Raj Suryanarayanan, Ph.D.
Research & Interests
Raj Suryanarayanan (Sury) is Professor of Pharmaceutics and holds the William and Mildred Peters Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutics. He obtained his B.Pharm. and M.Pharm. degrees from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from this insitution. He earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmaceutics from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
His research is focused in the area of solid-state properties of drugs. His publications in this field deal with phase transitions in solids, implications of in situ phase transitions on product performance, evaluation of concepts of crystallinity and development of new techniques to evaluate crystallinity in solids. He has developed X-ray diffractometric techniques for the qualitative and quantitative analyses of solid phases, to determine the drug content in intact tablets and to study solid-state reactions. His research group is currently involved in developing low temperature powder X-ray diffractometric techniques to study frozen and freeze-dried pharmaceutical systems.
He is a consultant to numerous pharmaceutical companies and has served as a member of the USP Expert Committee (Excipients test methods). He is a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and is the past chair of the Teachers of Pharmaceutics Section of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
Awards & Honors
Dr. Sury is a Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota. In 2005, he was honored with the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education. He has been named Teacher of the Semester and Teacher of the year several times. He was awarded Outstanding Educator of the Year in 2010 by the AAPS.
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