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Shwana Braim


Chemistry and Forensic Science

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Chemistry and Forensic Science


Dr Braim teaches Inorganic Chemistry at the undergraduate level and supervises student final year projects. He also supervises MRes project in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science.

Career overview

  • Lecturer- University of Sulaimani
  • PDRA- University of Nottingham (UK)
  • PhD- University of Nottingham (UK)

Research areas

Dr Braim's past research centred around the development of smart materials for biomedical applications, particular areas of interest included:

  • Development of controlled drug delivery system based on polymeric microcarriers.
  • Development of new soft biomaterials (i.e. hydrogels, colloids, and particulate suspensions/gels) for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications.
  • Physicochemical surface modification of materials for biomedical applications.
  • Polymer therapeutics/theranostic
  • Metal oxide nanoparticles and their polymer composite materials.

His current projects include:

  • The development of new formulations for controlled drug delivery.
  • The development of advanced smart biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications.
  • Targeted therapeutics for cancer treatment. The development of polymer composite materials with dual/multi responsive properties for cancer theranostic application.

External activity

Fellow of the HEA (FHEA)

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)

Fellow of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (FAPS)


Shwana Braim, C Alexander, T Monaghan, (2019) Lactoferrin-Loaded Alginate Microparticles to Target Clostridioides difficile Infection, Journal of pharmaceutical sciences 108 (7), 2438-2446.

Xuan Xue, Shwana Braim, et. al. (2017) Upper critical solution temperature thermo-responsive polymer brushes and a mechanism for controlled cell attachment, Journal of Materials Chemistry B 5 (25), 4926-4933.

Tanya Monaghan, Shwana Braim, et. al. (2018) PTU-046 Novel lactoferrin-loaded alginate microgels display anti-clostridium difficile defence properties in vitro, Gut 67 (Suppl 1), A194-A195.

Shwana Braim, (2016) Thermoresponsive magnetic colloidal gels via surface-initiated polymerisation from functional microparticles, Journal of Materials Chemistry B 4 (5), 962-972.

Shwana Braim,   et al. (2016) Thermoresponsive magnetic Colloidal Gels, European Cells and Materials, 31, 77.

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Course(s) I teach on

  • Chemistry lab - student working
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2023