Research in the departments
In the Pharmaceutical Biology and Microbiology Department research focuses on pharmaceutical microbiology, mainly on resistance mechanisms in antibiotics. Other research projects deal with volatile secondary plant ingredients and their precursors covering biological, chemical and pharmaceutical aspects that involve both specific application problems and questions raised by basic research.
The extensive predominantly experimental research activities carried out by the Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry Department encompass the synthesis of new molecules having different pharmacological and biological action profiles, fundamental aspects of heterocyclic chemistry as well as detailed studies on the mechanisms of action of pharmaceuticals using low molecular model systems.
The Pharmaceutical Technology Department deals with problems resulting from the manufacture of dosage forms with a focus on solid forms. Main emphasis is placed on investigating ingredients and excipients with techniques from materials science, controlling the release of active ingredients from coated dosage forms and optimising tableting processes. The department is also concerned with biopharmaceutical problems such as optimising dosage forms (for instance transdermal patches) in order to obtain better effects and improving and determining the cutaneous penetration of the actives ingredients.