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Brighton and Sussex Universities Food Network (research)



CORE Membership at Brighton

  • Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Devices (CRMD)
  • Centre for Stress and Age-Related Disease (STRAND)
  • Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC)


Research interests


Dipak Sarker is best defined as a physicist and material scientist with an interest in processing, manufacturing and fabrication of novel and commercial products. He developed this interests from his studies in chemistry, engineering and physics and large company employment experience, with manufacturing being the common link through much of his teaching, research, consultancy and fundamental scientific interests. At the heart of his work is a profound interest in nanotechnology, nanomaterials and the nano-scale. He works alongside designers, process specialists, formulators and theoreticians to achieve the desired research outcome, or profile of concept and commercial products and routes to manufacture. In an academic context, he works routinely with chemists, chemical engineers, clinicians, biologists, pharmacists, engineers and physicists but also in terms of commercial activity alongside business advisors and legal experts.

Areas of academic research

I have a longstanding interest in nanoscience, nanotechnology and nanophysics, soft-matter self-assemblies and coarse dispersions, including colloidal drug delivery systems and the surface adsorption of functionalising polymers. I study vaccine and particulate drug delivery systems in considerable depth. I work routinely with biosurfactants (such as proteins and peptides or gums), natural polymers, sustainable materials and synthetically modified materials.

I am interested in recycling and re-exploitation of spent and soiled or spent materials or polluted environments. I work with simple and complex foams and thin liquid films (foam lamellae). These structures relate to the quasi-2D-architectures created for a range of purposes; as means of sensing, synthesis and in their own right, to study processes such as statistical mechanics and energetics. As a nanotechnologist I also work in the field of miniaturised analytical systems – microfluidics, microarrays, sensors, diagnostic systems, and biosensors. I work in the context of product and process design and investigations associated with engineering and manufacturing process modelling. I work with the mechanics and rheology of a range of materials.

I am interested in 'invention' and equipment fabrication and design. I am fascinated by physical and engineering applications of mesophase materials (liquid crystals), coarse and colloidal dispersions, and complex fluids, such as ionic liquids, thermotropic materials, gels and emulsions.

Past, present and future research projects and topics:

  • Plasma treatment of metals for vapour deposition
  • Flax and hemp materials and their non-food use
  • Nanomaterials in composite polymer materials
  • Microemulsions for drug delivery
  • Applications of coarse dispersions and complex fluids
  • Thin liquid films and foams. Wetting transitions and thin liquid films
  • Surface adsorption of polymers and proteins
  • Nicotine replacement therapy and drug delivery systems
  • 3D/4D printing and photo-reactive polymers
  • Recycling and re-assignment of waste absorbent cotton materials
  • Physics of droplet impact, spreading and fluid mechanics
  • Nanoparticle and polymer drug delivery systems
  • Photo-dynamic nanoparticle therapy for cancer treatment
  • Nanotechnology for pharmaceutical, medical and food packaging
  • Food physics and food process engineering
  • Status indicating medical device materials
  • Environmentally responsive encapsulated metal nanoparticles for sensor use
  • Complex fluids, ionic liquids and liquid crystals
  • Composite insulating materials

PhD students 2001-present

Gennaro Dichello (2012-2018)Targeting of brain tumours with photo-dynamic therapy using liposomes and encapsulated metal nanoparticles
Kais Shaban (2014-2018)Levothyroxine drug stability and formulation in fast-dissolving oral films
Shaimaa Shakargi (2014-2018)Synthesis and therapeutic use of environmentally-sensitive polymeric micelles for drug delivery
Cristina Boscariol (2015-present)The physics of impacting droplets on model solid surfaces 
Previous PhD student at the University of Brighton and Overseas
Evgeniya Seliverstova (2014)Energy transfer mechanisms and the photo-optical effects of fluorophore-conjugated graphene
Carla Di Mattia (2009)Photo-oxidative changes in protein-stabilised olive oil emulsions 
Georgi Georgiev (2008)Phase transitions in striated foam films as models of cells membranes 
Othman Al-Hanbali (2008)A novel assay for block co-polymer non-ionic surfactants used in nanoparticle surface engineering 
Atia Naseem (2003)Approaches to enhancing the dissolution rate of poorly soluble drugs 


  • Sosabowski, M.H., Piatt, R., Sarker, D.K. (2003) “Young Chemists’ Learning Project,” University of Brighton Innovation Awards 2003 - Prize Winner, Business Services, University Brighton
  • Dipak K. Sarker, Featured chemist: RSC News Chemistry World, Feb 2005, p12
  • Chair of the Downland Section of RSC from (Sussex, Surrey, Hamphire, Kent) 2005-2008


  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Institute of Nanotechnology
  • RPSGB, Academic Pharmacy Group
  • University of Brighton  – School Safety Officer (chemistry)
  • University of Brighton  – Sustainability representative - Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences
  • University of Brighton  – Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences Research Ethics Committee


  • Section Editor: Current Drug Delivery Technologies
  • Associate Editor: Current Nanomedicine

