Food Chemistry and Physics – Dipak Sarker

Dr Dipak K. Sarker, PhD, CChem, MRSC, FHEA

Principal Lecturer in Pharmaceutics, University of Brighton



Research interests: Drug Delivery and Pharmaceutics, Soft Matter Physics, Nanotechnology, Materials

A chartered chemist, member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) Panel of Experts on Additives and Food Chemistry and researcher working on food ingredients and pharmaceuticals. An author of two pharmaceutical science books. An experienced food scientist/physical chemist/physicist with practical experience of the food, ingredient and pharmaceutical industries, and with experience in:

Engineering and Physics

  • Processing technology
  • Engineering and process optimisation
  • The thermal properties of materials
  • The texture and mechanics of materials
  • Rheology

Chemistry and change

  • The chemistry of instability and degradation
  • Autoxidation and free radical formation
  • Rancidity
  • Insolubilisation

The chemistry of component interaction

  • Gelation
  • Thickening mechanisms and pâtés
  • Protein chemistry
  • Carbohydrates and gums
  • Browning reactions
  • Flavour and sweetness
  • Pigments and colours
  • Preservatives and additives
  • Functional modification and chemical derivatisation for purpose
  • Emulsifiers
  • Crosslinking agents
  • Product formulation

Methods of analysis

  • Proximate analysis
  • Titration
  • Thermal analysis: calorimetry, DSC
  • Surface tension and interfacial rheology
  • Bulk rheology
  • Particle sizing, charge estimation and microscopy
  • Morphology
  • Spectroscopy and colourimetry
  • Chromatography

If you are interested in working with me, or as part of consultancy me driving some cutting edge research or finding out about product or process improvement, such as re-formulation please get in touch.


Dr Dipak K. Sarker, PhD, CChem, MRSC, FHEA

Principal Lecturer in Pharmaceutics

Assistant Course Leader Pharmacy Degree

The Biomaterials, Chemistry and Drug Delivery Research Groups

The School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences (PaBS)

College of Life, Health and Physical Sciences

The University of Brighton

Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 4GJ, UK

Tel: 01273 2798333    Fax: 01273 642674




Selected work:

Sarker, D.K., Wilde, P.J. & Clark, D.C. (1995) Colloids & Surfaces B:Biointerfaces, 3, 349-356.

Sarker, D.K., Wilde, P.J. & Clark, D.C. (1995) J. Agric. Food Chemistry, 43, 295-300.

Sarker, D.K., Wilde, P.J. & Clark, D.C. (1996) Colloids & Surfaces A:Physicochemical & Engineering Aspects, 114, 227-236.

Wüstneck, R., Krägel, J., Miller, R., Fainerman, V.B., Wilde, P.J., Sarker, D. & Clark, D.C. (1996) Food Hydrocolloids, 10 (4), 395-405.

Sarker, D.K., Wilde, P.J. & Clark, D.C. (1998) Cereal Chemistry, 75 (4) 493-499.

Sarker, D.K., Bertrand, D., Chtioui, Y. & Popineau, Y. (1998) J. Texture Studies, 29, 15-42.

Sarker, D.K., Axelos, M. & Popineau, Y. (1999) Colloids & Surfaces B:Biointerfaces, 12:147-160.

Sarker, D.K. & Wilde, P.J. (1999) Colloids & Surfaces B:Biointerfaces, 15:203-213.

Howbrook, D., Sarker, D., Lloyd, A.W. & Louwrier, A. (2002) Biotech. Letters, 24:2071-2074.

van der Valk, A., Howbrook, D., O’Shaughnessy, M., Sarker, D., Baker, S.C., Louwrier, A. and Lloyd, A. (2003) Biotech. Letters, 25(16):1325-1328.

Sarker, D.K. (2005) Current Drug Delivery, 2 (4): 297-310.

Sarker, D.K. (2005) Current Nanoscience, 1(2): 157-168.

Al-Hanbali, O, Rutt, K.J Sarker, D.K., Hunter, AC, Moghimi, S.M. (2006) J. Nanoscience and Nanotech.6 (8): 3126-3133.

Sarker, D.K. (2006) Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry, 6 (7): 793-804.

Sarker, D. (2006) PFQ (Pharmaceutical Formulation & Quality), 8 (5) September, p42-46.

Valtcheva-Sarker, R.V., O’Reilly, J.D., Sarker, D.K. (2007) Recent Patents on Drug Delivery and Formulation, 1(2): 147-159.

Georgiev, G.A., Sarker, D.K. , Al-Hanbali, O., Georgiev, G.D., Lalchev Z. (2007) Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 59: 184-193.

Sarker, D. K. (2007) Reviews, 8 (14) p4-5.

Collins, G., Patel, A., Dilley, A. and Sarker, D.K. (2008) J. Agric. Food Chemistry, 56 (10) 3846-3855.

Di Mattia, CD, Sacchetti, G, Mastrocola, D, Sarker, DK, Pittia, P. (2010) Food Hydrocolloids, 24: 652-658.

Sarker, D.K. (2010) Recent Patents in Material Science, 3(3): 191-202.

Sarker, D. K. (2010) Reviews, 11 (20) pp21-24.

Concannon, C., Hennelly, D.A., Noott, S. and Sarker, D.K. (2010) Current Drug Discovery Technologies, 7(2), 123-136.

Nikolov P., Genov, K., Konova, P., Milenova, K., Batakliev, T., Georgiev, V., Kumar, N., Sarker, D.K., Pishev, D., Rakovsky, S. (2010) J. Hazardous Materials, 184, 16-19.

Boevski, I., Genov, K., Boevska, N., Milenova, K., Batakliev, T., Georgiev, V., Nikolov, P. and Sarker, D.K. (2011) Comptes rendus de l’Académie bulgare des Sciences, 64(1):33-38.

Sarker, D. K. (2011) Reviews, 11 (21) pp46-49.

Genov, K., Boevska, N., Boevski, I. and Sarker, D.K. (2011) Comptes rendus de l’Académie bulgare des Sciences, 64(4):509-514.

Loukanov, A., Genov, K., Bratkova, S., Angelov, A. and Sarker, D. (2012). Annals of the Constantin Brâncussi University of Târgu Jiu (Romania), Engineering Series, 3: 345-355. ISSN:1844-4856.

Sarker, D. K. (2013) School Science Review, 95 (350) pp45-52.

Book Chapters

Sarker, D.K. (2009) In: Current Focus on Colloids and Surfaces, Chapter 12 (Research Signpost Science Series, Li, S., ed.), Transworld Research Network, India, pp 225-242. ISBN: 978-81-7895-438-7.

Sarker, D.K. (2012) In: Biomedical Materials and Diagnostic Devices, Chapter 13, Part III, Scrivener Publishing LLC, USA, pp395-434. ISBN – 978-11-1803-014-1.


Sarker, D.K. (2008) Quality Systems and Controls for Pharmaceuticals, John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, 2008 pp216. ISBN – 978-0-470-05693-6 (paperback); 978-0-470-05692-9 (hardback)

Sarker, D.K. (2013) Pharmaceutical Emulsions: A Drug Developer’s Toolbag, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, 2008 pp206. ISBN – 978-0-470-97683-8 (hardback)

Some recent abstracts/conference presentations

Di Mattia, C., Sarker, D.K., Sacchetti, G., Occhino, E., Pittia, P. (2008) ICEF 10 Conference, Argentina, abstract.

Di Mattia C., Pittia P., Sarker, D.K., Mastrocola D., Sacchetti G (2009) 6th NIZO Dairy Conference, Papendahl, Holland.

Di Mattia, C.D., Sarker, D.K., Sacchetti, G., Boznou, A., Mastrocola, D. and Pittia, P. (2010) Food Colloids Conference, Granada, Spain.

Genov, K., Boevska, N., Milenova, K., Batakliev, T., Georgiev, V., Nikolov, P. and Sarker, D.K. (2011) Balkan Congress of Catalytic Materials, Institute of General And Inorganic Chemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAN), Bulgaria

Sarker, D.K. (2011) Annual CLT Conference of Teaching and Learning, Falmer

Dichello G., Whitby, R.L.D., Mikhalovsky, S.V. and Sarker, D.K. (2014) Nanosystems for in-vivo self-assembling medical devices. The 12th International Symposium on Bioscience and Nanotechnology, Kwagoe Campus, Toyo University, Japan 14/15-Nov

Sarker, D.K. (2015) Functional Foods and Food Functionalisation. BSUFN Diversity of Food Research Conference, Falmer 4th Feb

Some noteworthy invited presentations

Sarker, D.K. (2003) Surfactant encapsulation. Unilever Research Vlaardingen, Netherlands, May

Sarker, D.K. (2005) Réseau Interfaces (COST Framework) – INRA du INEM, ENITIAA-INRA, Nantes, France, November

Sarker, D.K. (2006) Emulsions. University of Teramo, Italy, August.

Sarker, D.K., Genov, K., Nikolov, N. and Rakovsky, S. (2009) Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Symposia, Bulgaria, August

Sarker, D.K. (2010) University of Sofia, Bulgaria, September.

Sarker, D.K. (2011) Faculty Seminar, University of Brighton, May.

Gustafsson, J. and Sarker, D.K. (2014) Master of pharmacy thesis defence. School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Gothemburg (Göteberg), Sweden

Seliverstova, Y., Sarker, D.K. and Ibrayev, N. (2014) PhD public defence, Physics Department, Karaganda State University, Kazakhstan

Dichello, G., Fearon, P., Smart, J.D and Sarker, D.K. (2014) Curcumin nanotechnology project. Vietnamese Academy of Sciences, Hanoi


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