals Awards Committee. In June 2006 Fridrun was made an honorary member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in recognition of her work. Due to advanced cancer, Fridrun does no longer hold an academic position, but she is still interested in research and holds six hours of voluntary lectures at University College London per annum, health permitting. When possible she still acts as a peer reviewer for many journals in the area of Materials Science, Applied Physics and Pharmaceutics. Due to her advanced illness, Fridrun does no longer engage in any activities such as consultancies or teaching for commercial organisations.

Research Summary

Fridrun’s main areas of research are Powder Technology, oral solid dosage forms, fracture mechanics and the measurement and assessment of the role of interparticulate forces of adhesion and friction in the performance of dosage forms such as dry powder inhalations, capsules, pellets and tablets. To date, Fridrun has published over 180 full-length publications in peer-reviewed journals of Materials Science, Applied Physics and Pharmaceutics. She is the author of a book (Particle-particle Adhesion in Pharmaceutical Powder Handling, Imperial College Press, London, 1998), editor of a book (Pharmaceutical Capsules, Pharmaceutical Press, London, 2004) and several book chapters. Fridrun has also contributed to the Encyclopaedia of Pharmaceutical Technology (Informa Healthcare) and the Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients (Pharmaceutical Press) with several monographs. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of several key journals in her area of expertise. In November 2004 Fridrun was awarded a Fellowship of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists as a “distinguished contributor and acknowledged leader in the advancement of the pharmaceutical sciences.” Under her guidance, 18 Ph.D. students were awarded their degrees successfully.

Teaching Summary

Fridrun is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has extensive teaching experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, both in the UK and in Germany, including lectures, seminars, laboratory classes, problem-based learning and tutoring. She is particularly skilled in on-line teaching and on-line assessment of knowledge and course work and she has written large amounts of on-line teaching material and student self-assessment tests. Health permitting, she gives six hours of voluntary lectures at University College London per annum in “Biomaterials in Drug Delivery” to postgraduate students of the MSc in Biomaterials in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL.

Appointments
01-OCT-2002 – 31-JAN-2008 Professor Health, Natural & Social Sciences Sunderland Univ, United Kingdom
01-JUL-1999 – 30-SEP-2002 Reader Pharmaceutics The School of Pharmacy, Univ London, United Kingdom
01-JUL-1998 – 30-JUN-1999 Heisenberg Fellow of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Pharmaceutics The School of Pharmacy, Univ London, United Kingdom
01-AUG-1997 – 30-JUN-1998 Senior Research Fellow Pharmaceutics The School of Pharmacy, Univ London, United Kingdom
01-JUN-1997 – 28-FEB-2002 Private Docent Pharmacy Univ Hamburg, Germany
01-NOV-1995 – 31-JUL-1997 Research Fellow Pharmaceutics The School of Pharmacy, Univ London, United Kingdom
06-APR-1992 – 31-OCT-1995 Research Assistant Pharmaceutics The School of Pharmacy, Univ London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1984 – 31-MAR-1992 Lecturer Pharmacy Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Academic Background
2005 CSci Chartered Scientist – Chemical Engineering  
1997 HAB Habilitation – Pharmaceutical Engineering Universitat Hamburg
1987 Dr.rer.nat. Doctor rerum naturalium – Pharmaceutical Engineering Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
1984 MSc Master of Science – Pharmacy Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
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