Dr James Robert Falconer


School of Pharmacy
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 334 61852


Doctor James Falconer has been an academic at the School of Pharmacy, The University of Queensland since June 2015. Dr Falconer was an assistant lecturer, then research & teaching fellow at the School of Pharmacy, the University of Auckland from 2011 – 2015.

In 2007 he was awarded with the Technology for Industry Fellowship (TIF) from the New Zealand Foundation for Research, Science & Technology (FRST) from the NZ Government with joint funding from Pharmaceutical Compounding New Zealand (PCNZ) to complete a PhD under A/Professor Jingyuan Wen and Professor Raid Alany from the University of Auckland, New Zealand for development of a supercritical fluid platform and transdermal delivery of poorly aqueous soluble steriods. As a post-doctoral researcher under A/Professor Zimei Wu and collaboration with Argenta Global in Auckland he worked to help stabilise a veterinary pour-on which resulted in international patents and registered product for cattle. He was then appointed as a lecturer in pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Prior to his academic career, he received a BSc in Genetics 1999 and a Masters in Health Sciences (Bioethics) in 2003 under A/Professor Neil Pickering on the anatomy of the GMO debate from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. In 2005, he completed a BPharm (Hons) from the University of Auckland and undertook an internship at Middlemore Hospital in 2006, then was employed from 2007 as a ward pharmacist in general surgery and the hospital dispensary and as a community pharmacist - including the 'graveyard' shifts at day/night pharmacies.

Doctor Falconer has established research in supercritical fluid applications for selective extraction as well as in engineering advanced nanoparticulate dosage forms based on lipid and polymeric systems. A backbone to this work is the search for green/er technology to replace organic solvent driven material manufacturing processes and the repurposing of carbon dioxide for good.

Research Interests

  • Primary Research 1: Supercritical fluid technology
  • Primary Research 2: Sustainable solvent processing
  • SCF preparation of advanced delivery systems such as liposomes and solid lipid nanoparticles
  • Selective SCF extraction of principle molecules from indigenous and non-indigenous plants
  • Preformulation
  • Solid state compounds and dosage forms
  • Quantitative analysis using Raman and IR spectroscopy and chemometrics
  • Synthesis and characterization of solid state polymorphic transformations
  • Spray jet behaviour during SCF rapid exapnsion using in-situ spectroscopy
  • Non-linear release modelling such as dual first order
  • In-situ gelling systems for systemic and non-systemic drug delivery


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Auckland
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences, University of Otago
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy, The University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Otago


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2021) Doctor Philosophy

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Han, Felicity, Kumeria, Tushar and Falconer, James R. (2019). HaBS-Med Collaborative Seeding Grants 2019. The University of Queensland. (Dataset) doi: 10.14264/uql.2019.756

  • Batt, Laurie Robert, Win, Su, Davies, Keryn, Gill, David Anthony, Falconer, James Robert, Cleverly, Douglas Robert and Wu, Zimei (2016). Transdermal formulations. WO 2014132227 A1.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision