|| UNIVERSITY OF MALTA
Faculty of Science
Department of Chemistry
Prof. Claude A. Farrugia
B.Pharm.(Hons.)(Melit.), Ph.D.(UIC), FIScT, FRSC, MAPS, MSB, SRPharmS
Address: Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Science,
University of Malta,
Prof Farrugia graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Malta in 1991 with a B.Pharm.(Hons.) degree. In 1994 he was awarded a scholarship grant by the University of Malta and a research assistantship by the Institute for Tuberculosis Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, enabling him to pursue his studies towards a Ph.D. in Pharmacy, with specialisation in Pharmaceutics, which he obtained in December 1998. In recognition of his academic achievements, Prof Farrugia was inducted to both the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Prof Farrugia was appointed Lecturer in Chemistry at the Junior College of the University of Malta in 2001. He was subsequently appointed Senior Lecturer in Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry in 2007, and promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. He currently lectures in both biological and applied chemistry, and oversees all the department’s chemistry practical study units.
Prof Farrugia’s research interests are primarily in the field of the physical chemistry of gelatin, gelatin-surfactant interactions and gelatin nanoparticle production, but also extend to the field of applied chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly the stability and analysis of medicinal products and their ingredients, powder surface properties and flow behaviour, and the analysis of natural products.
Prof Farrugia is closely linked with the pharmaceutical industry in Malta, with experience in Good Manufacturing Practices, quality assurance and regulatory affairs. He has been the President of the Malta Qualified Persons Association (MQPA) since 2004, and is also currently the Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Business Section in the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, and the Vice-President Communications of the European Industrial Pharmacists Group (EIPG).
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