If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Research interests

Drug delivery, specifically in the delivery of bioactive compounds to the optical surface via hydrogel-embedded platforms (e.g. contact lenses).

Optical sensors and biosensing - especially colorimetric systems which can easily be read by (e.g.) smartphones software which can extract RGB data.

Supervisory Interests

MRes level project supervision for the development of novel nanoparticulate-based, contact lens-embedded, drug delivery systems. I aim to encourage in students that they consider aspects of commercialisation in their research, thus taking a far-sighted approach to each research project beyond proof-of-concept work.

Approach to teaching

My teaching focuses on a 'what is learned' approach rather than a 'what is taught' approach. I therefore try and frame my lessons and lectures in such a way that the students are encouraged to reach the conclusion and meet the learning outcome themselves.

Knowledge exchange

Current work is a collaborative effort with both industry and academic partners, with knowledge shared between individuals with expertise in chemistry, pharmaceutics, and biomolecular science. I am always keen to develop new networking opportunities and expand mutual understanding to reach a common goal with real-world benefit that is not limited just to publication.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Queen's University Belfast

1 Oct 20141 Apr 2018

Award Date: 18 Apr 2018

Master, University of Surrey

1 Oct 20101 May 2014

Award Date: 1 Jun 2014


  • QD Chemistry
  • Drug delivery


Dive into the research topics where Dan Hawthorne is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles