Date of release: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Mohammed ManiruzzamanResearch into improving drug delivery methods has won young researcher Mohammed Maniruzzaman a prestigious award from the University of Greenwich.

Mohammed, 24, has received the Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for the Best PhD student, an accolade which recognises outstanding research performance. A graduate from the university’s School of Science, he received his award, which included a cheque for £200, during the recent graduation ceremony at Rochester Cathedral.

The prize completed a year of great achievement for Mohammed, as he received a distinction in his PhD and was also awarded the School of Science’s own prize for best PhD student. At the age of 23 he became the youngest student from Bangladesh to receive a PhD.

His research specialisms included hot-melt extrusion – a manufacturing technique which processes raw materials and can be used for masking the bitter and unpleasant tastes of drug molecules. This process also aims to improve the solubility of water-resistant drugs, so they are more easily absorbed into the body.

Having achieved first class honours as an undergraduate with the School of Science, Mohammed completed his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2012. He now combines further research at Greenwich with his position at Japanese corporation Fuji Chemicals, lending his expertise in continuous manufacturing with hot-melt extrusion during a three-year, externally funded project.

Mohammed says: “It is an honour to have won this prize, and the university has played a major part in any success I have had. I’ve enjoyed tremendous support from the School of Science and from the Greenwich Research & Enterprise team, and my research supervision has been first class.”

During the course of his studies, he has had several articles published in peer-reviewed journals and made presentations at national and international conferences. In June this year he won an award for best poster at the Faculty Research Symposium.

Dr Dennis Douroumis, Reader in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the School of Science, was Mohammed’s research supervisor. He says: “Mohammed demonstrated excellent scientific knowledge and made a positive impact on the university’s research profile. He collaborated with various companies to promote our research findings and improve our industrial networking.

“He sets a fine example to his fellow postgraduates and it has been a pleasure working with him in the last three years.”

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