Professor Jim Litster
Head of Department
Chair of Safety Committee
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I joined the Department in January 2016. Prior to his appointment, I was Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy at Purdue University in the USA for over 8 years. From 1987 to 2007, and spent 20 years in academic positions at The University of Queensland in Australia including Head of Chemical Engineering and Head of School of Engineering.
My research area is Particulate Products and Processes. My expertise is on wet granulation with over 30 years experience in the field. My key contributions include the development of key regime maps for granulation processes and the development of mathematical models for engineering design and scaling of granulation processes. I'm the co-author of the well known monograph in this area - The Science and Engineering of Granulation Processes and my approaches are now widely used in engineering practice in industry.
I was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2010, and was awarded the Thomas Barron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2012, and Pharmaceutical Section Award for contributions to Quality by Design by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
I'm passionate about university education and educators. One of my most significant achievements is leading the design and implementation of a new Project Centered Curriculum across the whole Chemical Engineering Program at UQ between 1998 and 2005. This transformation was recognized as a world leading effort and received many awards, including the Australian Award for University Teaching in 2005, and one of six engineering change programs highlighted in the Royal Academy Of Engineering/MIT report on Achieving excellence in engineering: the ingredients of successful change (2012).
Predicting the structure of complex particulate products and their performance in use is a grand challenge in engineering science. The products include pharmaceuticals (e.g. GSK, Astra Zeneca), consumer products (e.g. P&G, Unilever), agricultural chemicals (e.g. Syngenta) and foods (e.g. Nestle). The value of sales and export of these high value products for the UK is estimated at £180bn per year (Chemistry Innovation KTN Strategy Report 2010) and complex products are a designated priority area in the Innovate UK High Value Manufacturing strategy. The performance of these products is controlled by their size, structure and surface properties, as well as their chemistry. Therefore, modeling the development of these attributes must address structure at many length scales from nm to mm. Jim’s programme focuses on developing new design models to substantially improve the manufacture of these particulate products.