Products that contain nanoparticles in their formulation are finding increasing applications in a wide range of industries including the personal and health care, coatings, paints and inks, plastics due to their unique properties- greater reactivity, strength and conductivity. Some examples in current use include transparent sunscreens, packaging with superior barrier properties, reinforced rubber products such as car tyres. In order for nanoparticles to be highly functional, it is essential to achieve as fine a dispersion as possible and the dispersion should be stable for a long shelf life.
Some of these products are in the form of nanoparticulate dispersions. The manufacturing process therefore requires the incorporation of nanoparticle powders into a liquid and subsequently deagglomeration to achieve a fine dispersion. Often several process devices are used for the different stages and process design relies to a great extent on trial and error prolonging the time to market of newly formulated products. This project aims to address this approach and is aligned with the Manufacturing the Future Priority Theme of the EPSRC.
The study will build on previous work of the supervisor and make use of high shear process devices. The objectives will be to establish the effects of particle properties and hydrodynamic conditions on the kinetics of incorporation and deagglomeration.
The knowledge developed will provide guidelines for industrial practice applicable to a wide range of products. You will have the opportunity to make use of a large installation which can process 100- 200 litres, i.e. pilot to manufacturing scale as well as analytical techniques such as particle sizing, rheology, electron microscopy. The knowledge and skills developed should enhance your employability in a wide range of industries. It is anticipated that there will be the opportunity to present and discuss findings during international conferences and also network with other researchers in the field.
This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.
The candidate is expected to have a degree in Chemical Engineering or a related discipline with at least a 2:1. Please state other relevant experience in the application.
English language requirements
Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the international website: Language Requirements
All applications should be made online via the following link: Apply Now
Under school/department name, select ‘Chemical Engineering’. Please quote reference GOTCG034.
The deadline for applications is 1st October 2020.
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