Editorial boards

  • Recent Patents on Drug Delivery and Formulation
  • International Journal of  Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education
  • Open Colloid Science Journal
  • Advanced Materials Reviews
  • Advanced Materials Letters
  • Asian Journal of Pharmaceutics
  • Inventi Rapid-Impact: Pharm Tech
  • Khimiya (Chemistry)
  • Journal of Modern Medicinal Chemistry
  • Journal of the Chinese Advanced Materials Society
  • Recent Patents on Engineering
  • ISRN Journal of Chemistry: Medicinal Chemistry
  • International Journal of Information System and Management Research

Organising committees

  • Conference Committee - 2nd International Conference on Advanced Materials 2013 (China)
  • Organising committee: International Union of Advanced Materials - Academic Committee Member 2011, Hong Kong
  • Advisory board: Advanced Materials World Congress (AM 2013, organized by the International Association of Advanced Materials), Turkey, September 2013
  • International Advisory Board 2nd World Conference on Science and Mathematics Education , 15-17 Oct 2015, Cyprus

Supervisory Interests

My  research and supervisory interests cover materials science and nanotechnology (colloids) related subjects. These traverse synthetic inorganic chemistry (PhD - Gennaro Dichello; Dr Penko Nikolov; Dr Krassimir Genov), carbon nanotubes (PhD - Evgeniya Seliverstova), nanoparticle and gel-based drug delivery systems (PhD - Shaimaa Shagarki; PhD- Kais Shaban; PhD - Othman Al-Hanbali; PhD - Atia Naseem), nanoparticle sensor systems (Dr Yunlong Xu; Dr Samaa Salem) nanoparticle food systems (PhD - Carla DiMattia), nanoparticle biophysics systems (PhD - Georgi Georgiev) and specialist analytical techniques (Dr Karl Pavey; Dr David Howbrook). I routinely supervise Post-doctoral study, PhD's, Masters degree students, Erasmus students and industrially-linked researcher project work in the following areas:

  • Materials science - materials chemistry, polymer sciences (plastics and bioplastics), materials physics (photonics, plasmonics), mechanics and texture, design and device engineering
  • Nanotechnology - novel materials, fullerenes and graphene, micro- and nanoanalytics, sensing and diagnostic systems and applications
  • Condensed matter physics - complex fluids, wetting and detergency, dispersions (emulsions, foams, bubbles, droplets, gels), colloids (vesicles, micelles, nanobeads, SLNs), liquid crystals, rheology
  • Drug delivery system design - nanoparticle and coarse dispersion based systems
  • Sustainability and 3R's approaches (reduce, replace, recycle)
  • Materials specifically for food products and medical applications
  • Analytical chemistry and the theoretical basis for measurement science - physical sciences
  • Recycling and re-assignment of 'waste' materials
  • Packaging materials use and design
  • Composite materials and civil engineering construction materials
  • Environmental pollution and contamination with plastics (microplastics, nanoplastics) and plastic additives
  • Mathematical modelling and simulation of real-world events 
  • Industrial process improvement, quality control and quality assurance


Knowledge exchange

My interest in knowledge exchange (KE) is manifested in university teaching and research but also in professional body (RSC, RPSGB, IOM3, HEA) and STEM Ambassador work (schools, colleges, university summer schools). Yet more KE is undertaken by industrial consultancy (Smpl Innovations GmbH, Graphic Supplies, Cryolabs, Biofrontera AG, etc), industrially-related academic study (KTPs, KEEP+), pure academic research with chemists, biologists, physicists and engineers at the Univesity of Brighton and the University of Sussex but also more globally (Bulgaria, France, Italy, Sweden, USA, China, India, etc). Even more KE occurs through RCUK grant reviewing activities (EPSRC, MRC, BBSRC), editorial board and editorships (CDDT, Current Nanomedicine) for scientific periodicals, publisher book reviewing (HEA, Elsevier, Wiley) and in text book writing for three fully-authored books (Wiley-Blackwell).

Scholarly biography

I am interested in the engineering and properties of a diverse range materials and broad swathe of applications and fields. This traverse fields as diverse as medicine, food industries, agriculture, textiles diagnostic and measurment physics and engineering uses. This explains the disversity of rmy esearch output and fields of interest. Common strands across all scholarly activities are, industry, theoretical understanding and application of knowledge 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of East Anglia

1 Sep 19921 Sep 1995

External positions

External Examiner for Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (undergraduate degrees), Kingston University

1 May 20181 May 2021

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Foams Chemical Compounds
foams Agriculture & Biology
Lactoglobulins Chemical Compounds
Nanoparticles Chemical Compounds
Gold Chemical Compounds
Polypropylenes Chemical Compounds
Adsorption Chemical Compounds
Liquid films Chemical Compounds

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Projects 2016 2020

Research Output 1995 2019

Novel coatings for transmission electron microscopy sample preparation

Hookham, E., Rybdylova, O., Busbridge, S., Holmes, R., Perry, D. & Sarker, D., 2019, p. 27-27. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
Transmission electron microscopy
Computational fluid dynamics

Nutritional pastilles for dietary supplementation

Sarker, D., 2019

Research output: Other contribution


Offensive waste valorisation in the UK: Assessment of the potentials for absorbent hygiene product (AHP) recycling

Takaya, C., Cooper, I., Berg, M., Brittle, S., Muir, R. & Sarker, D., 20 Mar 2019, In : Waste Management. 88, p. 56-70 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

packaging waste

Recycling of Medical Waste Conference

Sarker, D., 2019

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibition