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Material Science for Medicine Processing

Graz University of Technology via edX


We, at RCPE (Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering) and TU-Graz (Graz University of Technology), are excited to share our latest expertise and knowledge in pharmaceutical production with you.

Pharmaceutical production processes and process development are grounded in the scientific field of pharmaceutical engineering, which is a multidisciplinary area of study.

To effectively tackle pharmaceutical development and production processes, it's essential to have a multidisciplinary team collaborating. At RCPE, our scientific team scientists, pharmacists, physicists, chemical engineers, mathematicians, process control engineers, and quality experts, among others. Together, we've worked to create a comprehensive learning experience for you. While many of our colleagues are engaged in research projects supporting international pharmaceutical companies, we, as your teaching team, have taken on the responsibility of imparting this knowledge to you.

This course is tailored for individuals in the pharmaceutical industry or other professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of powder handling and characterization techniques. Specifically focused on solid dosage forms and powders, the course delves into key aspects relevant to their production and processing. Please note that other dosage forms, such as liquids for parental or oral delivery, topical creams, or aerosols, are not covered in this course. Solid dosage forms are emphasized due to their widespread use and inherent complexities. By the course's conclusion, participants will gain proficiency in handling powders and solid dosage forms, as well as strategies to navigate common challenges encountered during manufacturing and processing.

Throughout this course, you will gain practical knowledge and insights that can be directly applied to pharmaceutical manufacturing processes, enabling you to enhance product quality, efficiency, and regulatory compliance in your professional endeavors.


Chapter 1 and 2: Particle Characterization

Chapter 3: Segregation

Chapter 4: Powder Sampling

Chapter 5: Direct Compression of Tablets

Chapter 6: Tablet Properties

Taught by

Isabella Aigner, Johannes Khinast, Michela Beretta, Luca Orefice, Jesús Afonso Urich and Peter Varun Dsouza


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