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Ira Buckner

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics
School of Pharmacy and Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmaceutical Sciences

Mellon 420
Phone: 412.396.1006


Ph.D., Pharmaceutics, University of Iowa, 2008
B.S., Chemistry, Illinois State University, 1999

Dr. Buckner earned his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics under Dr. Dale Eric Wurster at the University of Iowa working on compression calorimetry. He has also spent time working in preformulation at Abbott Laboratories and Eli Lilly and Co. He has diverse scientific interests in the areas of solid-state and physical chemistry as they relate to pharmaceuticals. Ongoing projects in his laboratory focus on understanding the varied ways in which pharmaceutical solids respond to mechanical energy during processing.

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GPSC 501    Manufacturing Pharmacy

GPSC 502    Pharmaceutical Formulation Development

GPSC 503    Pharmaceutical Unit Operations and Formulation

GPSC 513    Principles of Drug Action, Design and Delivery

GPSC 518    Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Solids

GPSC 618    Interfacial Phenomena and Rheology

GPSC 620    Equilibria and Chemical Kinetics

CHEM 598    Special Topics: Materials Characterization

PHCE 360    Pharmaceutical Principles and Drug Delivery Systems I

PHCE 361    Pharmaceutical Principles and Drug Delivery Systems II


Roopwani, R., Buckner, I. S., Understanding Deformation Mechanisms During Powder Compaction Using Principal Component Analysis of Compression Data. International Journal of Pharmaceutics. 2011, 418 (2): 227-234.

S. Fu, A. Thacker, D. M. Sperger, R. L. Boni, I. S. Buckner, S. Velankar, E. J. Munson, and L. H. Block. Relevance of Rheological Properties of Sodium Alginate in Solution to Calcium Alginate Gel Properties. AAPS Pharm SciTech 2011, 12 (2): 453-460.

A. L. Stewart, I. S. Buckner, and P. L. D. Wildfong. A Shared Assignment to Integrate Pharmaceutics and Pharmacy Practice Course Concepts. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2011, 75 (3): 44. 

I. S. Buckner, D. E. Wurster, and A. Aburub. Interpreting Deformation Behavior in Pharmaceutical Materials Using Multiple Consolidation Models and Compaction Energetics. Pharmaceutical Development and Technology 2010, 15: 492-499.

I. S. Buckner, R. A. Friedman, and D. E. Wurster. Using Compression Calorimetry to Characterize Powder Compaction Behaviour of Pharmaceutical Materials. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 2010, 99: 861-870.

M. D. Moore, A. M. Steinbach, I. S. Buckner, and P. L. D. Wildfong. A Structural Investigation into the Compaction Behaviour of Pharmaceutical Composites Using Powder X-ray Diffraction and Total Scattering Analysis. Pharmaceutical Research 2009, 26: 2429-2437.

A. Aktham, I. S. Buckner, D. Mishra. Utilization of Compaction Energetics for Understanding Particle Deformation Mechanism. Pharmaceutical Development and Technology. 2007, 12: 405-414.

M. Dogan, A. U. Dogan, F. I. Yesilyurt, A. Dogan; I. S. Buckner, D. E. Wurster. Baseline Studies of the Clay Minerals Society Special Clays: Specific Surface Area by Brunauer Emmett Teller (BET) Method. Clay and Clay Minerals. 2007, 55 (5): 534-541.

J. M. Standard, I. S. Buckner, D. H. Pulsifer. Basis Set Effects in Ab initio Studies of Sulfur Trioxide-water Complexes. Journal of Molecular Structure: Theochem. 2004, 673 (1-3): 1-16.

R. F. Henry, G. Z. Z. Zhang, Y. Gao, I. S. Buckner, Fenofibrate. Acta Crystallographica E, 2003 (E59). 699-700.


J. M. Standard, I. S. Buckner, D. H. Pulsifer, Ab initio Studies of the Interaction of Sulfur Trioxide and Water. Abstracts of Papers, 220th ACS National Meeting, Washington, DC. 2000.

  • Mechanical characterization relevant to pharmaceutical powder compaction
  • Interactive mixing
  • Processing induced instability