Dr Ali Al-khattawi

Lecturer in Pharmaceutics

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University, Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4735
Email: a.al-khattawi@aston.ac.uk
Room: MB434g

Ali Al Khattawi

I joined Aston University as a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics in 2016. For information on my research interests see below.

  • PhD in Pharmaceutics (Supervisor: Prof. Afzal Mohammed), Aston University, 2011-2014
  • MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Distinction), Kingston University, 2009-2010
  • BSc in Pharmacy, University of Baghdad, 2002-2007
  • July 2016 – Present: Lecturer in Pharmaceutics, Aston Pharmacy School, Aston University.
  • July 2015 – June 2016: Lecturer in Pharmaceutics, Leicester School of Pharmacy, De Montfort University.
  • Nov 2014 – June 2015: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Particle Science and Engineering, University of Leeds.
  • Feb 2014 – Nov 2014: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Aston Pharmacy School, Aston University. 

 Ali’s research interests are centred on the development of innovative particle design and fabrication strategies that can contribute to the future precision manufacturing of pharmaceutical products.
He has expertise in pharmaceutical particle engineering gained throughout several industrially focused projects. He also has specific know-how developing process workflow charts and manufacturing protocols for pharmaceutical processes (particularly spray drying) to control the particles’ primary properties e.g. size, morphology, crystallinity and porosity.
Ali endeavours to develop a practical and scalable approach to manufacture custom-built particles which will ultimately enable efficient and streamlined pharmaceutical processing.
Current research efforts aim to tackle the main technical challenges of pharmaceutical spray drying to help the industry achieve their targets.

  • International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council (IPEC) research excellence award, Texas, 2013
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) – Process Technology Group Award, Sheffield, 2011
We welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students.

PH3603 - Formulation III (Module Leader)
PH2503 - Medicines Optimisation through Formulation
PH1404 - Formulation and Optimisation of Medicines

  1. Spray Drying as a Downstream Processing Tool for the Development of Pharmaceuticals. Newton Links Workshop. Monterrey, Mexico, September 2016.
  2. QbD Approaches for Process Control and Particle Design in Pharmaceutical Spray Drying. 4th QbD symposium, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, March 2016.
  3. The Power of AFM Characterization in the Development of Novel Solid Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms. 4th International Workshop on Advanced Atomic Force Microscopy Techniques, Karlsruhe Institute of Nanotechnology (KIT-INT), Germany, March 2013.
  4. Microstructure Property and Adhesion Profiling to Elucidate Compaction Mechanisms of Pharmaceutical Materials. UK PharmSci, Edinburgh, September 2013.
  5. Formulation Development of Orally Disintegrating Tablets: An Opportunity to Address Swallowing Difficulties in Geriatric Patients. Geriatric Safe Medicines Summit, London, September 2013.
  6. Directly Compressed Orally Disintegrating Tablets for Paediatric Drug Delivery: A Novel Heat-Cool Process Strategy. UK PharmSci, Nottingham, September 2012.


The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS)
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Articles and Reviews:
  1. Eman Z. Dahmash, Ali Al-khattawi*, Affiong Iyire, Hamad Al-Yami, Thomas J. Dennison, Afzal R. Mohammed* (2018) Quality by Design (QbD) based process optimisation to develop functionalised particles with modified release properties using novel dry particle coating technique. PLOS ONE, 13(11): e0206651.
  2. Ali Al-khattawi*, Andrew Bayly, Andrew Phillips, David Wilson (2017) The design and scale-up of spray dried particle delivery systems. Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery. DOI: 10.1080/17425247.2017.1321634
  3. Amr ElShaer, Ali Al-Khattawi, Afzal R Mohammed, Monika Warzecha, Dimitrios A Lamprou, Hany Hassanin (2017) Understanding the compaction behaviour of low-substituted HPC: macro, micro, and nano-metric evaluations. Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, vol. in press. DOI:10.1080/10837450.2017.1363775
  4. Tom Dennison, Julian Smith, Michael P. Hofmann, Charlotte E. Bland, Raj K. Badhan, Ali Al-Khattawi and Afzal R. Mohammed (2016) Design of Experiments to Study the Impact of Process Parameters on Droplet Size and Development of Novel Non-Invasive Imaging Techniques in Tablet Coating. PLOS ONE, 11(8):e0157267.
  5. Ali Al-Khattawi, Jasdip Koner, Peter Rue, Dan Kirby, Yvonne Perrie, Ali Rajabi-Siahboomi, Afzal R Mohammed (2015) A Pragmatic Approach for Engineering Porous Mannitol and Mechanistic Evaluation of Particle Performance. European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, 94:1-10.
  6. Ali Al-Khattawi, Hamad Alyami, Bill Townsend, Xianghong Ma and Afzal R Mohammed (2014) Evidence-Based Nanoscopic and Molecular Framework for Excipient Functionality in Compressed Orally Disintegrating Tablets. PLOS ONE, 9(7):e101369.
  7. Ali Al-Khattawi and Afzal R Mohammed (2014) Challenges and Emerging Solutions in the Development of Compressed Orally Disintegrating Tablets. Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery, 9(10):1109-1120.
  8. Ali Al-Khattawi, Affiong Iyire, Tom Dennison, Eman Dahmash, Clifford J Bailey, Julian Smith, Chris Martin, Peter Rue and Afzal R Mohammed (2014) Systematic Screening of Compressed ODT Excipients: Cellulosic Versus Non-Cellulosic. Current Drug Delivery, 11(4):486-500.
  9. Ali Al-Khattawi and Afzal R Mohammed (2014) Excipients in Medicines for Children: Scientific and Regulatory Paradigms. European Pharmaceutical Review, 19(2):67-70.
  10. Ali Al-Khattawi and Afzal R Mohammed (2013) Compressed Orally Disintegrating Tablets: Excipients Evolution and Formulation Strategies. Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery, 10(5):651-663.
  11. Ali Al-Khattawi, Hamad Alyami, Afzal R Mohammed (2013) A Systematic Investigation of D-Mannitol Functionality in the Development of Age-Appropriate Formulations. CRS newsletter, 30(3): 20-21.
  12. Ali Al-Khattawi, Ahmad Aly, Yvonne Perrie, Peter Rue and Afzal R Mohammed (2012) Multi Stage Strategy to Reduce Friability of Directly Compressed Orally Disintegrating Tablets. Drug Delivery Letters, 2(3):195-201.

Book Chapters:

  1. Imran Saleem and Ali Al-Khattawi (2013). Surface Phenomena. In Pharmaceutics the science of medicine design. Philip Denton and Chris Rostron (Eds.). (13 vols.). Oxford University Press.
  2. Ali Al-Khattawi, Tom Dennison, David Terry and Afzal R Mohammed (2014) Extemporaneous Preparation of Medicines for Children - Neonatal and Paediatric prescribing.
  3. Tom Dennison, Ali Al-Khattawi, David Terry and Afzal R Mohammed (2014) Developing medicines for children, with emphasis on the implications of the regulations and development process for the prescriber – Neonatal and Paediatric prescribing.