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
  • Masters (Research) of Bioethics, University of Otago
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy, The University of Auckland
  • Postgraduate Diploma, University of Otago
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Otago


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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

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision