Prof. Claude A Farrugia

Prof. Claude A Farrugia

Prof. Claude A Farrugia


Associate Professor

Room 330
Chemistry & Pharmacology Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2378
Prof. Farrugia graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Malta in 1991 with a B.Pharm.(Hons.) degree. In 1994 he was awarded a scholarship grant by the University of Malta and a research assistantship by the Institute for Tuberculosis Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, enabling him to pursue his studies towards a Ph.D. in Pharmacy, with specialisation in Pharmaceutics, which he obtained in December 1998. In recognition of his academic achievements, Prof. Farrugia was inducted to both the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Prof. Farrugia was appointed Lecturer in Chemistry at the Junior College of the University of Malta in 2001. He was subsequently appointed Senior Lecturer in Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry in 2007, and promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. He currently lectures in both biological and applied chemistry, and oversees all the department’s chemistry practical study units.

Prof. Farrugia is closely linked with the pharmaceutical industry in Malta, with experience in Good Manufacturing Practices, quality assurance and regulatory affairs. He has been the President of the Malta Qualified Persons Association (MQPA) since 2004, and is also currently the Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Business Section in the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, and President of the European Industrial Pharmacists Group (EIPG).
  • Physical chemistry of gelatin
  • Gelatin-surfactant interactions
  • Gelatin nanoparticle production
  • Stability and analysis of medicinal products and their ingredients
  • Powder surface properties and flow behaviour
  • Analysis of natural products
  • Hydrophobic dispersions of pharmaceutical powders

Lia, F., Morote Castellano, A., Zammit-Mangion, M. & Farrugia, C. 2018, "Application of fluorescence spectroscopy and chemometric models for the detection of vegetable oil adulterants in Maltese virgin olive oils", J. Food Sci. Technol., .

Mazzonello, A., Valdramidis, V., Farrugia, C., Grima, J. & Gatt, R. 2017, "Synthesis and characterization of silver nanoparticles", International Journal of Modern Engineering Research, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 41.

Pace, F., Lia, F. & Farrugia, C. 2017, "Physicochemical Properties of Medicinal Compounds in the World Health Organisation's Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification", Proceedings of the 57° Simposio AFI.

Cauchi, G. & Farrugia, C. 2016, "Development of a Single Optimized Method for the HPLC Analysis of Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker (ARB) Antagonists", Proceedings of the 56° Simposio AFI.

Duca, D. & Farrugia, C. 2016, "Development and Validation of HPLC-PDA Assay method of Frangula emodin", Mediterranean Journal of Chemistry, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 374--386.

Mallia, L., Sinagra, E. & Farrugia, C. 2016, "Influence of pH and gelatin concentration on the size and zeta potential of gelatin colloidal dispersions", Proceedings of the Tenth World Meeting on Pharmaceutics, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology.

Millan-Sango, D., Garroni, E., Farrugia, C., Van Impe, J.F.M. & Valdramidis, V.P. 2016, "Determination of the efficacy of ultrasound combined with essential oils on the decontamination of Salmonella inoculated lettuce leaves", LWT - Food Science and Technology, vol. 73, pp. 80-87.

Pace, F., Lia, F. & Farrugia, C. 2016, "Assessment of Solubility as a Physicochemical Classifying Parameter in the Anatomical Therapeutic Classification", Proceedings of the 56° Simposio AFI.

Lia, F., Farrugia, C. & Zammit Mangion, M. 2015, "Determination of antioxidant activity of olive oil phenolic extracts", Proceedings of the 9th World Congress on Polyphenols Applications.

Mizzi, M., Duca, D. & Farrugia, C. 2015, "A Study on the Solubility Of Frangula Emodin", Eighth National Chemistry Symposium.

Sciberras, J.N., Galloway, S.D., Fenech, A., Grech, G., Farrugia, C., Duca, D. & Mifsud, J. 2015, "The effect of turmeric (Curcumin) supplementation on cytokine and inflammatory marker responses following 2 hours of endurance cycling", Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 5-014-0066-3. eCollection 2015.

Zammit Mamo, R., Ellul, M. & Farrugia, C. 2015, "A Study of Surfactant Effects on the Physical Chemistry of Vegetable and Mineral Oils", Eighth National Chemistry Symposium.

Ellul, M., Sinagra, E. & Farrugia, C. 2014, "Quality by design optimization of active pharmaceutical ingredient dispersions based on physicochemical parameters", Proceedings of the Ninth World Meeting on Pharmaceutics, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology.

Fenech, M. & Farrugia, C. 2014, "A correlation of physicochemical properties of selected medicinal compounds to their Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical classification", PharmSci 2014.

Mazzitelli, O., Calleja, A., Sardella, D., Farrugia, C. & Zammit-Mangion, M. 2014, "Analysis of the molecular diversity of Olea europaea in the Mediterranean Island of Malta", Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, , pp. 1-7.

Popova, M., Trusheva, B., Cutajar, S., Antonova, D., Mifsud, D., Farrugia, C. & Bankova, V. 2012, "Identification of the plant origin of the botanical biomarkers of Mediterranean type propolis", Natural product communications, vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 569-570.

Popova, M., Trusheva, B., Antonova, D., Cutajar, S., Mifsud, D., Farrugia, C., Tsvetkova, I., Najdenski, H. & Bankova, V. 2011, "The specific chemical profile of Mediterranean propolis from Malta", Food Chemistry, vol. 126, no. 3, pp. 1431-1435.

Farrugia, C.A. & Groves, M.J. 1999, "Gelatin behaviour in dilute aqueous solution: designing a nanoparticulate formulation", The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, vol. 51, no. 6, pp. 643-649.

Farrugia, C.A., Farrugia, I.V. & Groves, M.J. 1998, "Comparison of the Molecular Weight Distribution of Gelatin Fractions by Size-exclusion Chromatography and Light Scattering", Pharmacy and Pharmacology Communications, vol. 4, no. 12, pp. 559-562.

  • BIO1070 - Perspectives and Research Methods in Biology
  • CHE1355 - Principles and Industrial Applications of Chemical Metrology
  • CHE1356 - Principles and Industrial Applications of Chemical Metrology
  • CHE1500 - Fundamentals and Applications of Biological Chemistry 1
  • CHE1700 - Chemistry Practical 1
  • CHE1750 - Health and Safety in the Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHE2510 - Fundamentals and Applications of Biological Chemistry 2
  • CHE3505 - Topics in Applied Chemistry
  • CPH3010 - Pharmacology C
  • CPH3601 - Introduction to Pharmacology for Chemistry Students
  • CPH4500 - Introduction to Pharmacology for Biology and Chemistry Students
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ORCiD: 0000-0002-7706-6687
Researcher ID: N-3138-

Prof. Farrugia is the Project Leader for ERDF011 (Furnishing and Equipping of the
Chemistry & Biology Building Extensions) and the Contact Person for ERDF018
(Strengthening of Analytical Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering and Electromagnetics
RTDI Facilities). He is also the elected representative of the Department of
Chemistry on the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Science, the Chairperson of the
Faculty of Science Subcommittee on Health and Safety and the Chairperson of the
Faculty of Science Subcommittee on the National Curriculum Framework, and a member of
the Boards of Studies of the Chemistry Single Honours and Chemistry Double Honours

Professional Membership:
Fellow of the Institute of Science and Technology
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Member of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Scientists
Member of the Royal Society of Biology
Member of The Organization of Professionals in Regulatory Affairs
Pharmaceutical scientist member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

National and International Appointments:
President, European Industrial Pharmacists Group (EIPG)
President, Malta Qualified Persons Association (MQPA)
Chairman, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Business Section, Malta Chamber of Commerce,
Enterprise and Industry
Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of the Malta College of Pharmacy Practice